News for cyclists

Mountain Ride location announced

The fifth annual Cycle North Carolina weekend “Mountain Ride” will be held in Tryon and Polk County this year Aug. 4-5, Cycle North Carolina announced last week.

The Mountain Ride, last year held in Bryson City, brings more than 400 cyclists to participate in a fully supported weekend of summer cycling along scenic mountain back roads. In the past cyclists have come from more than 20 states and ranged in age from 13 to 80-plus years.

Registration is available at

The Naturalist's Corner

Back Then with George Ellison

  • One of the Smokies’ finest poets
    One of the Smokies’ finest poets Editor’s note: This Back Then column by George Ellison first appeared in the Feb. 15, 2012, edition of The Smoky Mountain News. Olive Tilford Dargan is fairly well known in literary circles as the author of From My Highest Hill (1941), a delightful collection of autobiographical…
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