Wildlife

The Great Smoky Mountain Bear Quiz!

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cumberland falls is a stunning waterfall in Kentucky

Kentucky’s Niagara Falls: See the Massive Hidden Waterfall in Appalachia

This impressive waterfall is also known for being the only place with a predictable moonbow As someone who grew up in Indiana and has lived in Tennessee more than 30 years, my relationship with the Bluegrass State is complicated. For much of my life, Kentucky has been something you get through on the way to where you’re going, not the

Creepy Looking Toxic Slime Coated Worm Spotted in East Tennessee

TVA has indicated that Hammerhead worms have been spotted around Norris, Tennessee, just north of Knoxville and may thrive in rainy summer weather As someone who has been digging in the East Tennessee earth for more than 30 years, I thought I had a handle on most of the creepy crawlies one might encounter. I’ve turned over rocks and scared

a raccoon on a leash and the welcome to tennessee sign

6 Utterly Bizarre Tennessee Laws You Didn’t Know Existed

​​Tennessee has a few bizarre laws on the books which range from rollerblading at the state Capital to owning pet raccoons I’ve covered Tennessee politicians for more than 20 years. As a result, I know that they are much better at putting new laws on the books than they are at removing old ones. For instance, for years both atheists

a lone star tick and fontana lake in the smoky mountains

A Bite From This Smoky Mountain Tick Could Give You Food Allergies

Meet the Lone Star Tick – A tick found in and around the Smoky Mountains whose bite might trigger food allergies in humans I can testify that Alpha-Gal Syndrome, or AGS, is real. My father lost his ability to eat beef following a tick bite. Also, this particular tick can be found in the Smoky Mountains. There is a tick

people standing around and taking closeup pictures of a bear in cades cove

7 Things Not To Do When You Spot Wildlife In the Smoky Mountains

A few tips and tricks on what not to do when you see wildlife in the Smoky Mountains Warmer weather has returned to the mountains and with it, wildlife in the Smokies is more active. As someone who has lived near the mountains for more than 30 years, I’ve seen my fair share of people who have surprisingly little awareness

fireflies in the night sky

Now’s Your Chance To See the Synchronous Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

Each year, thousands of people compete for the chance to attend this limited-capacity light show in the Smoky Mountains The hardest ticket to obtain in the Smokies isn’t to Dollywood’s new drone show. It’s not dinner theater on the strip. Certainly, it’s not the lumberjack competition. It’s a ticket to a light show that only happens for a few weeks

a black bear cub crosses the street

The 3 Dangerous Animals You Should Avoid in the Smoky Mountains

Wildlife spotting is part of the fun when visiting the Smoky Mountains, but you’ll need to keep your distance from these dangerous animals As someone who has run around the mountains of East Tennessee for over three decades, I know dangers lurk in the mountains. No, I’m not talking about Bigfeet or feral people or witches or haints. Mother Nature

a nesticus spider and the smoky mountains

3 New Spiders Have Just Been Discovered in the Smoky Mountains

Calling all arachnophobes – 3 new species of spiders have been found in the Great Smoky Mountains Last year, a pair of scientists announced they’d identified 10 new species of spiders, three of them residing in the Smokies. Some are surprised when they announce a new species in the park. However, as someone who has lived around the mountains for

The scissor tailed flycatcher

Strange Birds Are Being Sighted Throughout the Smoky Mountains

Rare birds known as ‘accidentals’ are known to make rare sightings in the mountains of East Tennessee You see a flitter of color. You hear the distant echo of a song. Unless you’re a birder, it won’t mean much to you other than a moment of beauty to brighten the day. As someone who has lived in the area for