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New trail on HikingintheSmokys.com: Sugarland Mountain Trail - 1 views

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    The Sugarland Mountain Trail provides hikers with one of the best views of Mt. LeConte.
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The Boogerman Loop - 1 views

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    Huge old-growth trees and history await you on this awesome hike in the beautiful Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains. Click to find out how this trail got its name.
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Hen Wallow Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 1 views

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    Hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Sheri Fresonke Harper

Top Five Friendly and Accessible Beaches in Queensland, Australia - 2 views

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    Beaches in Queensland, Australia are wonderful to explore, on and off season, here's some of the more accessible ones to visit.
Jeff D

The 7 Most Awesome Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains - 0 views

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    If you haven't yet hiked these seven trails in the Smokies, they must be on your to-do list for your next visit - or your just not getting the full Smoky Mountains experience.
Jeff D

Christmas in the National Parks - 0 views

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    The National Park Service has recently launched a new Holiday Events Page on its website. Plus, two events in the Great Smoky Mountains for the holidays.
Jeff D

List of December Specials on Cabins in the Smoky Mountains - 0 views

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    The following is a list of specials and discounts being offered during the month of December by cabin and chalet rental owners in the Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend as well as the North Carolina side of the Smokies).
Jeff D

New Smokies hiking book just released - 0 views

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    A brand new book regarding hiking in the Smoky Mountains was released by Amazon this past week. The book was written by William Hart and is called: 3000 Miles in the Great Smokies.
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Mountain Laurel Heaven: Hike to Spence Field in the Smokies - 0 views

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    As we approach the late spring season, I just wanted to remind hikers not to pass up the excellent opportunity to see the incredible displays of mountain laurel at Spence Field, located on the Appalachian Trail near Thunderhead Mountain.
Jeff D

Easy guided walks & hikes this summer in the Smokies - 0 views

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    Beginning this weekend, Great Smoky Mountains National Park launches its summer guided walks program. Each day, beginning tomorrow, June 20, and running through August 15, the park service will offer several programs and activities throughout the park, including several guided walks and hikes.
Jeff D

Flame Azaleas on Gregory Bald in Smokies near peak bloom - 0 views

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    Tom Harrington, a volunteer for the Great Smoky Mountains, made the trek up to Gregory Bald yesterday to observe the status of the world famous Flame Azalea blooms at the summit.
Jeff D

Bear warnings in Great Smoky Mountains continue to increase - 0 views

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    The number of closings and warnings posted at campsites, shelters and trails in the Smokies has increased to 16. A research ecologist from the University of Tennessee has stated that visitors should expect to see more bears this year. To emphasize this point, a bear broke into a house this week - in Knoxville!
Jeff D

Flame azaleas in Smokies approaching peak bloom - 0 views

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    If you're anywhere near the Great Smoky Mountains in the next three weeks or so, whatever you do, don't miss the flame azaleas at the summit of Gregory Bald. Azalea lovers from all over the world come here to visit perhaps the finest display of flame azaleas anywhere on the planet.
Jeff D

Bear warnings/closings on the rise in the Smokies - 0 views

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    If you haven't noticed, the number of bear warnings and campsite closings in the Smoky Mountains continues to increase. Since early spring, a new warning or closing has popped-up almost every week. In fact, two new warnings have been added just this week. Expect to see more bears this year according to bear expert.
Jeff D

Smoky Mountains cabin listings expand on hiking website - 0 views

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    The number of Cabins & Chalets listings for your vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains continues to expand. You can now find a cabin or chalet of any size, with a variety of amenities, in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend & the NC Smokies. Plan your hiking & accomodations on the same website.
Jeff D

Hike to see Azaleas on Gregory Bald in Great Smoky Mountains NP - 0 views

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    Make plans now to see the world famous flame azaleas at the summit of Gregory Bald in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The spectacular display of wildflowers usually peak during the mid-to-late June time period. The hike to Gregory Bald is a roundtrip of 11.3 miles and a climb of more than 3000 feet, but is well worth the effort.
Jeff D

Further clarification of bear spray laws in natonal parks - 0 views

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    Bear spray is illegal in national parks, however, individual parks can override this law using an instrument called a 'Superintendent's Compendium.' This explains why bear spray is allowed in national parks out west, but remains illegal in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Jeff D

The Synchronous Fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains - 0 views

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    Each June in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains, a natural phenomenon occurs that continues to baffle scientists. During a two week window in late spring, thousands of lightning bugs flash in complete unison. Other than the Smokies, the only other place this occurs is in southeast Asia.
Jeff D

Bicycling in the Great Smoky Mountains - 0 views

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    We're still a couple of weeks away before the Cades Cove Loop Road closes on Wednesday & Saturday mornings for bicycles. However, there are still many options for cyclists in the Smokies area. Article includes suggestions for road cycling & mountain biking routes/trails in and around the Smokies.
Jeff D

Hike to good ole' Rocky Top in the Smoky Mountains! - 0 views

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    Yes, this is the same Rocky Top that inspired the famous lyrics that is now the fight song for the Univ of Tennessee. This hike is one of the best hikes in the Smokies, especially if you hit the trail in June when the mountain laurel is on full display at Spence Field. Make sure to watch the video.
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