On the River: The call of North Carolina's waterways
The neighbors howl, peck, chirp, and crow. The food tastes best when fresh off a stick. And the conversations flow without distraction. Somewhere in our state, your campsite awaits.
Concerts at the Courthouse by Bill Thompson
Judge Ola Lewis brings music to justice’s doorstep, giving Brunswick County residents a place to gather, whether they’re on trial or not.
A Carolina Calling by Michael Graff
Every time he straps on a headset, Woody Durham imagines speaking to just one person — you.
- Web Exclusive: Relive some of Woody Durham’s most famous calls in these clips provided by Tar Heel Sports Network.
North Carolina Rivers by T. Edward Nickens
Rivers tell our story from the beginning of time. And still they beckon us, sending us downstream in a rush or ushering us along tranquil passages.
Plying the Pamlico by Laurie Prince
For nearly three decades, the Pamlico River took our writer’s family to wild places and etched itself into their memories.
Beyond the Rush by Diane Summerville Jakubsen
In our cities, wilderness tends to take its last stand along the rivers. A Durham river guide devotes his days to helping others experience the serenity still found along the Triangle’s urban waterways.
- Web Exclusive Video: Explore the Eno River and come along for a winter paddle with Banks Dixon.
Back from the Brink by Jess Clarke
Slicing through western North Carolina on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, the French Broad River is thriving once again after years of abuse.
- Web Exclusive Travel Guides: Planning explore the French Broad? Print these exclusive Our StateTravel Guides for suggestions on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do while you explore Western North Carolina.
Paddling the Black by Kevin Adams
Regardless of the span of the journey, a trip on the eastern river is always an excursion into majesty.
Whitewater Woodstock by Jack Horan
On a single day each year, paddlers crash down the Green River in one of North Carolina’s most spectacular — yet least visible — competitive events.
Welcome to Our State
In Memory of Woods and Water by Elizabeth Hudson
Our State Quiz
North Carolina has hundreds of waterfalls of all sizes. Test your knowledge of these cascades with this month’s quiz on our state’s wonderful waterfalls.
Tar Heel Books and Music
- Undaunted Heart by Suzy Barile
- Going Away Shoes by Jill McCorkle
- What You Long For by Anne Clinard Barnhill
- City by Design, An Architectural Perspective of Charlotte
- Biscuitville: The Secret Recipe for Building A Sustainable Competitive Edge by J. Phillips L. Johnson
- Cherokee Basketry, From the Hands of Our Elders
by M. Anna Fariello
Writing Home by Louisa Dang
Author Jill McCorkle has lived in other parts of the country, but she’s proud to say she’s a Southern writer at heart.
Music on Main Street by Diane Summerville Jakubsen
Beginning this month, six North Carolina towns play host to “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” an exhibition provided through a partnership between the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Tar Heel Humor
Longing for a River by Daniel Wallace
Tar Heel Towns
Asheboro by Chip Womick
Hip new restaurants, art galleries, outdoor sculptures, and some determined native sons and daughters have turned Asheboro into a place to be.
Tar Heel History
Carolina’s Magic Mountains by David Aaron Moore
In the early 20th century, people from all over the world came to Asheville seeking wellness. Today, they still do.
Tar Heel People
Walk Beside Me by Jeri Rowe
In his hometown of Kinston, Jimbo Perry is not just another defense attorney. He’s the guardian angel who guides the city’s youth.
Museum Qualities by Jennifer Bringle
Inside a historic brick building in downtown Salisbury, the Waterworks Visual Arts Center plans its next half-century, and a new generation of Rowan County children learns how artists work.
Tar Heel Gardening
Solomon’s Seal by L.A. Jackson
Pampered in a shady nook, the elegant perennial adds color and height to cultivated gardens from spring through fall.
Tar Heel Tastes
Olympian Meals at River’s End by Kent Priestly
World-class hikers and whitewater rafters know all about this restaurant on the banks of the Nantahala River. It’s where river gods and mortals stop for great home-cooking.
Three Cheers for Cheerwine by Charlotte Fekete
Why only drink Salisbury’s favorite fizzy beverage, when you can cook with it, too?
Dates & Events
Flavor for Miles by Mandy Stovall
Celebrate the freshest, most enticing flavors the region has to offer at the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend, March 11-14.
Tar Heel Images
Water Power by Dave Randolph of Raleigh
The sun shines brightly as water runs through Yates Mill in Raleigh, one of the oldest buildings in Wake County and the region’s only surviving gristmill in operation.