Joe Tennis

Moonbow of Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

It takes a certain moon phase, a certain angle of viewing and a clear night to see what’s been called the only moonbow in the Western Hemisphere. more »

Jan 25, 2016 3:44 PM Features


Joe Tennis

Strongest Man, Tall Falls and More

In which our contributing editor and his 9-year-old son turn up all manner of fun and eats. more »

Oct 22, 2015 10:15 AM Features


Joe Tennis

Kingsport Community Creates Carousel

The Kingsport community worked for 6 years on this intricate project. more »

Aug 17, 2015 2:39 PM Country Roads


Joe Tennis

Model Trains Celebrate Tracks through Virginia Mountains

Learn more about Luray, Virginia's newly opened train museum. more »

Aug 17, 2015 2:21 PM Country Roads

Weekends! Mountains! Summer!

It's time for exploring the mountains of the South. more »

Jun 10, 2015 4:07 PM Features 3 Comments

More Summer Overnights

Take Joe’s Journey to the mountains of Maryland for a weekend trip to Frederick, plus view videos of more summer overnights around the region. more »

Jun 3, 2015 12:00 AM Worth a Click

Weekend! Landrum Weekend

The South Carolina mountain town is a gateway to exploring scenic S.C. 11. more »

Apr 14, 2015 4:01 PM Features

Clamoring for the Creek at Cosby Cabins

The Tennessee cabins are a great Smoky Mountain getaway. more »

Apr 14, 2015 3:52 PM Features

Sleeping in School (And Not Getting Kicked Out!)

Now it's OK to nod off in a classroom, as we visit schoolhouses converted to fine hostelries. more »

Apr 14, 2015 2:42 PM Features 1 Comments


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


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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

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

Hidden Mountain Resort, Tenn.

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

Mitch Pennington

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