Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson
Driving down memory lane along the High Country’s first scenic byway

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.

A new trail guide puts mountain flower hikes into lovely focus

Asheville’s Shoji Spa & Lodge offers Japanese wellness without the frequent flyer miles

Chill out with outdoor activities as well as indoor fun and games

Adventure seekers, nature lovers, kids, adults, grandparents: We’ve got your ultimate guide to seasonal fun in the mountains

Holloway Meadow Loop

Distance: 7.6 miles round-trip; Difficulty: Strenuous

Tweetsie Railroad celebrates 60 years as a kingpin of mountain family tourism

Great hiking routes in the town of Seven Devils

25 new, novel, and fun ways to get in shape

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

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

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.

Check in to these lodges where après-ski combines a room, dining, and drinks

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

Distance: 1.6 miles round-trip Difficulty: Moderate

Roan Mountain’s Cloudland Hotel once served as an elevated destination for naturalists

A reinvigorated search for Southern snow

An alliance of outdoor product manufacturers takes root in WNC

Discover your inner calm with a yoga hiking trek

Newly completed Rocky Knob Park puts Boone on the map for mountain biking enthusiasts

Julian Morton's community, Invershiel, recreated a bit of his homeland in the High Country

Sugarcoat the holidays with a classic cookie martini

A hungry chef elevates energy treats beyond the sweet

Elk Knob State Park Distance: 4 miles round-trip Difficulty: strenuous

Make a break for fresh ground with the growing sport of snowshoeing

Andrea Morrell’s detour from farming led to pasta success

DuPont State Forest Distance: 1/2 Mile Round-trip Difficulty: Easy (Guided)

A couple pioneers winemaking in Watauga County

Blowing Rock Distance: 3.4 miles Round-trip difficulty: Strenuous

Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail: Cashiers: Distance: 2 miles Difficulty: moderate

Oconaluftee River Trail

Frigid temperatures, record snowfall, remarkable beauty— rangers experience it all atop mighty Mount Mitchell

For years, Grandfather Mountain served as the launch pad for high-flying gliders

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

Western North Carolina’s few remaining century-old cabins stand as reminders of the region’s isolation and the Appalachian way of life. Here’s a trio of hikes to historic homesteads that offer insight into the past.

Tackle the Beech Mountain ride that inspired Lance Armstrong’s comeback from cancer

Trails designed for bikers, by bikers mean thrill rides for all just outside Wilkesboro.