Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible- Part 2

Click here to read the first part. ‘It’s all about the mules’ Of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 11 million annual visitors, very few will ever encounter a passel of pack mules while out hiking the trails, but most will — though unknowingly — reap the benefits of the animals’ hard work.  Trail work … Continue reading Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible- Part 2

Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible – Part 1

A member of the mule team waits patiently as Danny Gibson moves in the background to assess the load to be transported. Holly Kays photo In popular culture mules get a bad rap, cast as stubborn, ornery and even mischievous.  But Danny Gibson, animal packer for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spends more time with mules … Continue reading Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible – Part 1