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The last known footprint of the slant-eyed giant Judaculla is not easy to get to.

First, there’s the drive to Wolf Laurel Trailhead, which takes about an hour to reach from Robbinsville up a steep and rutted U.S. Forest Service road that winds past tumbling waterfalls and an intersection with the Appalachian Trail before reaching the parking lot. Then there’s the hike — 3.5 miles of steep uphills offset by rocky downhills pieced together with the occasional stretch of level ground, often while traversing a narrow ridgeline with slopes falling steeply to either side.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:27

Help tidy up the Tuck

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The 33rd annual Tuck River Cleanup is just around the corner — Saturday, April 8 — and Western Carolina University is looking for volunteers willing to get dirty to keep things clean.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:26

Assault on Blackrock draws high turnout

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Despite some negative publicity last month when spikes were planted along the trails at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, turnout was high for the grueling Assault on Blackrock trail race Saturday, March 18, at Pinnacle Park.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:25

Nature Center to ramp up education efforts

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The WNC Nature Center will launch a regional education outreach program thanks to a $52,000 grant Friends of the WNC Nature Center received from the N.C. Science Museums Grant Program.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:24

Help stock the Pigeon River

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Trout fans are invited to help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Trout Unlimited Cataloochee chapter stock the West Fork of the Pigeon River, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:18

Meet Grandma Gatewood and the A.T. experience

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Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and storyteller Nancy Reeder will talk about her hikes on the A.T. in relation to the experience of Grandma Gatewood during her program “Pushing the Limits of Survival” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:16

Franklin welcomes A.T. hikers

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Franklin Trail Days is here in Macon County, with a lineup of activities on tap to rejuvenate tired thru-hikers and entertain local trail enthusiasts.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:14

Smokies association honored for interpretive work

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association took home top honors from the Public Lands Alliance’s annual awards this year.

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.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:14

Run toward spring

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It may be winter, but running season is just around the corner, with registration already open for some races.