Nov/Dec 2018

You’re out doing something you love, and somebody gets a candid shot of it? Might be the best kind of photo there is. more

From the Editor

With the region’s coal mining jobs largely gone, the east Kentucky town is at work on new ways of success. more

Our Blue Ridge Towns

The Rivanna Trail and other walkways in and around Charlottesville, Virginia make for a rich and varied walk. more

The Good Walk

Skittish and shy, foxes seldom pose a threat to humans. more

Creature Feature


Steve Orr

Efforts at preservation began in 2009, and were accomplished in multiple transactions. more

Country Roads


Courtesy Henry River Mill Village

Calvin Reyes is the new owner of Henry River Mill Village, an abandoned ghost town in Burke County, North Carolina. more

Country Roads


Joe Tennis

A Tennessee state park takes pains to go back to its genuine roots. more

Country Roads


Molly Dugger Brennan

The secrets of hiding holiday gifts. more

Mill Creek Stories

Kevin Adams, author of North Carolina Waterfalls and several other books, leads photo tours in the Blue Ridge Mountains and abroad. more

Guest Columnists


Ginny Neil

…And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils. —William Wordsworth more

Singing in the Garden


Fred Sauceman

Seeking Sweetness From an Ancient Grass more

Food & Flavors


Dana Foreman

Is there a more poignant splash of color in the mountain landscape than the bloom of rhododendron? Dana Foreman’s images suggest perhaps not. See more of her work at more



Nye Simmons

Motorists and photographers are in for a new visual treat in the Tennessee mountains. more


Tom Hardy Steps Down From The Blue Ridge Parkway Association more



Clayton Hensley

Once you learn small-town mountain ways, it’s easy to return, even if it’s been decades. more



Matt Cuda

Matt Cuda lives in North Carolina and specializes in nature photography. See much more of his work at more


Building a following. Photographer Jared Kreiss captures the mysteries of East Tennessee and beyond. more



Kevin Adams

The images of long-time friend of the magazine Kevin Adams have graced the pages of Blue Ridge Country for decades. We consider ourselves lucky to run a few more in this edition. more


A 4-year-old is happy pretty much anywhere Mom and Dad take him, but the treasures of the parkway make for a great weekend. more


As a self-described “old-time nerd,” Bond stands out as one of the most talented and important people carrying on his musical tradition. more