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out frThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park marked a milestone last week with the unveiling of 10 new pieces of equipment to make transportation in the park more energy-efficient. 

A project four years in the making, the new purchases — made using a $239,000 grant — are just the first phase in a three-year plan to reduce emissions in the park.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:25

Take in the view on Purchase Knob hike

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out hikepurchaseA hike taking in the views from Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the secret hideaways of The Swag Country Inn’s Nature Trail will show off autumn’s best on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

out praderMany an 85th birthday has been observed with a simple gathering of friends and family sharing cake and memories, but Franklin resident Jim Pader had something more in mind when he crossed that milestone this month — he hiked 23.5 miles across the Grand Canyon.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:21

Carolina Bonsai Expo to celebrate 20 years

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out bonsaiA nationally recognized bonsai tree expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:19

Smokies has new chief ranger

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out rangerThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s district ranger for the Tennessee side of the park, Steve Kloster, has been named chief ranger for the park.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:12

Mapping fall color

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out fallcolorA new map from Appalachian State University’s Michael Denslow gives a visual prediction of fall color’s schedule in the mountains, based on elevation and latitude — one of the first maps to consider both factors.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:07

Zombie apocalypse comes to WCU

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out zombiesThe fastest runners at the Zombie 5K Race Chase Saturday, Oct. 31, will have survival of the zombie apocalypse to name as their reward.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:06

Pro paddlers headed for NOC

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out nocElite slalom paddlers from across the U.S. will converge at Nantahala Outdoor Center this month for the 2015 USA Canoe and Kayak Slalom Nationals Oct. 9-10, an event hosted by NOC and the Nantahala Racing Club.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:01

Bryson gears up to celebrate fly fishing

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out flyfishingA festival celebrating all things fly fishing will liven up Bryson City Saturday, Oct. 10, just as the mountains come into their peak of fall beauty. The inaugural Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival will involve everything from casting demonstrations to displays from local fly tyers.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:35

Share your favorite image from the MST

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out someviewA photo contest seeking the best of sights along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is open through Oct. 31.