Outdoors

3000 Miles in the Great Smokies

3000 Miles in the Great Smokies by William A. Hart Jr.

Hart’s reflections weave useful information in with poetic accounts of adventures and encounters on the trails.
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Travel Guide

French Broad River Travel Guides

Planning a trip along the French Broad River? Whether you’re exploring the Upper or Lower French Broad, our travel guides can help you plan!
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Banks Dixon

Beyond the Rush

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.
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North Carolina Rivers

North Carolina Rivers

Rivers tell our story, from the earth’s early rotations when rains started wearing down our mountains and carving paths to the oceans, to contemporary North Carolina, where rivers nutured native settlements and sprouted towns. And they still beckon us, sending us downstream in a rush or ushering us along tranquil passages.
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River's End, Bryson City, N.C.

Olympian Meals at River’s End

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.
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Green River Narrows Race

Whitewater Woodstock

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.
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Black River and Three Sisters Swamp

Paddling the Black

Regardless of the span of the journey, a trip on the eastern river is always an excursion into majesty.
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French Broad River

Back from the Brink: the French Broad River

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.
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Year of the North Carolina Vacation

October: Mountain Glory

Starting with a stunning patch of land overlooking Haywood County and the hills beyond, one couple has created in The Swag a haven for appreciating the world’s beauty and getting in sync with nature’s rhythms.
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Year of the North Carolina Vacation

August: Full Moon Fever

Ascending Cape Hatteras Lighthouse after dark quickens the pulse and promises a rare view of one of North Carolina’s most famous landmarks.
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