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Ep. 73 – Hiking with Baby and a Book Update!

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SHOW #73  August 3, 2016 Intro This week on Episode 73 Smoky Mountains Radio, hiking with baby, and a sneak peak at the new book! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Wednesday, August 3, 2016 and this is Episode 73 of

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Ep. 72 – Beating the Crowds in the Smoky Mountains

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Intro This week on Episode 72 Smoky Mountains Radio, leave with crowds behind, and a special announcement at the end of the show! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Sunday, July 17, 2016 and this is Episode 72 of Smoky Mountains

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Ep. 71 – I’m Back Again and Night Hiking

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SHOW #71  July 10, 2016 Intro This week on Episode 71 Smoky Mountains Radio, Where have you been?!?, the world has gone crazy, a trip to the movies, and night hiking! It’s good to be back! Let’s go! Post-Intro It

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Ep. 70 – Do You Wanna Buy a Timeshare?

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SHOW #70  December 24, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 70 Smoky Mountains Radio, I’m Back…..again! And we discuss timeshares in the Smoky Mountains. Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Thursday, December 24 and this is Episode 70 of Smoky Mountains

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Ep. 69 – I’m Back!

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Intro This week on Episode 69 Smoky Mountains Radio, …………….that’s right, We are back here at SMR! It’s a welcome back episode. Tonight, I say hello after a long hiatus, give you a long drawn out explanation about my absence,

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Ep. 68 – A Fond Farewell

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Yes, it is time to say goodbye….for now.  Thanks to all of you that have listened, written,called or met up with me over the last two years. I hope to be back with you in the near future.  All the

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Ep. 67 – History of the Smokies Mount LeConte

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SHOW #67  August 2, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 67 Smoky Mountains Radio, the history of the the Smokies greatest mountain, Mount LeConte! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Sunday, August 2, 2015 and this is Episode 67 of Smoky

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Ep. 66 – A Trip Report and Your SMR Feedback

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SHOW #66  June 23, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 66 Smoky Mountains Radio, It’s trip report time! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Tuesday, June 23, 2015 and this is Episode 66 of Smoky Mountains Radio.  It’s been a couple

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Ep. 65 – Nightlife in the Smokies and the Summits of Mount LeConte

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SHOW #65  June 8, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 65 Smoky Mountains Radio, Nightlife around the Smokies, and the confusing summits of Mount LeConte! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Monday, June 8, 2015 and this is Episode 65 of

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Ep. 64 – Smokies Trail Signs and Helicopter Rides

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SHOW #64  May 31, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 64 Smoky Mountains Radio, How Reliable are Trail Signs and Helicopter rides! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Sunday, May 31, 2015 and this is Episode 64 of Smoky Mountains Radio. 

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Ep. 63 – The Bugs Are Here, and Smokies Picnic Areas

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SHOW #63  May 19, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 63 Smoky Mountains Radio,The Bugs Are Here, Picnic Areas, and Poll Results! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Tuesday, May 18, 2015 and this is Episode 63 of Smoky Mountains Radio. 

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Ep. 62 – Free Things in the Smokies and Parking in Gatlinburg

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SHOW #62  May 11, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 62 Smoky Mountains Radio,The best free things to do in and around the Smokies, Parking in Gatlinburg, and Welcome Centers! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Monday, May 11, 2015 and

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Ep. 61 – Snakes in the Smokies and Kanati Fork Trail

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SHOW #61  May 4, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 61 Smoky Mountains Radio, Why did it have to be snakes?, listener feedback, and our Spotlight Hike of the Week (Kanati Fork Trail)! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Monday, May

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Ep. 60 – Passing the Time in Traffic, News, and Listener Feedback

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SHOW #60  April 27, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 60 Smoky Mountains Radio, News From Around the Mountains,Time wasters in traffic, and your questions and feedback!  Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Monday, April 27, 2015 and this is Episode

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Ep. 59 – Listener Feedback and a Hiking Book Review

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SHOW #59  April 12, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 59 Smoky Mountains Radio, it is time to finally open the mailbag and respond to your questions and feedback!  Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Sunday, April 12, 2015 and this

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Ep. 58 – Smoky Mountains From a Kid’s Perspective

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SHOW #58  March 29, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 58 Smoky Mountains Radio, our first interview to get a look at the Smoky Mountains from a kid’s perspective! Post-Intro It is Sunday, March 29, 2015 and this is Episode

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Ep. 57 – Getting in Shape for the Smokies

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SHOW #57  March 22, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 57 Smoky Mountains Radio, Getting into shape for the Smokies! Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Sunday, March 22, 2015 and this is Episode 57 of Smoky Mountains Radio.  Welcome back

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Ep. 56 – The Amazing Randy, Hiking Shuttles, and Gone Fishing!

