Wally Smith

Author Articles

Going Home Again

A steep mountain road Brings a Runner Back to His Roots "You OK, son?" It's mid-October of 2003—one of those crystal-clear fall afternoons that never seems...

Finding Pine Mountain

A largely undiscovered oasis in the coalfields is helping communities rebuild. My hiking partner and I have been walking the Kentucky-Virginia border for an hour...

Hidden Treasures

Southern rivers are some of the world’s most biologically diverse. Snorkelers are taking the plunge to see for themselves. Casper Cox sits neck-deep in the...

Chasing The Light

A Synchronous Firefly Discovery Raises Questions About How We Experience the Outdoors Night falls in the cove where I've set up a camera and tripod,...

What’s In Our Rivers?

Most of us don't know. Here's a quick guide to the health of the water you paddle, fish, swim, and drink. Kentucky's Stoney Fork isn't...

The Hellbender Paradox

Locals and rural folks know a lot more about the outdoors than we often assume. "I guess you could say we spent our youth on...