National Park Service

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

Feb 28, 2018 3:43 PM Blog

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

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts

A Walk Around Wytheville

Bruce Ingram photo

Wytheville is a charming small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia that offers a variety of musical entertainment, shopping opportunities, rich history and abundance of outdoor recreation. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts 1 Comments

Tucked into the North Georgia hillside are dozens of fairy houses, sized for the smallest, daintiest fairies to the tallest, proudest dwarves. Dubbed Whimsical Fairy Gardens, the spellbinding estates live up to the name. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

My wife, Lori, and I have always loved camping. From the time we met as students at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, we have been known to just throw our camping stuff in a vehicle or on our back and take to the woods. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Blog

Reading list

Joshua Moore Photo

With June here, let’s wander the shelves and pick over some travel books. Whether you are living in Western North Carolina or just visiting, here is a smorgasbord of guidebooks that should enrich your explorations. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

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

Fabulous Franklin, N.C.

Margaret Hester photo

Tucked away in a forgotten corner of Western North Carolina, not far from the Georgia line, lies an old town that’s rapidly developing a new spirit. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts

Learn the Constellations

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. more

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A Stay with a Story

Tapoco Lodge photo

Fly over the Smoky Mountains and one thing becomes apparent: This is a wild place. That wildness calls us to come visit. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Clayton, Ga.

Rabun County TDA photo

“Is that what I think it is?” I asked my wife, Dawn, as we stepped onto the outdoor deck of Grapes & Beans, a Main Street coffee shop in Clayton, Georgia. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outposts 1 Comments

Bridge to history

Upcountry South Carolina photo

Undulating through forests and farmland in what the Cherokee called the “Great Blue Hills of God,” the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC Highway 11) crosses the Blue Ridge Escarpment from Gaffney to Fair Play, South Carolina. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outposts

Scenic waters

Peter McIntosh photography

On a sunny day in mid-March, the hardwood trees lining Highway 197 in northeast Georgia reveal only the smallest of green buds, while cherry blossoms blush pale pink and forsythias herald spring in vivid bursts of yellow on the edges of the road. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Ties to the past

Courtesy of Jonesborough Area Merchants & Service Association

It may not come as a surprise that the oldest town in Tennessee would also be a hotbed for storytelling. Jonesborough’s National Storytelling Festival, an annual event that began with 60 attendees in 1973, now attracts more than 10,000 guests. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM , Departments

Madison County

Courtesy of

As we headed into the historic seat of Madison County—a winding descent that passed through thick trees, old vehicles, farmhouses, and a lone blue “Bernie” sign—the murmur of three centuries was almost audible. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM , Outposts

Katie Knorovsky

Second Street photography

My mom can stare into the sea for hours. During my childhood, summer usually meant a road trip away from our landlocked home to spend at least a week at the beach. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Blog

Heart of the matter

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce photo

After a long and successful career as co-owner of a graphic design firm in Atlanta, Steve Martin was ready for a change. His sleek high-rise condo, BMW, and fast-paced urban life had lost much of their appeal. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features


Tandem Crêperie & Coffeehouse photo

In the early 19th century, before making the arduous journey across the Blue Ridge, South Carolinians would rest and restock on commodities in the Upstate stopover that became known as Travelers Rest. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Husband-and-wife team Tim Osment and Dawn Gilchrist explored Bryson City, North Carolina, in search of their favorite hallmarks of small-town living in Southern Appalachia—fresh coffee, smart books, and good eating. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM , Departments

Jamie's Creole Brasserie

Brittany Garner Photography

The old Grover’s building in downtown Brevard has a long history of providing townspeople with basic commodities, whether Chevys or filing cabinets. Louisiana-born chef Jaime Hernandez adds beignets and fried frog legs to that tradition. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. more

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