March/April 2019

David Arthur Ramsey is an outdoor photographer, writer and conservationist, born and raised in Unicoi County, Tennessee. Read more

Guest Columnists


Ginny Neil

The best laid plans are the ones you can find again. —Ginny Read more

Singing in the Garden


Fred and Jill Sauceman

How one couple reconnected with their roots, went outside to play and realized the full joys of getting your hands into the soil. Read more

, Food & Flavors


Joan Vannorsdall

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



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



Jesse Cheers

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


A teeny, colorful fish found only in a few West Virginia rivers has been added to the nation’s list of endangered species, meaning extra care must be taken to preserve its limited habitat. Read more

Country Roads


Courtesy of Beal Center Events

The courthouse-turned-event center retains its exterior, with a whole new look inside. Read more

Country Roads

Mount-Mitchell-State-Park-Overlook-near-Burnsville-3.jpg - Chip Henderson | Chip Henderson Read more

Country Roads

Thanks to a joint effort of public agencies, nonprofits, and donors large and small, 900 acres in the Blue Ridge foothills in Polk County, North Carolina, once slated for development, are now permanently protected. Read more

Country Roads


Bill Crabtree

The Southwest Virginia crafts and cuisine center is getting an update. Read more

Country Roads


Tracie Jeffries

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



Joe Tennis

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




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



Casey Phillips/Tennessee Aquarium

Come early spring at damp, leaf-covered spots in the Southern mountains, the salamander mating rituals can be spectacular. Read more

Creature Feature

If you have the gear and the goodies, the context and the companion, there’s no reason that every lunch in the woods shouldn’t be a full delight. Read more

From The Editor

Inventing Hangry

Molly Dugger Brennan

How a man who loved food got through the month of March. Read more

Mill Creek Stories

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


Where Small Business is Big Business: An hour southwest of Asheville, two adjoining North Carolina towns have earned themselves a string of “firsts” and “onlys.” Read more

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