July/August 2019

Drivers in North Carolina and Tennessee who buy the “Friends of the Smokies” specialty license plate have raised more than $15 million since the program started 20 years ago Read more

Country Roads

Thanks to a community-driven effort in Buncombe County, North Carolina to reduce energy use, Duke Energy said in April it would shelve a proposed new natural gas fired power plant at Lake Julian. Read more

Country Roads

Poor Farmer’s Market is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway Read more

Country Roads

Virginia Outfitter Offers Paddleboarding for Dogs Read more

Country Roads

Prompted by somewhat unusual circumstances, the Blue Ridge Conservancy has protected 174 acres in Watauga County that include key habitat for the federally endangered Virginia long-eared bat. Read more

Country Roads

Glen Facemire, the “Ramp Man” of Richwood, West Virginia, says it’s time for him to sell what may be the world’s only ramp farm. Read more

Country Roads

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America is open in the Smokies. Read more

Country Roads


Joseph Mackareth

And then there was that canoe trick. Read more

Mill Creek Stories


Ryan Hagerty/USFWS

This aggressive fish is a formidable threat to native species. Read more

Creature Feature


Leonard Adkins

The easy 1.5-mile walk to town can be augmented with a bit of exploring once you get there. Read more

The Good Walk


Erik Larsen

Our columnist went to Landrum, in search of a small town on the rise in Upstate South Carolina. What she didn’t know was that she’d find four such towns in the Carolina Foothills. Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns


Fred & Jill Sauceman

Tradition and Change Mingle at the Hob-Nob Drive-In Read more

, Food & Flavors

It’s summer, so let the feast of flowers begin. You read that right. Eating flowers is a thing. Go ahead. Sprinkle some petals on your plate and add a little variety and a great deal of color to your meal. Read more

Singing in the Garden

Will Griffin has served as the mayor of the small town of Floyd, Virginia, for 10 years. During that time Floyd has received national recognition from USA Today and Southern Living magazine as one of the best small towns in the South. Read more

Guest Columnists


Julie Johnson

Who gets a title like that on her business card? River guide extraordinaire Julie Johnson, that’s who. Read more



Alan Shuptrine

Tennessee watercolorist captures the people and places along the Appalachian Trail. Read more



Christian Murillo

Ready to cool off for summer even if you can’t get outside right now? Our contributing photographers to the rescue! Dive into these cool mountain falls. Read more


Things can find their proper place, even if it takes 60 years. Read more



Gabe Dewitt

Let’s take a look at some of the stranger things our wonderful region is home to. Read more