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‘Downton Abbey’ Visits Biltmore

Biltmore Estate makes the perfect setting for the costumes from “Downton Abbey.” more »

Jan 23, 2015 3:16 PM Country Roads

Kent Mason

400 Acres of Tears Trail Protected

And in West Virginia, a stretch of the Wild Cheat River is made a wildlife management area. more »

Jan 7, 2015 3:48 PM Mountain Report

John Hartigan

Tennessee Creates State Park with Birding Theme

At the end of a country road called Kelly Lane, in Knox County, you’ll find Tennessee’s newest state park, the Seven Islands State Birding Park, a 416-acre place where visitors may linger freely among hundreds of bird species. more »

Jan 7, 2015 3:33 PM , , Country Roads

Stephanie Jeffries

Why We Need Wilderness

Wilderness has not escaped the long reach of human influence. Despite that, we need wilderness today more than ever. more »

Jan 7, 2015 2:57 PM Guest Columnists

Elizabeth Hunter

Are The Yellows Mellow? Some, Not All

The color has life throughout the growing year, and beyond. more »

Jan 7, 2015 2:49 PM Mountain Garden

This old chimney in East Tennessee holds many stories, not least of which are those that come into the mind of a visitor to its site and surroundings.

Steve Cason

The Old Stone Chimney

The remnant of an old house close to yours can be a source of curiosity and research. Or, of imagination at work. more »

Jan 7, 2015 2:34 PM Features

The Weekend: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia as Hub for Exploration

While history and scenery are the dominant attractions of this corner of West Virginia and Maryland, shopping, dining and hiking also provide lures. more »

Jan 7, 2015 11:35 AM Features

North Georgia: Dining Destination

Our dining writer, just back from his time away, makes some delightful discoveries in an area he’d never visited before. more »

Jan 7, 2015 10:38 AM Features

A group of unidentified Zittles clusters around the family home in this undated photo.

Photo courtesy the Douglas Bast Collection.

Mountain Curios: The Wizard of South Mountain

Many believed in the magic of Wizard Zittle to cure their ills and change their fortune. His own fortune changed after he broke the magicians’ code. more »

Dec 23, 2014 8:54 AM Magazine 1 Comments

Photo by Joe Tennis

Mountain Curios: The Little Train that Could is Now a Rail Trail

The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway survived war, the depression, changing extraction goals and much more. Now it has a new life. more »

Dec 23, 2014 8:40 AM Magazine

Mountain Curios: Was Abe Lincoln a North Carolinian?

Success does have many fathers, but as many as 17 candidates for the presidential paternity? more »

Dec 23, 2014 8:34 AM Magazine

Hikes on Massanutten Mountain will be a part of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 40th Biennial Meeting.

Photo by Leonard Adkins

The Hike: Prep for 2015 Events and Fests

Some of these gatherings also offer great hikes. more »

Dec 22, 2014 4:27 PM The Hike

Creature Feature: The Amazing Crane Comeback

The stunning return of the sandhill crane to eastern Tennessee began in the 1990s and has continued. more »

Dec 22, 2014 3:30 PM Creature Feature

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