Five best hikes of the Smokies

Still haven’t checked out the national treasure of hiking trails in our backyard in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Or haven’t ventured beyond one or two trailheads?

Join Friends of the Smokies hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein and a panel of Smokies hikers at REI in Asheville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, to learn more about the ins and outs of hiking in the Smokies. From a leisurely stroll along the Oconaluftee River to a two-night backpack along the Appalachian Trail, our adventurous panel has endeavored to hike all the trails in the Smokies.

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    A strange mix of books crosses my desk The first weeks of 2018 have seen some offbeat books shamble across my desk and into my fingers. First up is John Buchan’s Mr. Standfast, also known as Mr. Steadfast. Buchan, a Scottish novelist and politician who served as Governor General of Canada from 1935…
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