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SHOW #56  March 15, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 56 Smoky Mountains Radio, The Amazing Randy, the results of our 2nd listener poll, taking a shuttle, and gone fishing!  Let’s go! Post-Intro It is Sunday, March 15, 2015 and

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Ep. 55 – Take a Break, Listener Poll Results, and Hemphill Bald

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SHOW #55  March 8, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 55 Smoky Mountains Radio, Take a break during hiking, a review of our 1st listener poll, and the triumphant return of the Spotlight Hike of the Week.   Let’s Go!

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Ep 54 – Leave No Trace, Right of Way, and the 1st Listener Poll

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  SHOW #54  February 28, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 54 Smoky Mountains Radio, Leave No Trace, I Have the Right of Way!, and our first listener poll.   Let’s Go! Post-Intro It is Saturday, February 28, 2015 and

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Ep. 53 – Stuck in the Mountains During Winter

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SHOW #53  February 17, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 53 Smoky Mountains Radio, News From Around the Mountains, Listener Feedback, and Getting Stuck in the Mountains.   Let’s Go! Post-Intro It is Tuesday, February 17, 2015 and this is

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Ep. 52 – Tourist Traps and the Worst Hike in the Smokies

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  SHOW #52  February 8, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 52 Smoky Mountains Radio, News From Around the Mountains, Biggest Tourist Traps, and the Worst Hike in the Smokies.   Let’s Go! Post-Intro It is Sunday, February 8, 2015

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Ep. 51 – 900 Miler, Best Deals on Lodging, and Jack

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SHOW #51  January 25, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 51 Smoky Mountains Radio, The found Jack, How to get the absolute best deal on lodging in the Smokies, and our not so Spotlight Hike of the Week (900 Milers).

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Ep. 50 – An AT Book Review, News, and the Goldmine Loop Hike

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SHOW #50  January 11, 2015 Intro This week on Episode 50 Smoky Mountains Radio, The missing Jack, a little bit of the news, a Review of the Book Walkin’ With the Ghost Whisperers, Lore and Legends of the Appalachian Trail

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Ep. 49 – Arts and Crafts Community and Outdoor Classes

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SHOW #49  January 4, 2014 Intro This week on Episode 49 Smoky Mountains Radio, An update on Jack, The Arts and Craft Community in Gatlinburg, and outdoor classes to get you ready to hike.   Let’s Go! Post-Intro It is

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Ep. 48 – A Trip Report, Cabin Rentals and News from the Smokies

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SHOW #48  December 29, 2014 Intro This week on Episode 48 Smoky Mountains Radio, We recover from another Christmas Holiday season and I give you a trip report and updates.   Let’s Go! Post-Intro It is Monday, December 29, 2014

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Ep. 47 – More Trail Closures, Black Bears Taken, Road Prong Trail

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SHOW #47  December 12, 2014 Intro This week on Episode 47 Smoky Mountains Radio, Another Trail is closing, black bears go bye bye, a little feedback, and our Spotlight Hike of the Week (Road Prong Trail).   Let’s Go! Post-Intro

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Ep. 46 – Mountain View Hotel and Richland Mountain

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SHOW #46  November 26, 2014 Intro This week on Episode 46 Smoky Mountains Radio, Happy Thanksgiving, Here Come the people, Mountain View Hotel, and our Spotlight Hike of the Week (Overnight Richland Mountain).   Let’s Go! Post-Intro It is Wednesday,

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Ep. 45 – Driving the Dragon, and Hiking in Precipitation

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SMR #45  November 19, 2014 Intro This week on Episode 45 Smoky Mountains Radio, Driving “The Tail of the Dragon”, When all the roads are closed, and our Spotlight Hike of the Week (Meigs Creek Trail).   Let’s Go! Post-Intro

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SMM 3 – News From Around the Mountain and Listener Feedback

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Smoky Mountains Minute #3: Hello everyone!  Welcome to Edition 3 of the Smoky Mountains Minute.  This is your home for News From Around the Mountain, listener feedback, tips, and anything else that I couldn’t fit into our weekly regular show. 

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Ep. 44 – Meigs Creek, the Wheel, and Smoky Mountain Hiking Myths

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In Episode 44 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we tackle the many water crossings of the Meigs Creek Trail, ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, and tackle 10 of the most common myths of hiking the Smokies. Show notes are gonna

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SMM 2 – Tips, Feedback, and News From Around the Mountains

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Smoky Mountains Minute #2: Hello everyone!  Welcome to our second edition of Smoky Mountains Minute.  This is the place where I will be giving you news from around the mountain, listener feedback, and anything else that I couldn’t fit into

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Ep. 43 – Winter is Coming (is here) in the Smokies!

