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The Boogerman Loop - 0 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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Win a Yellowstone National Park Photo Expedition - 0 views

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    Amazon is offering customers a chance to win a trip to Yellowstone National Park. In addition to the trip, the winner will also be awarded a Canon Photography equipment package, as well as a private lesson with Adam Jones, a leading photographer and instructor in Canon's "Explorers of Light" program. You must enter before November 15.
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Photos from Rocky Mountain National Park hiking trip - 0 views

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    With nearly 360 miles of trails, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is an absolute hiker's paradise. Trails range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain peak climbs. Check out my hike reports & photos from the Keyhole on Longs Peak, The Loch, Odessa Lake, the Old Ute Trail, Sky Pond and Bluebird Lake.
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Hiking to The Loch & Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park - 0 views

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    Sky Pond, at an elevation 10,905 feet, sits at the bottom of an amphitheatre of sheer cliff walls that box in the lake on three sides. This an incredibly beautiful setting. One person we met said that the Cathedral Spires that ring the western shore of the lake reminded them of Switzerland.
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    The area should be amazing...
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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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Smokey Bear turns 65 today! - 0 views

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    Happy Birthday to Smokey Bear, the mascot of the U. S. Forest Service created to educate the public on the dangers of forest fires. Smokey Bear's famous message "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" was created in 1944 by the Ad Council. It's the longest running PSA campaign in U.S. history.
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Telluride MountainFilm Tour to visit Cashiers, North Carolina - 0 views

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    The 2009 Telluride MountainFilm Tour will be making a two-day stop in Cashiers, NC next month, marking the first time the film festival has ever traveled to Western North Carolina. Check out the clip from Pickin' & Trimmin'.
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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.
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Black Bear Statistics - 0 views

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    Frank van Manen, a U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist and president of the International Association for Bear Research and Management, said it's not that the bears are becoming more aggressive. Instead, he said, bear populations are skyrocketing under state bans or limits on bear hunting.
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Top Seven Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains - 0 views

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    The top seven hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, includes hikes to Mt. LeConte, as well as Gregory Bald, which is about to experience peak bloom for the world famous flame azaleas at the summit.
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Grandfather Mountain becomes a North Carolina state park - 0 views

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    Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, NC, officially became North Carolina's newest state park yesterday. The park is best known for its mile-high swinging bridge, the highest in America, built in 1952 by Hugh Morton.
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New Wilderness Protection for 2 Million Acres Signed Today - 0 views

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    President Barack Obama has signed legislation today that sets aside more than 2 million acres as protected wilderness.

    The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, a collection of nearly 170 separate measures, protects land, lakes and shorelines for future generations. It also represents one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in a quarter-century, protecting vast tracts of land, hundreds of miles of rivers and trails, and historic sites and heritage areas.
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