Ocracoke Island’s Boy Scout Troop 290 was the first — and only — mounted Boy Scout troop in the country.
North Carolina is a camping paradise, but what if you’ve never slept under the stars before?
by Alan Hodge
This month kicks off the season of fried food and midway memories at county and regional fairs across the state.
This is North Carolina
We Live Here
A century ago, Greensboro’s first park inspired the city’s most fashionable neighborhood. Today, it’s filled with heart and history.
In Henderson County, a treasured family tradition begins with an empty basket, a stroll among the apple trees — and a doughnut.
A modern mercantile is a charming hangout for a new generation.
At a colorful, travel-inspired shop in the High Country, expect the unexpected.
Recipes: School Days
by Lynn Wells
Stumbling upon a mountain stream cascading down a ravine can be unforgettable, but some memories require a little more effort.
A group of black women in Winston-Salem takes a stand to demand better wages and safer working conditions. The movement they start grows into a short-lived, but effective, labor union.
With a little luck and a lot of patience, campers can score an ideal place to pitch a tent — unless someone else claims it first.
Forget roughing it. Our nylon tents, weather apps, and freeze-dried trail chow can’t hold a candle to the comforts of camping a century ago. In Pisgah Forest, the adventures of happy campers like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and George Vanderbilt inspire classic campouts today.
by Chip Womick
Whiling away the weekend with friends and relatives at Holly Bluff has been a warm-weather tradition in Randolph County for 50 years.
by Drew Perry
Coaxing a roaring blaze from nothing more than twigs and sheer will is a skill that is passed down for generations.
by Ed Hardin
When the red drum run along the South Core Banks, a caravan of DIY campers comes rumbling up the beach. Just like the fish they seek, these surf fishermen know how to hang on until the bitter end.
by Sean Flynn
A faithful Eagle Scout preserves the memorabilia and memories of countless campouts, merit badges, and good deeds in a farmhouse museum in Lillington.
by Andrea Weigl
No longer mere trail fuel, craft jerky is having a moment. In the hands of North Carolina makers, this survival snack with ancient origins is upping its game.
For some end of summer fun, just add beach music, bluegrass, and fancy footwork.
Bonus! Guide to the Great Outdoors
When he was a teenager, Philip Gerard left Delaware to discover himself. He had nothing but a sleeping bag, clothes, a backpack, a stove, and a canteen. Then he found a personal guide in the Hatteras Light.
On this aerial adventure in Guilford County, channel your spirit animal — and test your courage — among the trees.
Hiking the Appalachians is a memorable experience. Add to the hike the promise of one of life’s major milestones, and the trip becomes unforgettable.
Her first hike on the Appalachian Trail took five months; years later, she did it in 46 days. A record-setting hiker reflects on what it means when a trail becomes a path for life.
Venturing out to the Gulf Stream on a legendary sportfishing boat is nice. Hauling in a monster catch while you’re there is better.
Devised in the North Carolina mountains, the famed Yaller Hammer trout fly ties an angler to history, heritage, and — if he’s lucky — a catch to remember.
The oldest tree in North Carolina grows deep within Three Sisters Swamp in Bladen County.
The Cheoah River is clogged with trees, underwater dangers, and big water. It’s almost too dangerous to raft. Just ask one of the few who’ve made it down.