Rugby, Tennessee – A quaint mix of history and outdoor fun

Rugby is a unique destination for families looking for a quaint mix of history and outdoor fun. (Photo: Brian Stansberry)The historic village of Rugby in Northeast Tennessee was established in 1880 as a social experiment by British author and social reformer Thomas Hughes, who hoped to provide a better life in America for the younger sons of wealthy English families. Today, Rugby is a unique destination for families looking for a quaint mix of history and outdoor fun, providing easy access to the woods and waters of Big South Fork National [...]

February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Parks, Tennessee, Unique Stays|Tags: |

Northeast Alabama – Explore Cathedral Caverns State Park

Cathedral Caverns State Park is located near Lake Guntersville in Northeast Alabama. (Photo: Peter Jones)Two-thirds of the Alabama's more than 4,200 known caves occur in the northeastern section of the state, and one of the region's most visitor-friendly and impressive caves is Cathedral Caverns, located at Cathedral Caverns State Park near Woodville, Alabama. The massive entrance to Cathedral Caverns - 128 feet wide and 25 feet tall - leads to an underground wonderland featuring one of the largest stalagmites in the world (measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in [...]

February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Alabama, Parks|Tags: |

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee – Tag Monarch butterflies in Cades Cove

Tremont offers free monarch tagging programs each fall. (Photo: Tiffany Beachy, GSMIT) Fall color in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in East Tennessee is dazzling, with crisp hues of red, brown, yellow and orange painting the landscape. Each September and October, the park features another autumn spectacle—the migration of the monarch butterfly. Each fall, these bright orange and black butterflies dance through the Smokies as they begin their journey south to overwinter in Mexico. Ongoing research and tagging programs are helping scientists track monarchs, identify migration routes and understand the dynamics of the population. [...]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Conservation Education, Mountains, Parks, Tennessee, Wildlife Wonder|Tags: |