Recent Stories

Among the scores of great ice cream shops in the region, here are just four—each paired with a few suggestions on getting out and about to earn your frozen delight. more

Food & Flavors

John Fox, Jr.

Library of Congress

Friend of Theodore Roosevelt, husband of opera diva – to the extent there was national fame back in the early 1900s, “Lonesome Pine” author John Fox, Jr. had it. more



Ed Phillips

Since we last explored the Brown Mountain Lights (March/April 1995), new scientific research teams were formed, the Burke County Tourism Authority offered sold-out symposia, the lights were featured in a National Geographic show and more. more


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Joe Tennis

The North Carolina native offers tours at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. more


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Courtesy of Wild Blue Adventure Company

Chris Kappler turns flying obsession into soaring sideline business. A chance encounter with a discerning pilot changed a 15-year-old’s life forever. more



Lauren Stonestreet:

A happy accident led Nancy Bruns to revitalize her family’s 200-year-old West Virginia salt-making business. more


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Left and inset courtesy Staengl family. Right by Ezra Staengl

The young Virginia naturalist is on a quest to protect nature and inspire others to do the same. more


Mam and Cubs

Jon Phillips of J & G Photos;

These charmingly intimate views of a female black bear and her cubs—which are born at a mere eight ounces—show the deep personal connection between mama and her babies. more


The long-term plan to build a 6.5- mile greenway along the Middle Fork of the New River will get a local boost this July. more

Country Roads

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Courtesy of the Tennessee Theatre

Celebration includes 1928 admission prices: 40 cents matinee; 60 cents evenings. more

Country Roads

David and Annie Colquitt, along with their children, Will and Ruby: They have a long tie to the Swag, and now ownership.

Courtesy of David Colquitt

David and Annie Colquitt, along with their children, Will and Ruby, have a long tie to the Swag, and now ownership. more

Country Roads

The Virginia site is about to plant its first hemp crop since the 19th century more

Country Roads

When Sarah Dusek and her husband Jacob were looking for a spot to launch another Under Canvas retreat after opening “glamping” sites in four western national parks, they chose the Smokies. more

Country Roads

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Scott Ramsey

The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” was a total eclipse visible within a band that spanned the entire contiguous United States, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. more

Country Roads

Sky Meadows

Leonard M. and Laurie M. Adkins

Being less than an hour’s drive away, Sky Meadows State Park became a favorite destination when Laurie and I were employed by George Mason University’s Outdoor Education Center. more

Country Roads


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Chipmunks causing structural damage? That’s just a myth, says one national wildlife expert. more

Creature Feature

Linn Cove Viaduct

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The Blue Ridge Parkway’s signature structure, the Linn Cove Viaduct, helps lure visitors. more

Mountain Report

Locke Ogens

Kyle LaFerriere Photography

Locke Ogens, director of The Nature Conservancy in Virginia, on protecting that state’s highest-conservation-value lands: “This is a smart approach.” more

Mountain Report

Cherokee County farm gains easement. more

Mountain Report

But should lands be restored to accommodate the big cats? more

Mountain Report