The Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains are FULL of incredibly interesting history.  The people that settled here in these mountains lived very different lives from the traditional urban home and business owners.  Life in the Blue Ridge was a hard life, due to the terrain, wildlife, and remote locations.

Our History series of articles focuses on sharing the History of the Blue Ridge Mountains with you, through stories and photos about the people and places that made the Blue Ridge Mountains what they are today.

A love story on Porter’s Creek

A historical blog today about the good times and hard times in the mountains years ago. If you've hiked up Porters Creek inside Big Greenbrier (Part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) you've walked by the little Ownby Cemetery. The lost in ...
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Little River Trail

Little River Trail, located in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National is a fun trail full of interesting history.  Little River is a an out and back trail, with an optional loop.  Keep reading for lots of photos and more information ...
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Kephart Prong Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On Memorial Day, we took a family hike up Kephart Prong trail, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We didn't have big expectations since the trail was just a simple out and back trail with no waterfall or exciting destination, but ...
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Rough Fork Trail – Cataloochee Valley

After our long  7.4 mile hike along Boogerman Trail a week ago, we were looking for something a little more relaxing and easier for this weekend.  We elected to head back to Cataloochee Valley and hike up the two mile roundtrip Rough Fork trail to ...
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Boogerman Trail – Cataloochee Valley

With more than 3,000 miles of trails, finding a new trail to hike on isn't difficult at all.  I had read a few good reviews on Boogerman Trail, over in Cataloochee Valley.  Boogerman trail, if you follow the loop, is 7.4 miles roundtrip.  About 2 ...
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Grove Park Inn Asheville NC

May 2011 was our 19th wedding anniversary and we decided to do something extra special.   We planned a trip to The Grove Park Inn Asheville, NC for the weekend.   We had heard wonderful stories about the Grove Park for many years, ...
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