Banner Elk, N.C.

Todd Bush photo

A High Country Hideaway

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.



Grayson Highlands Ponies

Bruce Ingram photo

“That one has just been born, it’s still wet!” exclaimed Jenna Wagner, marketing and public relations director of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation. Indeed, we had just missed the birth of a foal. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts

A Walk Around Wytheville

Bruce Ingram photo

Wytheville is a charming small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia that offers a variety of musical entertainment, shopping opportunities, rich history and abundance of outdoor recreation. more

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Jon and Regina Phillips, J&G Photos

Autumn lights up Southern Appalachia in a burst of color and activity. Our readers share their favorite scenes of this showstopping season. more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts 1 Comments

Come rock a spell

ExploreAsheville.com photo

Black Mountain is a magnet for arts and culture, a playground for outdoor adventure, a utopia for shopping and browsing, and a feast for culinary pallets. Whether you’re a loafer or explorer, Black Mountain is a destination that does it all. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts 1 Comments

Cades Cove butterfly

Photo by Mark Roberts, Mark J Roberts Photography

Seven photographers bring us the sights of spring in the mountains. more

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Fabulous Franklin, N.C.

Margaret Hester photo

Tucked away in a forgotten corner of Western North Carolina, not far from the Georgia line, lies an old town that’s rapidly developing a new spirit. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts

December 2016 Photo Essay

Jon and Regina Phillips photo

’Tis the season for clean slates—from the pristine beauty of a fresh snowfall to the eternal promise of a new year. Our readers share their views of winter resolve. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outposts

Photo Essay, October 2016

Scott Ramsey photo

From the contours of a craggy peak to the intricate beadwork of a local artisan, heirlooms in Southern Appalachia have been forged by nature as well as made by hand. Our readers share their views of artistry that endures. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outposts

Starry night

Mark Roberts

Few things endure quite like the memories made on an endless summer day in the mountains. Our readers share their views of those special moments. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outposts