Down in the Valley

The lowlands that lie between North Carolina’s mountains brim with beautiful views, outdoor adventures, and rich local history.

This is NC

Appalachian Trail

Home to the tallest peaks along the near 2,200-mile route, North Carolina’s stretch of Appalachian Trail draws both thru-hikers and day-trippers for mountain views and tranquility.

Stone Paradise

Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. In Caswell County, a man’s aspirations took the form of a miniature rock-and-cement village.



Cookies With a Cause

During the Jewish holiday of Purim, congregants at Greensboro’s Temple Emanuel send a sweet message to older members of the community, reminding them that they are loved.

Where the Buffalo Roamed

Hard to imagine, but 300 years ago, it would’ve been entirely possible to cross paths with wild bison in North Carolina. To search for them now is to journey into the historical record.

Where We’re From

Forging a Family Tree

A writer discovers connections to his Appalachian past in the pages of a forgotten diary and among the headstones of a local cemetery, but deeper ties to past generations require a little more digging.

The First Family of NC Mountain Music

Doc Watson’s legendary flat-picking style helped define the sound of North Carolina. But he would’ve been the first to say that he was one link in a long tradition of folk and bluegrass. Raised in a musical home in Deep Gap, his influence branched out far beyond Watauga County, welcoming new generations of musicians into the fold.