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Great Smoky Mountains

Language Crisis: The American Indian Reality

Walt Wolfram | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts
Walt Wolfram

In the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, a few more elderly native speakers of Cherokee silently pass away every few months. A language spoken for at least three millennia in the region faces extinction.

Finding Your Paradise Vacation and Fine Cuisine on the Backroads

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 08.12.2013 | Travel
Kim Michele Richardson

Sometimes we find diamonds in hidden places we want to keep them secret and not share. Then again, wonderful jewels kept in darkness never bring joy to anyone. I stumbled on two such nearly hidden jewels on my recent backroads trip in Western North Carolina.

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.

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...

Will The Smoky Mountains Stay 'Smoky'?

Posted 04.28.2012 | Green

By Douglas M. Main, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor The shroud that envelopes the Great Smoky Mountains isn't actually smoke, it's a mist of wate...

PHOTOS: 5 Unforgettable Fall Foliage Drives

Shermans Travel | Posted 08.28.2012 | Travel
Shermans Travel

We've rounded up five top drives for taking in fall's fiery red, orange, and yellow palette -- and only one of these excursions is located in the Northeast.

Heads-up Ranger Rescues Bear Caught In Jar

AP | Posted 09.21.2011 | Weird News

NEWPORT, Tenn. — A black bear is back in the woods in Tennessee after getting help with a problem – a plastic jar stuck on its head. State wild...