A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

Where our landscape rises to meet the sky, there are views that (almost) never end, geological wonders, charming mountain towns — and outdoor adventures at every turn. Head west with

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Where our landscape rises to meet the sky, there are views that (almost) never end, geological wonders, charming mountain towns — and outdoor adventures at every turn. Head west with

NC 101: Mountain Primer

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Where our landscape rises to meet the sky, there are views that (almost) never end, geological wonders, charming mountain towns — and outdoor adventures at every turn. Head west with us to discover why the Blue Ridge Mountains are blue, find out where they reach their highest summit, see stunning panoramas, and learn more about the rich history that gives the region its soul.



This story was published on Sep 13, 2022

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