Blue Ridge Parkway

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

Oct 2016
A fledging climber’s ascent of Looking Glass brings reverence for the iconic rock’s first summit, 50 years ago

Oct 2016
Distance: 2.5 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Aug 2016
Celebrate—and help preserve—monarch butterflies during their annual migration through WNC

Jun 2016
Sweeten the experience with a recipe for portable hand pies

Jun 2016
Test your knowledge of WNC's nationally designated and protected areas under the National Park System.

Jun 2016
The scoop on Western North Carolina’s big-screen debuts

Apr 2016
Meet the once-reluctant hotelier behind the Parkway’s Pisgah Inn

Apr 2016
After a century of state parks, Western North Carolina’s are more popular than ever

Apr 2016
Learn what drives 4 ultra-runners to go the distance

Dec 2015
Probe the pains and pleasures of climbing frozen waterfalls

Dec 2015
Sometimes, smaller is better.

Oct 2015
Distance: 3, 5, or 6 miles, Difficulty: Strenuous

Aug 2015
Burke County is bursting with options for your next adventure

Jul 2015
Distance: 1.6 miles round-trip Difficulty: Moderate

Jul 2015
Catch a musical tale of the Cone family and Flat Top Manor

Apr 2015
Three friends take on the arduous challenge of running the highest mountain range in the East in a single day

Apr 2015
Set out on footpaths that offer big exploration for small people

Mar 2015
Safeguard wild lands & trails

Dec 2014
Distance 0.7 mile Difficulty: Easy

Aug 2014
Internationally known for the quality of the mica in its soil, Spruce Pine is also ground zero for one of the most highly regarded craft communities in the nation. Potters and other artisan wizards work in the hills and hollers that surround Mineral City, making Spruce Pine a prime base for hiking, touring, and studio-hopping.

Apr 2014
Before the Blue Ridge Parkway paved the way, Mt. Mitchell’s visitors rode storied rail lines and motor routes to the top

Aug 2013
One-of-a-kind archives keep the history of mountain arts alive and accessible

Jun 2013
Discover your inner calm with a yoga hiking trek

Apr 2013
Two shops meld cycling with beer for a whole new spin on community hubs

Jan 2013

Oct 2012

Oct 2012

Aug 2012
Trips For Kids introduces youth to the joys of biking in the wild

Jun 2012
There are endless reasons we all fall for the mountains, but one enchants us above all others: This place feels like home in our hearts. Here, five writers share how their deep connections to these hills were forged with Sunday drives, old-time music, wildflower hikes, and through the discovery of inspiration and strength.

Jun 2012
TRACK Trails leads kids down a path of outdoor discovery

Jun 2012
Devastating fires played a role in creating the natural playground known as Graveyard Fields

Apr 2012
How Harvey K. Littleton’s vision sparked an artistic revolution and ignited the Studio Glass Movement.

Mar 2012
Turn your eyes to the skies this spring for a glimpse of WNC's fastest bird of prey—the peregrine falcon

Dec 2011
If you’re feeling left behind in fitness-forward WNC. Don’t. It’s not about who wins the race or who’s the most flexible yogi. Exercise is about finding an activity that moves your body and spirit. Check out this beginners' guide to get you hooked on cycling, running, or yoga, complete with inspiration from three folks who’ve already found what they love to do.

Sep 2011
An author savors fall's leisurely stroll through the mountains

Sep 2011
Take to the canopy with the burgeoning sport of tree climbing

Jun 2011
Southern Highland Craft Guild presents its newest members

May 2011
Friends of the Ecusta Trail hope to add a new route to the region’s selection of recreational pathways

Feb 2011
Tour a few of WNC’s intriguing homes for a greater perspective on our region's early days