Native to all 100 counties in North Carolina, this odd fruit had been all but forgotten. A farmer in Watauga County intends to change that.
The Scenic Route
Six nature lovers set out on different life paths, but each route ultimately led to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Burls of Bakersville
An injury led a former factory worker and lumber salesman to a new career as an artist. Known today as The Bowlmaker, he gives fallen trees in Mitchell County their own second chances.
One of the Southernmost Maple Syrup Farmers
In Ashe County, a farming family transforms sap into sweet Appalachian maple syrup — and has turned threatened woodlands into a protected forest for future generations.
A Private Asheville Garden Is Rhododendron Heaven
In 1921, Charles Owen Dexter began hybridizing rhododendrons. Now, Dexter rhododendrons are known the world over — and one of the largest collections can be found at his relative’s home in Asheville.
A Perfect Winter Weekend in Beech Mountain
The highest town east of the Rockies draws some 10,000 people during the winter months — to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, sled, tube, and cap it all off with a beer in a bar in the sky.
The Old General Store That Became a Home
A family brings new life, fresh stories, and a renewed sense of purpose to an abandoned general store near Boone.
The Pipes of Sparta: Dr. Grabow
While most North Carolina communities were manufacturing textiles, a small town in Alleghany County became famous for its finely crafted pipes.
A retired biology professor at Appalachian State University studies the new species, the rare species, and the really old species that grow on Linville Gorge cliffs.