Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail
Aug 2019
The towers that once helped the mountains ward off blazes are finding new lives as hiking destinations

Aug 2019
25 fall foliage adventures that are big on color and light on crowds

Apr 2019
A High Country hiking program helps at-risk teens overcome adversity

Apr 2019
A visionary effort to create a statewide trail has been 40 years in the making. With the path now finished in Western North Carolina and a groundswell of support rising in the East, the completion of North Carolina’s most monumental natural treasure is on the horizon.

Apr 2017
Dive deep into the mountains’ greatest chasms

Feb 2017
Celebrate our anniversary with top 10 lists of local albums, books, fishing spots, movies, restaurants, and more

Aug 2016
Distance: 14.2 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Strenuous

Jun 2016
As the National Park system turns 100, test your knowledge of the six in WNC

Apr 2016
The winding route to Plumtree through far western Avery County on U.S. 19 East is the very definition of a road trip. It’s the kind of byway most people would take only if this out-of-the-way hamlet were the destination itself. But for fans of beer and scenic beauty, a thriving brewery and a cluster of outdoor options are enticing reasons to tour the North Toe River valley’s flower-filled fields.

Dec 2015
Sometimes, smaller is better.

Sep 2015
Distance: 12.5 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Strenuous

Jul 2015
The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations

Apr 2015
Combine ease, adventure, and the great outdoors with these glamping opportunities

Mar 2015
Safeguard wild lands & trails

Dec 2014
A reinvigorated search for Southern snow

May 2014
Meet 11 leaders in the quest to conserve WNC’s natural areas

Apr 2014
Difficulty: Strenuous Round-Trip: 8-miles

Mar 2014
William Barłram’s historic explorations and illustrations put mountain botany lovingly in focus

Jun 2012
A hungry chef elevates energy treats beyond the sweet

Sep 2011
Autumn is upon us, and you can park yourself in the backyard and watch the leaves put on a show.

May 2011
You are now leaving WNC. Don’t call us traitors for straying from our beloved natural wonderland. Sometimes you just have to play outside the lines. After all, much of what we love here—lofty peaks, wild rivers, picturesque lakes, and awe-inspiring trails—spills over into Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Summer is the season to grab your gear, whether it be a life jacket, fishing rod, hiking boots, or mountain bike, and head for great escapes just across the border.

Jun 2010
Seven community leaders who found their inspiration to do good at summer camp

Apr 2010
This summer, log some miles and celebrate the Blue Ridge Parkway’s anniversary with 75 must-see stops

Oct 2009
Recapping the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2009

Oct 2009
Eustace Conway might be living in a bygone era, but he’s no historical reenactor

Jun 2009
George Masa’s life journey carried him across an ocean and landed him in Asheville, where his passion for photography drove him to explore WNC’s roughest wilderness.

May 2009
Run wild in the natural playgrounds of the Nantahala Gorge (and beyond)

Mar 2009
Visitors flock to Banner Elk for the slopes, but locals keep the small-town identity alive