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    A Wife, Kids, A House, and A Creek

    “I’ve gone to pick up Sam and Eli at summer camp,” the text reads. “Be back at 4:15 or so. Luv you.” With that note from my wife Elaine, I spontaneously decide to grab a fly rod and a few patterns, walk out our back door, and head for the creek. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Stories

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    A Man and His Dog

    “Speck is not a good boy. He is a terrible boy, a defiant, self-destructive, often malodorous boy, a grave robber and screen-door moocher who spends his days playing chicken with the FedEx man and rolling in donkey manure. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Stories

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    Scottish Flavor in Upstate Golf

    When you step onto a tee box at Links O’Tryon, you could easily imagine yourself getting ready for a round of mountain golf, with plenty of scenic vistas. Or a round of Sandhills golf, not unlike Pinehurst. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Outdoors

  • The Smokies’ Species Hunter

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    A Conversation With the Smokies’ Species Hunter

    Since 2018, Will Kuhn has served as director of science and research for Discover Life in America, a nonprofit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Outdoors

  • Hemphill Bald Trail

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    On the Trail in the Smokies

    Whenever the high-elevation Heintooga Ridge Road is open—typically from mid-May through October—and the weather is favorable, a hike on Hemphill Bald Trail is an excellent choice. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Outdoors

  • Out-Hiking the Clouds

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    Out-Hiking the Clouds

    Somewhere around the time winter was surrendering to spring, my mom sent me an unusual text message. “I have a proposition for you,” she wrote. “I’ll tell you the next time we talk.” Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Outdoors

  • Man On A Mission

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    Man On A Mission

    On his way from performing at a Sunday church service in Highlands, North Carolina, to an afternoon gig at Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Darren Nicholson pulled over somewhere outside of Cherokee, North Carolina. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Art+Music

  • Eat Taters

    Eat Taters

    As a lad growing up in the heart of the Smokies, I took just as much joy in spring as did the adults. It was a time of trout fishing, food such as branch lettuce, ramps from nature’s sprawling garden, and the annual ritual of putting in a garden. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Food+Drink

  • Photo Essay, June 2022

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    Photo Essay, June 2022

    Our readers share their images of Summer fun. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Stories

  • Nantahala Outdoor Center Celebrates 50 Years

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    Fun, Friendship and Adventure

    In 1971, National Public Radio, Federal Express and Disney World were all born. Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard became the fifth person to walk on the moon and the first to try golfing on it. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Outdoors

  • Asheville’s River Arts District

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    RAD is State of the Art

    Asheville locals are the first to admit their town is a smidge offbeat. After all, it is one of few places where yogis get zen with goats and breweries serve gummy worm-infused ales. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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    Art+Music

  • The Unicoi Turnpike

    Uncovering A 200-Year-Old Road with Modern Technology

    As most of us speed down an interstate or navigate city roads, the idea of transporting products for sale or even traveling across a state line before asphalt or rubber tires is fairly unimaginable. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

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