All eyes on Tryon

Photo courtesy Fédération Equestre International

All Eyes on Tryon

In September, one of the world’s largest sporting events will bring tens of thousands of visitors to tiny Mill Spring, North Carolina. This sleepy town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains has a hidden claim to fame.



Carol and Jim Steiner say they understand that the idea of a jaunt on the Appalachian Trail can intimidate some would-be hikers. After all, the AT is about 2,181 miles long, known as the longest continuously marked footpath in the world. more


Mountain Heritage Day

WCU photo

Western Carolina University will hold its 44th annual Mountain Heritage Day, a community event on campus that showcases traditional Southern Appalachian culture through music, dance, skills and crafts, on Saturday, Sept. 29. more


When David Cooke started promoting a new program called Grow Appalachia to help people in Appalachian states and counties grow their own healthy produce, some residents were a bit skeptical. more


It’s a name that often stands alone, bereft of more because it is complete in its singularity. Chihuly. From Venice to Jerusalem, the exhibitions of Seattle artist Dale Chihuly have attracted fans and critics alike. more


When you hiked with Glenn Cardwell, you got information. He was a humble and soft-spoken man in his business world, but he waxed poetic and enthusiastic when you got him on the trails. more

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Deep in the Devil's Cellar

John Forbes photo

Western North Carolina’s Burke County is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, and its crown jewel, the Linville Gorge, serves as a vast hub to foster pursuit of the momentary and sometimes inexplicable wonders of nature. more


Spring Gobbler Hunting

Bruce Ingram photo

Every year on the first weekend in April, my wife Elaine and I drive to the Johnson City area, stop by Mahoney’s Outfitters to pick up a hunting license, and then head for a rental house on the side of an East Tennessee mountain. more