Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear!

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Only you can prevent wildfires.

Smokey Bear

What an honor to have our campfire build & photo featured as your example of how to practice fire safety! Thank you for helping teach and inspire future generations to preserve & protect America’s landscapes.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Share the Experience (2017)
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Stairs leading to Mingo Falls in Cherokee National Forest

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

John Muir
2017 (c) Gold Star Creative

A forest haven awaits at Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, where you can enjoy the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, or of course, solitude on a backcountry trail like the once pictures.

The 650,000-acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee, and the perfect spot for exploring.

Take a day tour or stay over night, there are options for every kind of explorer through the link in our bio. – Recreation.gov

12 Trails for Fall Mountain Biking

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No matter what the weather, fall is an invigorating time to be riding on dirt.

Tsali Recreation Area, North Carolina

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Nantahala National Forest, Share the Experience (2017)

“Though some trails within the Nantahala National Forest are closed to bikes, the Tsali singletrack trails are nationally known for great mountain biking and generally rated as moderately difficult. Tsali (Sah-lee) Recreation Area’s four-loop system offers a variety of landscapes, and offer alternating days for mountain bikes and horses, so check before you go. You can climb one-foot wide rugged paths or travel flat, wide roads. Tsali’s trails meander through mixed pine and hardwoods on a peninsula stretching into Fontana Lake.”


– Kristi Bray, Recreation.gov

Fall in Poinsett State Park

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10 South Carolina destinations you should visit if you’re looking for fall colors

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Poinsett State Park, November 13, 2016 – Photo published in The Island Packet

Poinsett State Park: Often referred to as “The Mountains of the Midlands, ” this park yields some of the most unique natural sightings in the park system, especially along the Palmetto trail. Hiking and biking trails wind through the entire park, and Poinsett’s 10-acre lake can be used for fishing and johnboat rentals.

The Island Packet, Hilton Head, SC