Mountain Resource Center

Mountain Resource Center

Sometimes I just feel like a brainless hike up a hill with no route finding, treacherous terrain or precarious precipices. At a time when we need alternative stories more than ever, the twentieth century seems caught on loop: industrial capitalism occasionally spiked by nationalism, occasionally screened by liberalism, but the cogs of the machine keep whirling much the same.mountainmountain

Exactly what form this takes, we’re still working on – but it’s going to be an online publication, something more and different to a blog – and a site that reflects more of the web of activity of the writers, thinkers, artists, musicians, makers and doers who have taken up the challenges of the Dark Mountain manifesto.

The adjacent Great Smoky Mountains National Park, now boasting over nine million visitors annually, has transformed Gatlinburg into a mountain resort destination, packed with accommodations of every sort, dozens of restaurants, and attractions galore!

For lesser thrill seekers Deep Creek Recreation area in the Smoky Mountain National Park near Bryson City offers exciting tubing and the Tuckaseegee River flowing parallel to the Smoky Mountain Parkway between Dillsboro and Whittier offers Mom approved rafting for young children.mountain

Each year, we publish two books: a spring anthology which follows in the line of our early issues, and an autumn special issue, whose editors get to play with other ways of making a Dark Mountain book, while pushing deeper into a theme on which this project touches.