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Dealing with the aftermath of two major storms while preparing for what could be another record-breaking visitor season, trail crews in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been keeping busy this spring.  “Three major projects are taking place in addition to the normal routine spring cleaning that our crews do, along with storm damage that we’ve had from several different wind events,” said park spokesperson…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:06

Trio of trails get a makeover

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Rainbow Falls Trail: The Rainbow Falls Trail is the next trail in line to get a complete rehabilitation through the Smokies Trails Forever program, funded by Friends of the Smokies. 
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:02

New book revives Hazel Creek history

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A new book has hit the shelves exploring the history of the Hazel Creek community, which is now one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most isolated areas.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:01

Explore the Smokies, support the park

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An overnight excursion to a remote section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will explore the area in style Aug. 28-29.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:00

Poll shows support for conservation funding

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A poll commissioned by the conservation coalition Land for Tomorrow showed wide support for land and water conservation, with mountain residents voicing the strongest support. Statewide, 73 percent of those polled wanted the state to fund $100 million for the state’s three publicly funded conservation trust funds.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:59

Lend a hand at Panthertown

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A trail workday and wildflower hike will give some love to the Greenland Creek Trail in Panthertown Valley Backcountry Recreation Area on Friday, May 26.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:59

Cherokee unveils trail system

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A new 10.5-mile mixed-use trail system is complete in Cherokee, with trails open to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 26. A special grand opening event will likely follow in early June.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:47

Explore Smokies skies

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A mile-high stargazing event will explore the mountain’s night skies at 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Purchase Knob in the Haywood County portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:25

Pedal the mountains

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Spring is here and Western North Carolina’s rural roads have drawn their fair share of cyclists who are ready to roll. Weekly rides are underway throughout the region, offering seasoned riders and new converts alike the chance to get pedaling.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:23

Solar eclipse viewing tickets on sale

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 Tickets are now on sale for the Great American Solar Eclipse in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, available on a first-come, first-served basis for $30 apiece.