“We just have to make it”: Kayaking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Fatigue. Frustration. Fear. Failure. Our thru-hikers grappled with all of those feelings as they tried to paddle their way toward the end.

Papertown Proud in Canton

The rebirth of Canton has been different from that of other small mountain towns: While some have reinvented themselves as tourist destinations, Canton is focused on nurturing a close-knit community.

The Maple Brothers

Every year, Tim and Matt Nichols create hundreds of different kinds of Japanese maples — in a dizzying array of shapes and colors and sizes — at their mail-order nursery in East Flat Rock. And every one of the trees has roots in their grandmother’s garden.

A Local’s Guide: Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach

Set up your umbrella for a day of sun and fun in Wrightsville Beach or stroll cobblestone streets and eat at stylish restaurants along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington — or do both!