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<em>Smoky Mountain Magic</em>

Smoky Mountain Magic

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC--Horace Kephart's fictional adventure set in the Deep Creek watershed, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Bryson City in the summer of 1925. Written in 1929 and never before published. The original manuscript was passed down for 3 generations recently surfaced during the park's 75th anniversary celebration. "What better topic than a journey into a forbidden realm, complete with witches, robber barons, noble savages and a winsome lady, all wrapped in a cloak of mystery and myth?" asks reviewer Gary Carden. Kephart is featured in Ken Burn's PBS series on our national parks. He is the author of "Our Southern Highlanders", "Cherokees of the Smokies", and "Camping and Woodcraft". Available in hardcover and softcover. Read More >

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Newfound Gap Road in Fall by John Northrup

Newfound Gap Road in Fall by John Northrup

Drive across the park on Newfound Gap Road, also known as U.S. Hwy.441.  The road is 29 miles long and goes from Sugarlands in Tennessee to Oconaluftee in North Carolina.  The road gains altitude toward the center when it crosses Newfound Gap.  There is a wonderful overlook at the Gap which is also the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina.

From Tennessee toward Newfound Gap you will see Sugarlands Self-Guiding Nature Trail, The Chimneys Picnic Area, Chimney Tops Overlook, The Loop, Alum Cave Trail, Morton Overlook, Mt. Mingus, and then Newfound Gap with the Rockefeller Memorial the Appalachian Trail, and Clingmans Dome.

From North Carolina toward Newfound Gap you will see Mingus Mill, Smokemont Campground, Collins Creeek Picnic Area, and Webb Overlook.

Newfound Gap in Snow by Terry Barnes

Newfound Gap in Snow by Terry Barnes

Newfound Gap in Winter Fog by Donna Eaton

Newfound Gap in Winter Fog by Donna Eaton