Sitting on a rather large fallen tree branch, Langhorne Slim gazes out onto the grounds of FloydFest. The annual late July gathering has become a haven of sorts for tens of thousands of folks seeking genuine human compassion and melodic serenity. more

Sweet Appalachia

Christine Hoyer has always loved the outdoors and backcountry exploration. After a first career in research psychology, she decided it was time for a change and quit to volunteer on the Appalachian Trial. more

Mountain Explorer

At first glance, you may not be familiar with the name Jim Rooney. By all accounts, though, you’re probably well-aware of the people, places and things he not only was part of, but also created, championed, and chased after. more

Sweet Appalachia


Gregg Roth photo

Like a tumbleweed from his native Texas, Rodney Crowell has bounced and rolled along through life to wherever the four winds of the cosmos push him. more

Sweet Appalachia

Wiley Cash: Always Home in the Mountains

Ashleigh Coleman Photography

Wiley Cash smiles as wide as a billboard, hand out to meet a fellow traveler, eager to talk about his book, any books, the craft and discipline of writing, his love of reading, influential authors, sports, and the outdoors. more


The Smokies’ Fish Master

Gary Verholek photo

Since joining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a fisheries technician in May 1994, Matt Kulp has yet to find a reason to leave. Kulp took a break from the field for a conversation about trout, water quality and habitat restoration. more

Mountain Explorer

Over the better part of the last two decades, The Steep Canyon Rangers have done the single most important thing a band can do—be themselves. more

Sweet Appalachia

Have you ever pulled into an overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and gazed across the distance at the rippling mountain peaks and wondered, what are the names of all those mountains? Do they have stories to tell? more

Mountain Explorer