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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

23 Must-Do Hikes In The National Parks

The Outbound Collective | Posted 10.05.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

You need to hit the trail and get into the wild to really capture all that the parks have to offer. Take a look at this list, lace up your hiking boots, and start planning your next hiking trip.

7 Life Lessons Learned From Whitewater Rafting

Grace Bluerock | Posted 09.24.2015 | Sports
Grace Bluerock

There's no other recreational sport quite as exciting, yet humbling, as whitewater rafting. It's one of those activities that takes the non-adventurous person out of their comfort zone from the moment they step into the raft until the moment they pull the boat safely back to the shore.

A Drive in the Woods: The Appalachian Trail by Rent-a-Car

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The Appalachian Trail is back in the news these days. Some of us have indelible memories of our experiences on the trail. Here's my tale of tracing the entire length of it, years back, in, uh, a rented Geo Prizm.

Top Ten Joys of an Unplugged Summer Vacation

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
Kristi York Wooten

As cruise ships and theme parks begin to offer visitors more ways to interact with their attractions by using phones and tablets during rides or shows, it has become nearly impossible to find a place for a family vacation where the focus is solely upon relaxation, enjoyment and a genuine break from our hectic lives.

10 Secret Spots In America's Top National Parks

SmarterTravel | Posted 07.02.2015 | Travel

Short of visiting in winter and hiking deep into the backcountry, the parks' popularity can make it tricky to find your own slice of solitude. Tricky, but not impossible. Here are 10 scenic spots you can have all to yourself.

Hiker Discovers an Abandoned Town Inside Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Roadtrippers | Posted 12.03.2014 | Travel

Sometimes it's easy to take for granted how much land there is in America. Sure, it's harder and harder to find places that haven't been explored, but it's also become easier to forget places that we've already been.

An Appalachian Trail Road Trip

Home Away | Posted 10.26.2014 | Travel
Home Away

This road trip will also deepen your knowledge of American history and geography. The Appalachian Trail passes through 14 states, but the best driving routes are the Skyline Drive in Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

10 Reasons to Spring Break at The Blackberry Farm

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 05.26.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

As you consider a spring getaway, make sure to take note of one of the country's best-kept secrets, The Blackberry Farm located in East Tennessee. The 4,200-acre private estate is surrounded by lush green scenery, unparalleled luxury, Southern hospitality and gourmet cuisine.

Sad End For Elk That Starred In Viral Video

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green

An elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been euthanized, following the animal's appearance in a viral video late last week. National Park...

Great Smoky Mountain Tourism On The Rise

AP | Posted 07.13.2013 | Travel

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The National Park Service expects visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to rebound, now that U.S. 441 has been ...

Smoky Mountain Trails Set To Reopen After 2011 Tornado Damage

AP | Posted 07.01.2013 | Travel

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Two Smoky Mountains hiking trails have been reopened, two years after tornado damage forced their closure. T...

10 Reasons to Visit the Smoky Mountains Right Now (PHOTOS)

Home Away | Posted 06.04.2013 | Travel
Home Away

While it's fun and cheap to visit year-round, those who are picky and visit in April or May will be rewarded. Shoulder Season is upon us, and it doesn't get much better than this -- mild weather, empty hiking trails and scene stealing wildflowers are just a few great reasons to visit the Smokies.

10 Reasons To Visit Charlotte

George Hobica | Posted 05.21.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

Many a traveler moves through Charlotte; fewer stick around. For some, it's just a busy hub airport, visited occasionally while taking advantage of US...

Two Dead After Storm Rips Through The Great Smoky Mountains

AP | ERIK SCHELZIG | Posted 09.05.2012 | Green

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) — Crews spent Friday clearing trees and reaching stranded visitors at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, a day a...

Great Smoky Camping Areas Closed On Account Of Bears

AP | Posted 08.27.2012 | Travel

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed two camping areas because of bear activity. The Asheville Ci...

WATCH: America's Bear Capital

Kari Haugeto | Posted 05.24.2012 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

It turns out Grizzlies roamed these mountains more than a century ago. The black bears were actually introduced to the region in 1933 and can sometimes be seen lumbering through the neighborhoods foraging for food.

WATCH: The Cataloochee Valley Social

Matt Brass | Posted 03.12.2012 | Travel
Matt Brass

A few historical structures dot the landscape here as reminders of the once thriving community. Due to it's relative solitude, no paved roads service the valley.

2 Bodies Found After Millions Of Gallons Of Sewage Spill From Tennessee Plant

AP | By BILL POOVEY | Posted 06.06.2011 | Green

GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- Crews on Tuesday recovered the bodies of two workers from the rubble of a wastewater-treatment plant wall that collapsed earlier ...

Fall Leaves: 10 Places For Vibrant Foliage

Huffington Post | ThienVinh Nguyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

With the autumn season in full swing, this means we'll be seeing leaves change color and carpet the ground. Check out the best places from the around...

9 National Parks In Danger (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | ThienVinh Nguyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In light of Ken Burns' documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea and a recent report that lists "National Parks in Peril," we're featuring 9...

Ken Burns' New National Parks Documentary Starts Slowly, But Gets Better

Levi Novey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Levi Novey

I suspect those who only watch the first few episodes will be teetering on the edge of boredom. Those who stay around longer, or just cherry-pick an episode to watch among the later ones will end up much more excited and satisfied.