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Episode 43 is my triumphant return to the microphone after an extended hiatus, and man did a lot happen while I was gone!  Winter reared its ugly head and decided fall is officially done.  Yikes!  But enough about me and

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Smoky Mountains Minute #1 (SMM) – News and Tip of the Day

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Smoky Mountains Minute #1: Hello everyone!  I know you are likely confused by hearing me in the middle of the week, but I have decided to start a new mid-week segment, the Smoky Mountains Minute.  In this short series of

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Episode 42 – New Town in the Smokies, Gaiters, and Flat Creek Falls

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In Episode 42 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we discuss the “new” town discovered in the Elkmont area of the Smokies, we do a gear review of hiking gaiters, and discuss our Spotlight Hike of the Week, Flat Creek Falls.  

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Episode 41 – Spruce Flats Falls Hike, Primitive Roads, and Roller Coasters

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In Episode 41, we take a look at your listener feedback including driving Primitive Roads, new Roller Coasters in the Smoky Mountains, and your Spotlight Hike of the Week, the Spruce Flats Falls Hike.   Primitive Roads These roads are

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Episode 40 – Best Hiking in the Smokies, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

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In Episode 40, we discuss the very best hiking in the Smoky Mountains in each difficulty level, review the excellent book “Awol on the Appalachian Trail,” and hit the latest News From Around the Mountains.   Best Hiking:  Easy, Moderate,

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Episode 39 – 7 Sections of the Smokies, Park Vista Hotel, and Listener Feedback

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In Episode 39 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we go around the park to familiarize you with the 7 different sections of the Smokies, review the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, and answer your listener questions.   7 Areas of the

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Episode 38 – Ripley’s Aquarium, Tanger Outlets, and the Crib Gap Trail

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Episode 38 of Smoky Mountains Radio takes a look at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, and our Spotlight Hike of the Week, the Crib Gap Trail.   Ripley’s Aquarium Containing more than one million gallons of water,

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Episode 37 – Take Great Pictures in the Smoky Mountains

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Today we devote our entire show to taking the very best pictures in and around the Great Smoky Mountains. Tips for Taking Better Pictures Don’t try to fit in too much in one shot.  You can’t get the whole Smoky

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Episode 36 – Mouse Creek Falls, Guidebooks, and a Sock Extravaganza

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Thanks for listening to another edition of Smoky Mountains Radio!  Here are the details from this week’s show:   Socks, Socks, Socks! There are so many options when picking a sock for hiking.  Luckily, i’ve got you covered on making

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Episode 35 – I fought a bear and the bear won: Smoky Mountains Radio

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In Episode 35, we discuss preparing for a bear encounter, Newfound Gap, and our Spotlight Hike of the Week….The Bullhead Trail. Let’s Go! Preparing for a Bear Encounter A bear encounter can be the most exciting thing you see in

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Episode 34 – Going for a 3-fer, The Nantahala Outdoor Center, and the Boogerman Loop Trail

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In Episode 34 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we try going for a 3-fer, visit the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Gatlinburg, and tackle our Spotlight Hike of the Week, The Boogerman Loop Trail.   Going for a 3-FER A 3-FER is

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Episode 33 – Smoky Mountains Radio Listener Feedback

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Episode 33 of Smoky Mountains Radio is all about you. I will read your questions and listener feedback. Thanks to everyone for listening! If you have a question or want to contact me, you can do so a variety of

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Episode 32 – The Gatlinburg Bypass, Budgeting for a Smokies Trip, and the Mountain Mall

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In Episode 32 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we discuss beating the traffic on the Gatlinburg Bypass, Budgeting for a Smokies Trip, and the Mountain Mall in Gatlinburg.   GATLINBURG BYPASS: The Gatlinburg Bypass can save you  time and sanity as

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Episode 31 – Appalachian Trail Documentaries, Hiker Food, and Shuckstack Fire Tower

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In Episode 31, we discuss the three best Appalachian Trail documentaries, Hiker Food do’s and do not’s, and climbing Shuckstack Fire Tower from Fontana Dam.   APPALACHIAN TRAIL DOCUMENTARIES: 1)  Appalachian Impressions – This is the best and most complete

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Episode 30 – First Time Visit, Viewing Wildlife, and Quiet Walkways

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In Episode 30 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we talk about best practices for first time visitors, best places to view wildlife, and all about hiking quiet walkways.   FIRST TIMER’S INFO: Want to have a good experience on your first

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Episode 29 – Juney Whank Falls, Tom Branch Falls, and Indian Creek Falls

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In Episode 29, we are all about waterfalls!  We cover Juney Whank Falls, Tom Branch Falls, and Indian Creek Falls.  We also visit News From Around the Mountains, and the best guidebooks for hiking the AT and state parks.  

