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Joe Tennis

No, you can’t modernize a cave, but the degree of fun in some dark, damp, cool spaces has been on the rise in recent years. Read more

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David B. Jenkins

David Jenkins, who set out in 1994 to find all of the messsaged barns for his book “Rock City Barns: A Passing Era,” laments here that time has greatly reduced the number of barns that once formed a perfect outdoor marketing campaign. Read more

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Happy Hens and Highlands Farm

The calf, born without the ability to suckle, and with a near-fatal infection, has become an international inspiration. Read more

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Our annual festival guide points the way to great gatherings from the Virginias and the Carolinas to Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Find food, beer and wine plus rubber ducky races, apples, peaches, barbecue, bluegrass – and even Santa Claus. Read more

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Jon & Gina Phillips of J & G Photos

It’s the pretty season in the Southern Appalachians. Read more

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Jess Daddio

Thomas Jenkins has been building trails around Harrisonburg, Virginia for 25 years. His efforts have helped transform the city into a mecca of hiking and biking, and opened up long-neglected national forest trails. Read more

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John warner, Warner Photography

An emerging fresco artist caps years of study and preparation as he completes his first major commission, at a downtown Asheville mission serving the homeless. Read more

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Joan Vannorsdall

Two young PhDs in public history have come back to the mountains to make a difference. Read more

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David Arthur Ramsey and Jerry D. Greer

The book “Rocky Fork: Hidden Jewel of the Blue Ridge,” by David Arthur Ramsey, with photos by Ramsey and Jerry D. Greer, celebrates the long process of preservation of some 10,000 acres on the border of Unicoi and Greene counties in Tennessee. Read more

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Jesse Cheers

Boyhood experiences led him to believe that everybody went fishing. These days he’s working toward that goal. Read more

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Tracie Jeffries

Making sure your new plants are indigenous to our region can help assure their beauty, and their role as hosts. Read more

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Joe Tennis

The West Virginia scenic railroad has a family feel to it as passengers watch for birds, buildings and scenery. Read more

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WALTER SCRIPTUNAS II

Our contributing photographers capture the drama and splendor of mountain excursions. Read more

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New hostelries and new breweries dominate our collection of new destinations and attractions recently added to the mountain region. Read more

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Joe Tennis

The famous “Monkey Trial” of 1925 put the little town of Dayton, Tennessee, on the map, as per plan. Read more

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Joe Tennis

The history of the West Virginia resort’s water goes back more than 150 years, with endorsements from people ranging from Olympians to congressmen. Read more

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David Gillespie

The official opening of the new version of the Webster Springs, West Virginia boardwalk will take place in the spring. Read more

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Joe Tennis

Did a Bigfoot save a guy’s life in 2000? And how about the guy who didn’t go into the woods for five years after seeing one? Read more

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The original recipe was cooked up during Prohibition in Kingsport, Tennessee. Jamie Cyphers says her grandma went to jail for it. Read more

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Lynn Faust

Lynn Faust has devoted much of her life since childhood to North America’s synchronous fireflies. And she’s written the definitive guide to luminous bugs. Read more

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