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Henderson County, North Carolina

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Widely known for its abundance of apples and as the final home of American poet and writer Carl Sandburg, this popular destination spot offers not only history and agriculture but also an array of culinary, musical and leisure experiences. Read more

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

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Forget the days of stuffy museums with ropes to keep the hands of little visitors from getting too close. Today, many museums are geared for kids of all ages with interactive play, colorful exhibits, and rich opportunities for hands-on learning. Read more

When folks think of the Smoky Mountains, visions of glorious mountain peaks tucked in low-hanging clouds emerge. But when romance is out of the question and it’s time for family fun, the valleys of Tennessee offer their own exciting destinations. Read more

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Freezer Burn

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The icicles hanging along the porch roof looked like stalactites we had seen when we visited Cudjo Cavern, outside Middlesboro. It was cold and the morning sun was as bright as July at Myrtle Beach. Read more

Stories

“Here you will find fantastical worlds all around you,” reads the oversize decorative book at the entrance to Sleepy Hollow, a labyrinth of “fairy houses,” impish garden gnomes, and spinning whirligigs in North Georgia. Read more

Casters of all ages

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Springtime is near, and with budding green and showy blooms comes the beginning of derby season. Not the derbies of fleet-footed horses and fancy hats; not the derbies of cars crunching and colliding in fields of smoke and mud, either. Read more

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Banning Mills

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Nestled in Whitesburg, Ga., Historic Banning Mills provides an extreme adventure with a new two-tiered obstacle course adventure exclusively for children ages 4 and up. Read more

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Ranger Jay

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While most national parks serve as conduits for science, the Smokies is a window on history as well. Churches, schools, general stores, lumber camps, grist mills, farms and homes once filled the valleys and hollers that now constitute the Park. Read more

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For eighth-graders in one western North Carolina county, science class means getting your hands wet and mucking around in streams and creeks. It’s called Kids in the Creek, a hands-on water quality education program that works with middle schoolers. Read more

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