Spot the blooms of the Yellow Lady’s Slipper in secluded mountain coves in May and June

Save the French Broad Float combines environmental activism and waterborne adventure

Three new reads chronicle adventures past and present

Cullowhee reels in the Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival

This Polk County town’s image is forever tied to the steep railroad grade that once brought passengers to downtown, but more recently its outdoor persona is on the rise.

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

Harboring troves of curiosities, such as dwarfed turtles and carnivorous plants, bogs are among the most imperiled habitats in the mountains. Today, conservationists are bringing these fascinating and rare ecosystems back from the brink in hopes of creating the first national wildlife refuge in Western North Carolina.

Each year, millions of visitors pass through this scenic valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to marvel at the wildlife that roams free. Get a glimpse of what awaits with this collection of photographs that capture one lensman’s breath-taking encounters.

Two living roof experts offer easy, do-it-yourself plans for garden sheds

A waterscape continues to bloom thanks to a lotus expert’s family

Bill Whipple envisions Asheville with ample fruits and berries to feed us all

A family of plant lovers keeps indigenous species thriving

In Big Sandy Mush, a couple invites U-pickers to harvest an array of brilliant blooms

An outdoor skills program introduces women to fishing, archery, plant identification, and a heightened sense of confidence

Take a spring break with four strolls flush with flora

Head east for a historic home tour, delicious sandwiches, and furniture shopping

Lake Lure residents envision a greener future for a decommissioned historic bridge

Make the most of winter’s laid-back pace with our list of guaranteed ways to pamper yourself—mind, body, and spirit

Make your way to the High Country for outdoor winter revelry

Gourds will fly during Hayesville’s annual Punkin Chunkin Festival

Swing from the trees at the state’s first aerial adventure park

High Country students learn firsthand the science behind wind energy

Get lost in Taylor Ranch’s pink corn maze in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Difficulty: Moderate Round-Trip: 4.5 miles

Catch fall migration in full flap during Flock to the Rock

Founded in 1779, long before Tennessee became a state, quiet little Jonesborough served as the capital of the geopolitical oddity known as the Lost State of Franklin, a territory along the North Carolina border that was organized as America's 14th state. It lasted from 1784 to 1788 but was never formally recognized by the union. Jonesborough is best enjoyed on foot, so park the car and stroll this historically rich town to appreciate the fine old houses and same westward-ho views that early pioneers took in.

Eco gets friendlier with an expo to celebrate sustainable living

Appalachian Food Storybank collects and preserves memories of the region's foodways

Round-Trip:5 miles, Difficulty: Moderate

Slip away to peaceful Apalachicola for sun, siestas, solitude, and a taste of wild Florida

Meet a group of outdoor entrepreneurs who mix business and pleasure in the pursuit of great gear

Toe River Valley