According to Cherokee legend, when the Earth was created, the Great Buzzard flew low over the flat land, his beating wings sculpting mountains and valleys below. Today, science offers its own explanations for our state’s geological marvels.
Speaking in Code
How Cherokee soldiers from North Carolina created an unbreakable code during World War I.
Our State’s 5 Most Popular Stories of 2021
From a history of North Carolina’s gold rush to a round-up of iconic barbecue joints across the state, these stories were our readers’ favorites this year.
Channel Bass, Natives of the Pamlico Sound
Whether you call it a red drum or a spottail, our state saltwater fish remains a prize for anglers and diners.
Native to Carolina Beach, the Painted Bunting Lives Up to its Name
The most colorful bird in the United States calls North Carolina home.
Native to Gatesville, Trumpet Creeper is a Vine Gone Wild
Don’t be fooled by its delicate-looking blooms: This hardy climber can take over your yard.
Mountain Laurel, Native to Cullowhee
For fans of spring color in the High Country: It’s showtime!
Black Skimmers, Natives of Oregon Inlet
What’s in a name? A lot: This bird’s moniker describes its appearance and how it fishes.
Venus Flytrap, Native to Green Swamp
The delicate plant may be deadly to some insects, but its future is so imperiled that collecting the herbaceous hunter in the wild is a felony in North Carolina.