Documents entered into a court case over the backcountry fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park confirm that a private resort outside the park boundaries cleared and maintained a trail inside the park for a number of years.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an enormous outdoor playground with 800-plus miles of trails stretching across its 500,000+ acres. As you can imagine, those trail miles require quite a bit of upkeep.
When it comes to construction skills, male Anhingas are slackers. Oh, they’re good at pulling together nesting materials, but that’s about it. Instead of turning the sticks, twigs, and leafy greenery they collect into a nest for their mates, they stash the materials in trees and let the females build the actual nest.
Physics seems to have an answer for just about everything. How else could you explain why smaller backpackers can carry rather large backpacks?
Do national park-related issues affect your decisions at the ballot box?
After you've purchased your annual parks pass, or paid your week-long entrance fee to your favorite national park, how much more money do you send to the National Park Service?
One of the most idyllic drives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, but if you don't venture down that road soon you'll miss your chance until late next Spring as work is scheduled to replace eight bridges along the 5.5-mile one-way road.
It matters little whether you start in the south and drive north, or start in the north and drive south; the fall finery that cloaks the Appalachian Range has few peers when the climatic conditions converge in mid-October.