"Cataloochee Creek and its tributaries are noted for their populations of wild trout." -GSMNP Cataloochee Valley was a great place for settlers in the mountains by the late 19th and early 20th century. A great isolated valley, surrounded by 6,000 feet mountains, served as a mountain...

Among all the amazing places to explore in the Great Smoky Mountains, the waterfalls are without doubt jaw-droppings experiences. Thanks to my passion for hiking, I was able to visit almost all of the waterfalls in the park, or at least the most famous ones....

"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it." - Harry Middleton Here I shall document all the fish species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that I was able to catch, either by fishing or electroshocking. The Great Smoky...

The birds of the Smokies may migrate hundreds of miles towards other countries, but I will always carry them in my heart My summer in the Smokies was full of intriguing adventures and wonderful animals; some of the best animals I could see and hear all...

I never thought mistakes would come in so handy. Once again, I joined the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to go electroshocking. It was not until we reached the site that we realized we had left the battery packs for the shockers. When Mica, the...

How it started vs how it ended My fishing station in front of Tom Branch Falls Happy family after completing their junior ranger angler badge "Nothing like refreshing yourself in the cold waters of the river after a hot day of work." - Julio Andrés Campis Díaz This fishing program...

It is here that the stories of the Smokies live forever Today I will do the Mingus Mill Creek trail for a second time. (06/06/22). The Great Smoky Mountains is full of beautiful, quiet, adventurous, and historic trails. One of the first trails I have done...

My name is Julio Andrés Campis Díaz. I am a Puerto Rican senior university student finishing my bachelors degree in cellular biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. I am a lover of history, movies, and nature, especially living organisms like plants,...