Clan of the Trail Crew

June is national outdoors month and I for one would like to wrap this month up with a little love for some unsung heroes in the world of public lands: Trail Crew Workers. You may be asking yourselves, what is Trail Crew? And, you would not be alone. They are the oft-forgotten or unknown backbone … Continue reading Clan of the Trail Crew

Horace Kephart – Writer, Outdoorsman, National Park Activist…Librarian?

By Jeff This past weekend in Bryson City, the town celebrated the life of  Horace Kephart (1862-1931), who made Swain County his home away from home.  Kephart, for those who don't know, was the writer of Our Southern Highlanders (1913) and Camping and Woodcraft (1918), two works that are, after nearly a century, still in print.  … Continue reading Horace Kephart – Writer, Outdoorsman, National Park Activist…Librarian?

On the water front

By Abby Summer is, admittedly, not my favorite season. (Autumn is, for anyone keeping track!) That being said, I have been a long-time fan of the great outdoors and anything involving water, and summertime is just made for spending your weekends in rivers, lakes, and other assorted swimming holes. At least, that’s been my plan … Continue reading On the water front