The Getaway

Our modern world is smaller than it used to be. So how far away can you get from people, from society, from modern life? Our writer found North Carolina’s most remote spot and went there to find out.

Above & Beyond

They are our inland lighthouses, the fire towers of western North Carolina. Long ago decommissioned as regular lookouts, these wobbly perches still have plenty of character and purpose. Just ask all the hikers.