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Don’t take the Smokies home!

The scene is a simple one. A young boy, fascinated by slick stones in a creek, picks one up and skims it across the water, trying to reach the other bank. As wholesome as this scene may appear, it is one that shouldn’t happen in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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David Crosby

Crosby helps to inspire “A Search for Safe Passage”

Legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby passed away at the age of 81 on January 19, 2023. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. David Crosby’s music influenced creative director Frances Figart in writing GSMA’s award-winning title A Search

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Steve Kemp, Kent Cave, and Terry Maddox were colleagues working together in the realms of GSMA and the National Park Service during an important period of growth for the association. The trio gathered in September 2022 to share memories of their experiences as GSMA prepared for its 70th year of service to the National Park Service in 2023. Provided by Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Terry Maddox leaves enduring legacy

The holiday spirit was tinged with sadness for many longtime park friends and supporters upon hearing that retired Great Smoky Mountains Association executive director Terry Maddox had passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 21, 2022. He was 73 years old. The forward-thinking and tenacious Maddox led Great Smoky

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Hike offers reminder to explore at own pace

As much as I love seeing rainbows, I hadn’t intended to hike to Rainbow Falls, where, according to Waterfalls of the Smokies, the afternoon sun can create a wondrous rainbow effect. For some reason, I’d gotten it into my head that the trail would be more strenuous than this 2022

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Moonshining in and around the Great Smokies: Part 2 – the process

With some variations, all moonshiners used common techniques for making illegal whiskey. The process, bolstered by a few secret tricks of the trade, was passed down through the generations. Former revenue agent John Wesley Atkinson in After the Moonshiners By One of the Raiders: A Book of Thrilling, Yet Truthful

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Inaugural Daisy Town Day shows that elkmont is not a ghost town

If you’ve been to the Elkmont Historic District of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ve probably come across a gathering of vacant buildings—many with wide porches, stone chimneys, and wooden shutters. Some of the buildings are slowly returning to nature, their leftover stonework an enduring declaration that they were once

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