Near Gatlinburg

Mary Meiners

Southern Appalachia sparkles with hidden treasure. Our readers share their views of secret spots and rare discoveries. more »

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

In the summer of 1954, I turned six, caught my first fish, and fell out of a tree house. It was also the summer I learned to swim. The last of those milestones came as a result of a strange set of circumstances that still brings a smile to my face. more »

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Perspectives

Scenic waters

Peter McIntosh photography

On a sunny day in mid-March, the hardwood trees lining Highway 197 in northeast Georgia reveal only the smallest of green buds, while cherry blossoms blush pale pink and forsythias herald spring in vivid bursts of yellow on the edges of the road. more »

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments


Garret K. Woodward

Clayton, Georgia, recedes in the rearview mirror. Head farther west on Highway 76. The last of the day’s sunshine falls behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a right on Persimmon Road, an easy-to-miss turnoff into the backwoods. more »

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Music

Madison County

Courtesy of VisitNC.com

As we headed into the historic seat of Madison County—a winding descent that passed through thick trees, old vehicles, farmhouses, and a lone blue “Bernie” sign—the murmur of three centuries was almost audible. more »

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM , Departments

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