The September 2018 Issue


We Live Here



The 1940s: Workers Unite

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.

Tryon: Horse Country

Poised to become a world stage for equestrian sports, this Foothills town of rolling pastures and woodlands is home to some 1,600 residents — and one horse for every 2½ people.

Camping Carolina-Style

The Golden Age of Camping

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.

The Campground Family

Whiling away the weekend with friends and relatives at Holly Bluff has been a warm-weather tradition in Randolph County for more than 50 years.

The Castaways

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.

Have Jerky, Will Travel

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.

My Life in Tents

Being prepared isn’t always possible in life — or in the woods. The best wilderness adventures test our mettle and require a brazen embrace of uncertainty.


Bonus! Guide to the Great Outdoors

Under the Hatteras Light

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.

Catch & Release

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.

Rafting Gone Rogue

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.