Jan/Feb 2019

The accoutrements for hiking have changed over the years, but remnants of the old ways remain. Read more

From The Editor

Roddy Moore is the executive director of the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Read more

Guest Columnists

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1 Read more

Singing in the Garden


Courtesy of Rocky’s

The “zip on the lip” flavors—mild to extra hot—are the products of careful and extensive research. Read more

, Food & Flavors


David Kalb, DGIF Elk Project Leader

Nature enthusiasts with special needs now will have access to some spectacular mountain views and captivating elk antics. Read more

Country Roads


Joe Tennis

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



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



David Gillespie

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



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


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


For these pudgy prognosticators, February 2 is more like Valentine’s Day. Read more

Creature Feature

Virginia and North Carolina join initiative to cut carbon emissions. Read more

Country Roads

Dollywood pushes into the “Wildwood Grove” for its 2019 season, giving the popular park its first new, additional area in a decade in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Read more

Country Roads


Joan Vannorsdall

"Everyone’s Hometown." That’s what you see on the welcome signs coming into Thomas, West Virginia, population 554. Is a hometown feel enough to grow a remote high-valley town surrounded by national forest? Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns


Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Take an easy one-mile walk of the site of America’s first gold rush and be delightfully extended to two miles with the exploration of even more history and culture. Read more

The Good Walk


Molly Dugger Brennan

You’ve heard that old adage about true love? The couple that Ben-Gays together, stays together. Read more

Mill Creek Stories


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


Need a little extra help unplugging from the day-to-day? These destinations specialize in the relaxed and the non-electronic. Read more



Pat and Chuck Blackley

Our contributing photographers present the mountains the way they used to be, and still are in spots. Read more


2019 Travel Guides

Tony Penna

Our 2019 travel guide explores our great region through its stories and the people who tell them. Read more