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Episode 28 – Ghost Town in the Sky and Smokies Park

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In this Memorial day Episode, we tackle Ghost Town in the Sky and Smokies Park. Thank you to all the men and women who serve and have served in our military, especially those that gave the last full measure of

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Episode 27 – Listener Feedback, Santa’s Land, and the Maddron Bald Loop Hike

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This week on Episode 27, I tackle our listener questions as we open our email queue, visit Santa’s Land in Cherokee, NC, and attempt our first overnight hike of the podcast, the Maddron Bald Loop in Cosby.   Santa’s Land

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Episode 26 – Mount Sterling Hike and Fort Fun

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In episode 26 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we review Fort Fun in Gatlinburg and Mount Sterling Hike as our Spotlight Hike of the Week. NEWS: I will admit that as long as I have been around the Smokies, this one

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Episode 25 – Hiking in the Rain, A Walk in the Woods, and Hiking Brushy Mountain

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In this episode we talk about how a walk in the rain can be a good thing, review Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods,” and cover our Spotlight Hike of the Week, Brushy Mountain.   Hiking in the Rain:

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Episode 24 – Listener Feedback and Silers Bald

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In Episode 24, we answer your questions and hear your feedback about the show, check out the News From Around the Mountains, and venture to the Clingmans Dome area to Silers Bald for our Spotlight Hike of the Week. News

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Episode 23 – The Sugarlands Visitors Center, Cataract Falls and the Fighting Creek Nature Trail

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In Episode 23, we talk about all the News From Around the Mountains, take an in-depth look at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and stroll right behind the visitor center building for our Spotlight Hike of the Week that includes Cataract

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Episode 22 – Our Family Trip Report with reviews of hotels, restaurants, and hiking

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Episode 22 is all about our trip report for our family’s recent trip to the Smoky Mountians.  Topics include the current traffic and when to travel the busy roads off exit 407, the Edgewater Hotel in Gatlinburg, the new Sugarlands

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Episode 21 – Baskins Creek Falls Hike, The Day Hiker, and Top 5 To-Do in the Smokies

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In Episode 21, we talk about News From Around the Mountains, review the Day Hiker store in Gatlinburg, reveal our Top Five Must Do’s in/around the Smoky Mountains, and of course, our Spotlight Hike of the Week….Baskins Creek Falls. NEWS:

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Episode 20 – Cucumber Gap Loop Trail, Wilderness at the Smokies, and Safety at the Trails

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In this episode we talk about the historic Cucumber Gap Loop hiking trail, Wilderness at the Smokies resort, and being safe and smart around the trails. Safety: Being safe in the Smokies is really about just being smart.  the Smokies

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Episode 19 – Ramsey Cascades and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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In Episode 19, we discuss the rich history of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and its people, News From Around the Mountains, and our Spotlight Hike of the Week, Ramsey Cascades. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian has been

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Episode 18 – Rocky Top and the Top 5 Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

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In this episode,  we tackle the Top 5 hikes in the entire Great Smoky Mountains National Park and review our Spotlight Hike of the week, Rocky Top. With nearly 900 miles of trails in the Smokies, you are bound to

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Episode 17 – Ober Gatlinburg and Clingmans Dome

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In Episode 17, we talk about Ober Gatlinburg and our Spotlight Hike of the Week, Clingmans Dome.  We also discuss our Tip of the Day, and News From Around the Mountains.   Show Links: Hard Rock Cafe Moving to Pigeon

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Episode 16 – Hen Wallow Falls Hike, and the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

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In Episode 16 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we talk about the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, answer our listener feedback, and cover Hen Wallow Falls, our Spotlight Hike of the Week. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is located in

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Episode 15 – Hiking is Expensive, and the Andrews Bald Trail

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In Episode 15, we cover the high cost of hiking and camping just about anywhere, including the Great Smoky Mountains.  We also include our Tip of the Week and News From Around the Mountains. High Cost of Hiking and Camping:

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Episode 14 – Stuck on a one-way road and Abrams Falls Hiking Trail

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In Episode 14 of Smoky Mountains Radio, we talk about getting stuck on a one-way road with knowing where you will end up, discuss the news of the week, offer our Tip of the Week, and go into depth about

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Episode 13 – Smokies App Reviews and the Chimney Tops Trail

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In Episode 13, we review the many different apps you get about the Smoky Mountains, offer our Tip of the Week, hit the major news stories in the Smokies, and of course, our Spotlight Hike of the Week, the Chimney

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Episode 12 – Gatlinburg Space Needle, Lousy Mountain Views, and the Jump Off Hike

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In this episode, we visit quite literally one of the largest (certainly tallest) landmarks around the Smokies, the Gatlinburg Space Needle.  At 407 feet, this landmark towers above everything except the mountains themselves.  It has been delighting guests since 1969

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