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Guest Column, Ron Tipton: Protecting the Appalachian Trail

Ron Tipton is Executive Director/CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. more »

Jul 1, 2014 Guest Columnists

The white flowers, clumped along the stem, are easy to miss. They expand into clusters of spiky scarlet seedpods containing ricin-laced “beans.”

Elizabeth Hunter

Mountain Garden: Holy Moly! It’s a Castor Oil Plant

The plant’s poisonous seeds don’t preclude growing “something out of maurice sendak’s imagination.” more »

Jul 1, 2014 Mountain Garden

A coal-slurry spill polluted a creek in West Virginia’s Kanawha County.

Erin Savage

Mountain Report: Coal-slurry Spill Pollutes Creek in West Virginia’s Kanawha County.

Plus: White House Salutes Youth Effort, Southern Appalachian wilderness stewards recognized for programs engaging young people in conservation initiatives and more. more »

Jul 1, 2014 Mountain Report

These little brown bats are infected with white-nose syndrome.

Brooke Hines, KY Dept of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Creature Feature: Bats Under Threat

White-nose syndrome is decimating populations of these cave-dwelling, insect-devouring mammals. more »

Jul 1, 2014 Creature Feature

The view from White Rock Cliff is well worth the steep climb to it.

Leonard Adkins

The Hike: Little Sluice/Cedar Creek Loop

This 13-mile, two-state circuit offers great vistas, some steep climbs and nice campsites for a weekend outing. more »

Jul 1, 2014 The Hike

Clearing wildflowers of overgrowth, an unexpected perk: a box turtle encounter.

Elizabeth Hunter

From The Farm: Pathways

The work around the homestead has the double result of clearing the present and revealing the past. more »

Jul 1, 2014 From the Farm (1 Comments)

From the Editor: How to Stop Grafitti on the Trail?

Incidences are up. Do you have an idea on a catch message that might stick in people’s minds and make a difference? more »

Jul 1, 2014 From the Editor (1 Comments)

Country Roads: See the Otters at the Tennessee Aquarium's Revamped Cove Forest Exhibit

Three river otters scamper in and out of their rocky den, nipping at each other’s cinnamon-colored fur. Soon, a tangle of tails, whiskers and paws is sliding on the slick rock as the playful mammals tussle like puppies and plop into a pool. more »

Jun 12, 2014 Country Roads

Pilot Mitch Pennington is with Just Plane Adventures.

Joe Tennis

Dolly Sods and Much More: West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands

Online Extras: Take a flight over the Potomac Highlands with Just Plane Adventures, see the Blackwater Falls, visit the Beverly, WVA Heritage Center and hear the falls of Hills Creek! more »

Jun 12, 2014 Features

This view of the Canaan Valley is from the top of Bald Knob. The new lodge has the feel of a resort hotel.

Ed Rehbein

Canaan Resort: New Lodge, Family Cabins

The high-plateau West Virginia resort, with 32,000 acres, is full of great things to do before you sleep. Online extras: Video Slideshows of Two Great Hikes in the Canaan Valley! more »

Jun 12, 2014 Features

Robert Stephens

Photo Essay: Magic Mountain Skies

Click here for even more beautiful photos from Robert Stephen's July/August 2014 photo essay! more »

Jun 12, 2014 Features

Photo courtesy of Janet Peterson

Farmhand for the Weekend

At farms with overnight accommodations, guests are invited to help with chores and earn their rest. more »

Jun 12, 2014 Features

Jack Betts

Bringing Mabry Mill Back to Life

The iconic mill on the 469-mile blue ridge parkway had fallen victim to harsh weather, time and lack of funding. To the rescue this spring came two parkway artisans and $65,000 in foundation support. Online extras - see even more photos! more »

Jun 11, 2014 Features

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