Down Home, Up High

Whether you’re on the trail of warblers or wildflowers this spring in North Carolina’s High Country, you’re sure to work up an appetite. And just because you’re stalking songbirds doesn’t mean you have to eat like one, too. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Outdoors

A Day at Devil’s Dip

In many ways Grandpa Joe was a boy trapped in an old man’s body. As full of tricks as a pet ’coon, tough as a seasoned hickory sapling, and imbued with 70-plus years of Smokies wisdom, he possessed an unflagging sense of adventure. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Perspectives

Glade Spring’s Artisan Awakening

Lily Kusmik’s work begins with 25 pounds of clay and a Louisville Slugger. In those incongruous tools and her own two hands, she sees possibility, creating sculptural porcelain vessels by forming the clay over the fat end of a baseball bat. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

Falling for Southern Appalachia

Few natural features charm visitors quite like waterfalls, from those that gently glide over bedrock to the fury and power of others. The spring melt signals prime time for cascades. Here are three favorite hikes to waterfalls. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Outdoors

Trouble in Paradise

I called the hike “worth it” at my first glimpse of Ramsey Cascades and its 100 feet of rocky outcrops, covered by hurtling streams of water. As the exclamation mark of that four-mile trail, the sight sight melted away memories of the elevation gain. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Outdoors

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