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Editor’s Welcome

Peace in the Valley

by Elizabeth Hudson

Our State Quiz

Mountain Music

by Alan Hodge

State Symbol

A Tartan of Our Own

by Fiona Ritchie

Carolina Classic: The Farm

Roots in the Soil

by Bryan Mims

Farm to Doorstep

by Katie Saintsing

Have You Heard?

by Susan Stafford Kelly and Eric Surber

Season of Plenty

by Susan Stafford Kelly

Field Trip

A Super Slide and Everything Fried

by Drew Perry


When Trolleys Ruled the Road

by Bryan Mims

The New Old North State

The Perfect Blend

by Megan Crotty


To Everything, a Southern Season

by Emma Laperruque

Recipes: Say Cheese

by Wendy Perry

An Apple Tree Grows in Asheville

by Graham Averill

Photo Essay

Go West

Four corners of mountain ranges, open spaces, and spectacular views.

Features: Adventurer’s Guide to the Mountains

You want a real North Carolina adventure? If the answer is yes, the next question is, how much? Levels 1 to 10, the only requirement: Enjoy.

No Exertion Necessary

Watching waterfalls in Linville Gorge.
by Susan Stafford Kelly

Build a Better Tent

The art of yurt camping in Bryson City.
by Graham Averill

Ride the Rails

Aboard Blowing Rock’s Tweetsie Railroad.
by Susan Stafford Kelly

Cast Away

Fly-fishing Linville’s historic, hidden pools.
by T. Edward Nickens

Have Young’uns, Will Travel

A family heads to Cherokee. In an RV.
by Drew Perry

Hoof It

How a record-setter hikes the Appalachian Trail.
by Jennifer Pharr Davis

Get Some Air

Zipping through forest deeps in Barnardsville.
by Susan Stafford Kelly

Sprout Wings

Hang gliding on mountain air over Lenoir.
by Ragan Robinson

Scale Up

The trials of Grandfather Mountain’s ropes-and-ladders trail.
by Susan Stafford Kelly

Paddle Hard. Harder!

Whitewater rafting on the treacherous Cheoah River.
by Jeremy Markovich

Gasoline Goodies

In Pilot Mountain, 6,400 square feet of everything petroleum.
by Susan Stafford Kelly

Out & About

Carolina’s Mackerel Kingdom

by Taylor J. Pardue

NC Native