Southern West Virginia

Michael E. Gouge photo

Mountaineers are always free, so says the state motto of West Virginia. Traveling past the farms and forested ridges of the southern half of The Mountain State, one can sense the independent spirit that still inspires artisans and adventurers alike. Read more


Coal mining

Photo courtesy of Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices

These Appalachian Mountains are some of the most ancient on Earth, and though modest in size compared to the Himalayans or the Rockies, their ability to support one of the most thriving and biologically diverse regions in the world is unsurpassed. Read more