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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

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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

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

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

High Knob Tower rises on a peak above Norton, Virginia with an elevation on the deck of about 4,233 feet above sea level.

Joe Tennis

Country Roads: New Forest Tower at 4,200 Feet

High Knob Tower rises on a peak above Norton, Virginia with an elevation on the deck of about 4,233 feet above sea level. more »

Aug 13, 2014 3:30 PM Country Roads

Joe Tennis

Hidden Mountain Resort: Big, Private, Fun

Three families who choose from among the resort’s 200 cabins, cottages and villas share a fondness that results in repeat trips to the Smokies-area property. more »

Aug 12, 2014 3:19 PM Cabins

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 3:50 PM Features

Campers of all ages are welcome at Georgia’s Camp Dixie.

Joe Tennis

Country Roads: Georgia’s Camp Dixie Celebrates 100th

On a typical Tuesday afternoon in the summertime, a gaggle of girls giggle among the rocks and rhododendron of Camp Dixie. Some swim and some paddle canoes, just as generations of other campers have done at this 350-acre Georgia Mountain oasis. more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM Country Roads

More from North Georgia

Want to learn more about Lake Chatuge? Step inside Charlemagne’s Kingdom? How about see a jetovator in action on Lake Nottely? You've come to the right place! more »

Feb 9, 2014 12:00 AM Worth a Click

Horseback Riding at the Dillard House

An interview with Pam Thompson, owner and operator of the Dillard House Stables in Dillard, Georgia. more »

Feb 6, 2014 4:13 PM Worth a Click 1 Comments

Watch a Cabbage Patch Doll Being Born

BabyLand General is just one of the attractions awaiting visitors in the mountains of Cleveland, Georgia. by Joe Tennis more »

Feb 6, 2014 3:16 PM Worth a Click

Virginia Creeper Trail NOW

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Our Mountains Then and Now

From our beloved rocky perches that act like theater balconies overlooking wondrous peaks, to classic hotels and haunts, numerous landmarks have long called us to their glory. Some places change, some stay the same. more »

Jul 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Allen de Hart: A Mountain Wonder Walks On

Through decades of climbing mountains and navigating swamps, Allen de Hart has logged 57,232 miles of walking, all using a surveyor’s measuring wheel. more »

Jul 1, 2013 12:00 AM Country Roads

Cabins and chalets come in various sizes.

Ace Adventure Resort

I’ll Have A Cabin With . . .

At West Virginia’s Ace Adventure Resort, the cabins are nicely appointed and inviting. And each sits not far from the array of Ace offerings – kayaking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, four-wheeling a mud course, and a lake. more »

May 1, 2013 12:00 AM Cabins

zorbing in pigeon forge
Climb inside a giant inflatable globe that’s tucked inside a larger ball and roll down a hillside. It’s called Zorb and it’s one of the newest adventure sports out of New Zealand. Pigeon Forge, Tenn., boasts the first Zorb site in North America.
There are some choices here – you can be strapped in a safety harness inside a dry ball known as a Zorbit or you can spin and slosh your way down the mountainside in a Zydro ball that’s partially filled with water. Strapped participants careen down the slope solo while the water balls can carry up to three people at a time. If you stand at the top of the run and lose your nerve, they’ll give you a refund. The daredevils who do accept the challenge can relive the experience on video. A camera is tucked inside the ball to record all the fun.
The Pigeon Forge site offers a straight track and a more challenging zigzag course. The Zorbit travels only the straight path. Check it out at
~Marla Hardee Milling

Marla Hardee Milling

Go Extreme!

Well, pretty extreme. Here’s your guide to four seasons full of zip lines and white water, biking and hiking and a whole lot more. more »

May 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Wooden vats used to collect saltpeter during the Civil War remain at the Organ Cave.

Joe Tennis

Hey West Virginia! Happy Birthday!

The wonder of West Virginia – well, one of its wonders – is that its broad, rugged, mountainous geography offers nearly equal measures of places that still carry at least traces of the state’s 1863 birth, and places that are ready to welcome you. more »

May 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features