A sweet harvest tradition returns

In a live demonstration staged in the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mark Guenther puts sweet sorghum cane through a mule-powered mill. Milling is the first step of the sorghum syrup-making process. Photo by Valerie Polk, provided by Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Not so long ago, many farming families in Southern Appalachia celebrated the long-anticipated arrival of the harvest season with a special treat: fresh sorghum syrup. Today, thousands still flock to see the syrup-making process and get a taste of the sweet stuff when Mark and Sherry Guenther of Muddy Pond Sorghum host their seasonal demonstrations […]

North Shore decoration days continue thanks to park staff

Bone Valley. Bradshaw. Higdon. Proctor. Hall. These are just a few of the names that grace more than 20 cemeteries in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that are only accessible by boat. Today, pilgrims from this region and from all over the country are transported to these special burial sites — some extremely remote — through […]

Asheville renovator breathes new life into Cataloochee structures

Back in the late winter of 2016, avid cyclist Sean Perry was feeling burned out on biking. With spring just around the corner, he took a break from his Trek Superfly hardtail and began a new regimen of long runs after work into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “I would go in the Smokies, primarily Cataloochee, […]