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The Blue Ridge Experience Travel Guide

For 2015, our annual travel guide not only puts you on the road to mountain beauty and fun, but puts you into the experience. C’mon, let’s get busy learning something new, like maybe mushing huskies, making biscuits or slinging inner tubes. more »

Dec 10, 2014 11:19 AM , , Features

Mountain Curios: Sex, Bugs & Rock 'n' Roll, The Synchronous Fireflies of Elkmont, Tenn.

The Big Smoky Mountain Light Show in late May / early June is a sight to behold. more »

Dec 5, 2014 4:31 PM Magazine

Photo Essay: Why We Travel

See more inspiring scenes from Jim Ruff we didn't have the space to share in our Jan/Feb 2015 issue! more »

Dec 5, 2014 4:18 PM Magazine

Beth Macy and Tom Landon on Mill Mountain with rescue dogs Charley and Mavis.

David Hungate

Guest Column, Beth Macy: The Mountain That Saved My Marriage

Beth Macy, a journalist based in Roanoke, Va., is the author of “Factory Man: How One Furniture-Maker Fought Offshoring, Stayed Local, and Saved an American Town,” (Little, Brown & Co.). It will become an HBO miniseries, produced by Tom Hanks. more »

Oct 15, 2014 4:58 PM Guest Columnists

Top Left: Wingstem’s distinctive seed clusters. Top Right: Milkweed pods releasing fluff-borne seeds to ride the wind. Bottom Left: Seedheads of Queen Anne’s Lacelook like little birds’ nests. Bottom Center: Asters have seeds with fluffy parachutes to carry them on the wind. Bottom Right: The bowed seedhead of torch tithonia (Mexican sunflower)

Elizabeth Hunter

Mountain Garden: Going to Seed

The magic of seeds goes beyond their amazing numbers and viability. They’re also, in many cases, simply beautiful. more »

Oct 15, 2014 4:43 PM Mountain Garden

Creature Feature: Wild Turkey Comeback

Wild turkeys, nearly gone by the early 1900s, began a comeback in the Depression. more »

Oct 15, 2014 2:35 PM Creature Feature

Mountain Report: Appalachian Trail to Assess Lands

It will be the most extensive survey of the 2,180-mile trail in its 90-year history. more »

Oct 15, 2014 2:29 PM Mountain Report

The Hike: Warriors' Path Trail Magic

This found hike woke up the veteran distance hiker’s eyes and senses to the beauties around him. more »

Oct 15, 2014 10:17 AM The Hike

From the Editor: Farewell to our ‘Heart and Soul’

In case you missed it, the most admired and cherished part of this magazine for many readers says goodbye with this issue. more »

Oct 15, 2014 8:45 AM From the Editor 2 Comments

Solitary wild bees like this bumblebee nectaring on Torch Tithonia (Mexican sunflower) provide essential pollinating services to wild and garden plants.

Elizabeth Hunter

From the Farm: For the Wild World

The challenges facing the monarchs and the wild bees bring illumination and duty to protect what we put in peril. more »

Oct 14, 2014 4:23 PM From the Farm

Clockwise from top left: The Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort, the mile-high swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain, the Biltmore House Candlelight Christmas Evenings and Cataloochee Ski Area.

Photos credits, clockwise from top left: Chetola Resort, Grandfather Mountain, Biltmore House and Matthew Morse.

Winter Getaways: Where to Cut, Ski, Hike, See the Lights and More

Whether you’re ready to brave the cold to cut a tree or a path, or prefer to stay warm with a visit to A home tour or a SIP OF A unique winter brew, we’ve got the places and the specifics. more »

Oct 10, 2014 4:35 PM Features

Joe Tennis

The Smokies: Treasures in Every Season

Frog legs, go-karts, trains, wave pools, Santa Claus, Dolly Parton, pancakes, waterfalls, and a competition of chaps with chainsaws: welcome to the eclectic attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee and North Carolina. more »

Oct 7, 2014 1:59 PM Features 1 Comments

Left: Old-fashioned rambling roses, accidentally spared, bloomed exuberantly around and over the old mulberry stump. Right: The spidery blooms of witch hazel appear in late October, lighting up the woods as autumn’s foliage fades.

Elizabeth Hunter

Mountain Garden: Flexibility Pays Dividends

In what might be called the “garden whisperer” approach, there’s much to be said for letting the plants have a role in the plans. more »

Aug 14, 2014 8:58 AM Mountain Garden

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