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Banner Elk, N.C.

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National Park Service

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park top lists for popularity, according to the National Park System. more

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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

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Winter Pinnacle

Cataloochee Ski Area

Few things bring out the child within like a blanket of white and some good old-fashioned fun in the snow. more

Mountain Explorer

Wooly Worm

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

For years, I refused to draft a bucket list. A few months ago, however, my perception was forever changed while attending a conference where speakers discussed local festival development in Western North Carolina. more

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Biking Beech Mountain

Kristian Jackson photo

North Carolina’s Beech Mountain is emerging as one of the region’s top mountain biking destinations with the addition of a several new chairlift-assisted trails. Scheduled to open in June, the trails are part of ongoing renovations and improvements. more

Mountain Explorer

Getting to the highlands of Avery County requires an appreciation for curvy mountain roads that rise and fall, twist and turn their way through rocky crevices, past gnarled trees stunted by cold and wind, over the Eastern Continental Divide. more

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