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.
Spend a day driving on a beautiful North Carolina byway through rolling farmland and foothills, past vineyards and rock formations, and into a remote forest — and find out the best places to stop for food, fun, and stunning views along the way.
The ancient Uwharries aren’t the biggest mountains in North Carolina, but for off-road ramblers in rugged 4x4s, they’re a muddy mess of fun. These drivers know just how tough — and how fragile — this landscape really is.