This year, one lucky Fraser fir from Avery County is headed to the White House. There are hundreds of contenders on Larry Smith’s tree farm, and he grooms each one to be a star.
A cure-all to many, wild ginseng is still hunted and sold in Blue Ridge counties. Protecting it takes vigilance, know-how, and, sometimes, even a stakeout.
They’re called a lot of uncharitable names — snot otters, devil dogs, hellbenders — but the ancient aquatic creatures of Appalachia are a prime indicator of the health of our waterways.
Filed away in card catalog drawers in a Watauga County library, packets of heirloom seeds await planting. And with every seed comes a story.
For a new generation in Bryson City, the mountain river that once washed away whole homesteads is now the source of simple pleasures, natural wonders, and new businesses.
Archery is a skill that can take a lifetime to master. But its biggest lesson is also the simplest: By pulling back the bowstring, you learn how to let go.
With the help of human herders, some hungry goats are saving the sensitive balds of Roan Mountain.
Welcome to the Southern mountain town whose personality is in its precipitation.
Take the guesswork out of your holiday fun this year with our guide to some of the High Country’s best festive seasonal events.