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Syrup Sweetens Life in Ashe County

Syrup Sweetens Life in Ashe County

Cold winters mean good business at Waterfall Farm, where a simple venture tapping “a few maple trees close to the house” in 2006 has evolved into one of the few commercial maple syrup operations in the region.

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On an Icy Edge

Photo Courtesy of VISITNC.com

The beautiful, fast-flowing waterfalls of the mountain regions take on a completely different appearance when the chill of winter comes blowing. more

Jan 3, 2018 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Bird Strike

Guy Smalley illustration

Late one night I was driving down a North Carolina back road in my pickup listening to public radio. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

I delight in books of literary compendia. Sometimes, of course, I quarrel with the selections. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Jack Coburn was a pivotal figure in regional affairs at the onset of the Great Depression, and arguably of greater significance in the Park’s creation than anyone on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Banner Elk, N.C.

Todd Bush photo

Sandwiched between Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain along the Elk River in North Carolina’s High Country, the tiny burg of Banner Elk rises as a destination for all seasons. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts

Finding Fresh Crops Under Winter's Snow

Photo courtesy Carol Koury

I recall a neighbor who had carrots and other hardy crops deep into the winter. The question is, how do they do that? more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

A review of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s handling of the devastating Chimney Tops 2 Fire in November 2016 found no evidence of negligence by park staff but revealed several shortcomings in the park’s disaster preparedness. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

It’s estimated that only 30,000 wild turkeys, Meleagris gallopavo, were left in North America by the early 1900s. European settlers regarded wild turkeys as a walking feast and they were hunted wherever they were encountered. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer