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The 10 Best Hikes in the Smokies

From the smoke-shrouded summit of LeConte and the open-armed expanses of Andrews Bald, down into the laurel laden hollows of Porters Creek and the historic homesteads of Cades Cove, it’s difficult to overstate the majesty of the Smokies. If anything, the grandeur can be overwhelming. With such a depth and breadth of wilderness to take […]

15 Tennessee Hikes with Amazing Views

There’s a reason we hike mountains. For some, it’s all about the journey and the challenge it presents. For others, it’s the reward at the end—the views. No matter what your reason for setting off into the mountains, we’ve put together a list of 15 great hikes with postcard-worthy views. From easy walks to tough […]

The Fascinating Story Behind Frozen Head State Park

At first glance, Tennessee’s Frozen Head State Park might not seem so different from other natural areas in the Southeast: vivid wildflowers, an array of native birds, surging waterfalls, and misty mountain panoramas. There’s no doubt that it’s an exquisitely beautiful place. But if you extend your stay at the park, you might find yourself […]

6 Great Outdoor Date Ideas Around Knoxville

Forget the cliché date night ideas: It’s not the old dinner-and-a-movie routine that’s going to make your next romantic outing a memorable one. For the active minded, why not try stretching your wings and experiencing something new with your significant other? Knoxville is packed with intimate outdoor experiences, and not all of them require you […]

Look Rock Trail – Hiking

Difficulty: 1 Time To Complete: 1.0 hours Usually under an hour round trip. Distance: 1.0 miles Seasonality: Spring, Summer, Fall, and WinterYear-round, unless the parkway is closed due to inclement winter weather. There are wonderful views of the changing leaves in the fall. Dog Friendly: On Leash OnlyDestination Highlights: Quick Workout and Panoramic Views  The western segment of the […]

Abrams Falls – Hiking

Destination Highlights: Classic Destination  Dog Friendly: No  Seasonality: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter While the Smokies are an amazing year-round destination, road closures due to snow and flooding are common; be sure to check the NPS website for current conditions.  Distance: 5.0 miles There is also a 6.5 mile loop (see parking information).  Time To […]

Where to Find the Best Fall Colors in Virginia

Virginia’s expansive woodlands, famously blue-tinged mountains, and rambling scenic byways are the place to be when colorful autumn leaves are at their fiery peak. Fortunately for seasonal color seekers, the Old Dominion state is also sprinkled with state parks, national forests, and vast wilderness areas. For those to prefer to do their leaf-peeping on foot, […]

6 Best Stargazing Spots in the Southeast

When you live near a city it can be easy to forget just how many stars are in the night sky. But if you take the time to get away from the light pollution, spread out a blanket, and look up, there are more to see than you can imagine. It’s relatively easy to find […]

Fall Creek Falls – Hiking

Destination Highlights: Classic Destination, Weekend Trip, Good For Beginners, Great For Families, Waterfalls, and Panoramic Views  Dog Friendly: Yes  Land Website: Fall Creek Falls Seasonality: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter  Each season brings something special to the park, but winter may just be the best time to go, as there are fewer people, and the water […]

10 Must-Visit Waterfalls in Northeast Tennessee

With the heat of summer quickly approaching, everyone is looking for ways to be near water. Luckily, Northeast Tennessee is abounding with beautiful rivers and streams, many of which flow into spectacular waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, from surging cascades to plunging showers. Whether you’re in the mood for an all-day trek, or a […]