Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I made my first trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1975 when I was in graduate school at UTK in Knoxville.  Three years later, forty years ago, our family made our first hiking trip, when we participated in a church sponsored outing, which included a walk up Mount LeConte.   Since then, we've … Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Before the Park – Life in the Smokies

By Stephen Most of us in this area of North Carolina live in close proximity to the most visited national park in the United States: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   Last year the park celebrated its 75th anniversary with an array of  celebrations of the mountain culture that was endemic in the park's area before it … Continue reading Before the Park – Life in the Smokies