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A Conversation With A Smokies Architect

A Conversation With A Smokies Architect

Billie Faircloth is an architect, but not of the blueprint-and-build variety. She’s spent her career asking why people build the way that they do, and how those decisions affect the ecosystems where materials are harvested and buildings built.

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Features

Although the distance from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nags Head at the Outer Banks is nearly 500 miles, there are times when you can almost imagine the two coming together. Read more

Good Reads

In North Carolina, snow blooms in the air as suddenly as a bank of dogwoods in spring, and—like the dogwood—we can never precisely predict its coming and going. It rarely piles up high enough or lingers long enough in most areas of the state. Read more

Good Reads

To the left of the desk where I work stands a small shelf containing 114 books—I just counted them—nearly all of which are collections of essays. Standing shoulder to shoulder in this crowd are counselors, comedians, critics, sinners and saints. Read more

Good Reads

The natural beauty of Carter County, Tennessee, has beckoned visitors for centuries, ever since the area was populated by the Cherokee. From the Watauga River, brimming with trout, to the mile-high Roan Mountain, there is something for everyone. Read more

Outposts

Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail is a take-along guide for children ages 4 and up, designed to jump start their curiosity about nature. Read more

Mountain Explorer

Young Riders

Photo courtesy of Kate Rudd

Snowboarders under age 17 make up 34.3 percent of modern slope riders, according to winter sports authorities. To support this trend, slopes have developed classes, programs and events for child and youth boarders. Read more

Mountain Explorer

Searching for Winter

Holly Kays photo

As someone who loves snow and warm hats and the orderly changing of seasons, it had been a disappointing winter. I’d seen barely a flake of snow, and daytime temperatures often felt more on par with what you’d expect from a typical April. Read more

Mountain Explorer