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Sid Vedula

With surprises ranging from ghosts and spirits to delicious dining destinations and more, each stop is pure pleasure. more

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Hannah Miller

With Blue Ridge Aromatics, Ian Montgomery has made his way—one step at a time and with a misstep or two—into the business of beautiful scents. more

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Ginny Neil

Elora Overbey’s face lights up when she talks about food and family. “Our family’s love language is food,” she tells me. “It’s a shared passion.” So, it’s no surprise that she eventually ended up at the Allegheny Mountain Institute. more

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Ed Rehbein

West Virginia’s Hanging Rock is a great place to watch migratory hawks and other birds. more

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Bruce Ingram

The prospects for one of the mountains’ most beautiful trees look better than they did a decade back. more

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Kayla Carter is a role model for recruiting young people to outdoor pursuits. more

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Pat & Chuck Blackley

Elizabeth Hunter, who began contributing to this magazine with its first issue and served as its award-winning columnist until her retirement at the end of 2014, also wrote dozens of articles, with care, awe and love, about the Blue Ridge Parkway. 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

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In September 1916, the eastern Tennessee town of Erwin earned a notoriety that would shadow it for a century, when a five-ton elephant was lynched in the railyard, suspended from a railroad derrick before a crowd hungry for her blood. more

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Photographed by Grandfather Mountain owner Hugh Morton

A look back at some favorite covers and a note on what was in the issue. more

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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

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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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Lauren Stonestreet: elleeffect.com

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

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Mam and Cubs

Jon Phillips of J & G Photos; facebook.com/JandGPhotos

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

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Andy Chabot

The wonders of the train include, well, not driving, as well as great stops to explore along the way. more

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Our readers have spoken! Here are their picks for the best people, places, things and more in the Southern Appalachians. more

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Cheryl Rodewig

The 292 acres of stunning green beauty are well worth a visit. more

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He combines his love of the outdoors with a penchant to help others. more

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