national parks

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As visitors return to Western North Carolina’s trails and parklands, they’re leaving mounds of trash behind them.

A 2018 survey of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers shows 95 percent of them are white.   The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is partnering with nonprofits and outdoor groups to get more people of color outside and on the trails. 

The Beauty And The Danger Of The Smokies

Aug 10, 2016
Davin Eldridge


"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods." - John Muir


Every year in the Smoky Mountains another visitor’s death makes the local news.


“What a scary experience, Gabriel Alexander was attacked while in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”


If you're on a North Carolina mountaintop on a sunny day this summer, expect a great view…  maybe the clearest in decades. State environmental officials say it’s the payoff from years of air quality improvements.