New Member of the Team!

Fitz Roy Joins the BecauzeItzThere Team! As part of BecauzeItzThere's charter mission to bring you the best in outdoor recreation from around the globe, we have added our newest 'cast member' to the team...please welcome Fitz Roy! Fitz Roy is the only current member of our dog sled team. We were hoping to make a …

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Loving the Loved To Death Park: How to Avoid Crowds in the Smokies

Avoiding The Crowds is Key to Enjoying America's Most Visited National Park There are no shortage of published sources that tell you how to have a great time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. On the subject of avoiding the crowds, most of the advice boil downs to, “Don’t go where the other people do …

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The Great Smoky Mountains: A Love(d to Death) Story

How (Not) to Enjoy Americas Most Visited National Park In our last post we visited Charlie’s Bunion, one of the most popular hikes in the most loved to death national park in America…Great Smoky Mountain National Park. GSMNP is a fantastic place, and Charlie’s Bunion sure is a great viewpoint. But this is definitely a …

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The Hike to the World’s Most Celebrated Bunion, Charlies!

Charlie’s Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park *We have added Charlie’s Bunion via the AT to our list of Great Hikes in the Southern Appalachians. It’s actually a no-brainer on this list, a hike that everyone in the region eventually does. It would also be very near the top of our favorite hikes named for …

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Is this the Best Trail in the Southern Appalachians?

Black Balsam via the Art Loeb Trail *We have added Black Balsam/Tennent Mountain via the Art Loeb Trail to our list of the best hikes in the Southern Appalachians. In fact, the Art Loeb Trail in it’s entirely may be the best multi-day trail in the South. This is just one (arguably the best) section …

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It’s December and Guess What’s Coming Down the Chimney? A Rock!

Chimney Rock State Park, NC *We have added Chimney Rock to our Best Places to Hike in the Southern Appalachians. Though developed already (maybe a little overdeveloped) this is yet another park that could be much better than it already is. **We last visited Chimney Rock State Park almost nine years ago. Though the photos …

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The Incredible Shrinking (and Late Arriving Fall) Color Show

Higher Temps and More Rain, Humidity Mean a Later Onset of Autumn How did this year’s fall color display in the Appalachian Mountains compare with those of years past? The short answer, at least when we were there to experience it, is…not that well. For the second straight year, fall colors came late to the …

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