They are our inland lighthouses, the fire towers of western North Carolina. Long ago decommissioned as regular lookouts, these wobbly perches still have plenty of character and purpose. Just ask all the hikers.
Forestry didn’t exist in America until two men — each with his own vision for how to protect our woodlands — arrived in western North Carolina and nurtured the profession into being.
A two-room schoolhouse in Durham County unites those who grew up together with one woman born a world away.
Stunning mountain views accompany every moment, from tea on the terrace to dinner in the conservatory, at this storied summer home in Blowing Rock.
Pisgah National Forest is the ideal amphitheater for nature’s music. But come summer, the historic hamlet next door erupts in symphonies as gorgeous as waterfalls, and old-time jams as rousing as mountain trails.
Owens’, the oldest family-owned restaurant on the coast, knows how to keep generations of Outer Banks families and tourists hungry for more. Hint: Change is overrated.
On Ocracoke Island, where old-timers claim kin from Blackbeard’s day, a new community is taking shape. The two cultures may not speak the same native language, but they understand that the best way to weather change is together.
In a clapboard house on East Front Street, a pioneering female photographer began a distinguished career, one that included taking aerial shots from a Wright brothers plane.