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Study: Ocoee most visited white-water river in United States
Published 05/22/2013 at 5:51 p.m.
Whitewater rafting is big business, and on the Ocoee River, business is booming.
Smokies add 2 new beetles, canopy cages in fight against hemlock adelgid
Published 05/20/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
COSBY, Tenn. — At the eastern end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, not far from Cosby, Tenn., are three 25-foot-tall hemlock trees enveloped in nylon that appear out of nowhere like circus tents in the middle of the ...
Obed program invites area students to discover what's in their backyard
Published 05/12/2013 at 4:57 p.m.
LANCING, Tenn. — One morning last week Cynthia Susak, a sixth-grader at the Petros-Joyner School near Wartburg, Tenn., discovered she has a knack for rock climbing.
DNA study showing bear population booming in Big South Fork
Published 05/05/2013 at 4 a.m.
New population estimates of black bears in and around the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are shining a positive light on an experimental reintroduction that took place in the park almost 20 years ago.
4,000-acre land deal links the Smokies and Cherokee National Forest
Updated 05/06/2013 at 11:04 a.m.
TALLASSEE — The overlook on U.S. Highway 129 was filled to capacity with motorcyclists from Texas, Florida and Louisiana. They had pulled off the Tail of the Dragon, an 11-mile stretch of highway in Blount County famous for its scenery ...
Sweet 2.5-mile hike to Cummins Falls leads to a top 10 swimming hole
Published 05/02/2013 at 5:56 p.m.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Since we started this hiking column four years ago, Adam Brimer and I have visited some outstanding waterfalls. Laurel Falls and Abrams Falls, both in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are postcard classics, while Wildcat Falls, in ...
Controlled burns help save forests
Published 04/28/2013 at 4 a.m.
TELLICO PLAINS — One morning this spring, fire broke out at the southern end of the Cherokee National Forest in a remote area known as the Beaverdam Burn.
Documentary on local wildflowers garners awards
Published 04/25/2013 at 4 a.m.
A small video production company in North Georgia has won top honors for a documentary featuring wildflowers and the passion they inspire.
'Walk Off the War' gives veterans a chance to heal
Published 04/22/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Walk Off The War provides military servicemen and women returning from tours of duty in the Middle East the opportunity to hike the trail as a means of alleviating the negative effects of war. “All you have to think about ...
Newfound Gap Road in Smokies opens a month ahead of schedule
Published 04/15/2013 at 10:36 a.m.
CHEROKEE, N.C. — Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopened at 10 a.m. today, only three months after a major landslide took out a 200-foot section of pavement six miles south of Newfound Gap.
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