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Four Hikes, Four Experiences

Max Cooper photo

Autumn is a fantastic time of year to hike the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The daytime temperatures are wonderfully cool and the air is clear of haze allowing for vistas that extend to the horizon. more

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Joe Deal was just a 20-something year old young man when he pitched the idea of a corn maze to his dad, a seasoned 30-year tobacco farmer who quit growing tobacco after the federal government deregulated its price in 2004-2005. more

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Rosemary and Sage Apple Hand Pies

Meg Reilley photos

My lifelong love affair with apples is steeped in tradition. The crisp, fragrant fruit has popped up in family meals, festivities, and occasions for as long as I can remember. more

Sweet Appalachia

We in the Northern Hemisphere experienced the autumnal equinox on September 22, with the hours of daylight and dark virtually equal. Ever since, we have been turning away from the sun, the light growing softer and the shadows longer. more

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Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

My dad insisted on visiting Asheville during Halloween weekend, but I wanted him to come earlier. By then, leaves are past their peak in the valleys and have blown away from the ridgetops. more

Good Reads

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John Northrup photo

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

Outposts

Visitors to Western North Carolina’s mountains can look forward to a good display of color this autumn, although some areas will enjoy brighter hues than others, predicts Kathy Mathews, Western Carolina University’s fearless fall foliage forecaster. more

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