North Carolina

It’s morning on the Pigeon River, which will soon teem with visitors enjoying the beautiful and exciting Pigeon River Gorge. It hasn’t always been this way. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Rankin Bottoms

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Livin

About an hour’s drive from Waynesville, North Carolina, and you’ll be up to your ankles in mud, swatting mosquitoes and listening to cicadas hum from the willows and cottonwood trees of Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Management Area. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Come rock a spell 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

Growing up in Cherokee County, Jan Davidson had always heard of the John C. Campbell Folk School. He recalls his first pilgrimage to the Brasstown campus as a first-grader on a field trip. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Eclipse watching events in North Carolina more


No Country for Big-Box Stores

Cory Vaillancourt photo

As a little girl, Kelly Sutton sang along to Dolly Parton while dancing on the counters of the Big Creek Country Store. Now the 30-year-old spends her days behind those counters, finding her rhythm as a small business owner. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Southern Appalachia: 50 Events That Put Us On The Map

Illustration by Ali Douglass

From the conquistadors and colonists of centuries past to the Appalachian Trail backpackers and smartphone-toting tourists of today, travelers have always been drawn to Southern Appalachia’s dramatic geography. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

The official state dog of North Carolina

Photo courtesy Plott Family Collections

“I don’t know what their name for the Plott dog was in German or exactly what they came from. I wasn’t there. But when the old man brought them here, they named them after him—they called them Plotts.” — Henry “Von” Plott more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features 2 Comments

I was born in Raleigh, N.C. My mother, a North Carolina native from Alexander County, moved to Raleigh to attend N.C. State and stayed in town after graduating. My father, raised on the south side of Chicago, moved to Raleigh after law school. more

Apr 1, 2013 12:00 AM Blog

Kay Byer

Ashley T. Evans photo

When Kay Byer took on the position of poet laureate for her state, she was “crowned” with a laurel wreath at a huge and festive gathering in Raleigh. Such a wreath comes from a long tradition of honoring heroes. more

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM Good Reads

Chimney Rock

Helen Hopper Photos

If you have ever stood on the mile-high swinging bridge at the top of Grandfather Mountain or on the towering rock formation that gives Chimney Rock Park its name, you will recognize these familiar landmarks. more

Mar 1, 2009 12:00 AM Features