French Broad River

Bobby Hicks

Pat Franklin

Fiddlers come together for annual show in Madison County, North Carolina Read more


A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

More than 1 million visitors a year pass through the hallowed halls of the Biltmore House, a show-stopper of colossal proportions, draped in brilliant architecture, laced with captivating history and adorned with lavish antiquities. Read more


Rankin Bottoms

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About an hour’s drive from Waynesville, North Carolina, and you’ll be up to your ankles in mud, swatting mosquitoes and listening to cicadas hum from the willows and cottonwood trees of Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Management Area. Read more


Madison County

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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. Read more

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Michael Meissner illustration

You close your eyes tightly and feel Looking Glass Rock hard and cold beneath your back and you are dizzy and intoxicated by the wildness of the forests below. You can smell winter approaching, the silence of snow filling the creek beds. Read more


Wilma Dykeman wrote the definitive history of the French Broad River in her 1955 book The French Broad. She often joked about the title because New York editors initially assumed it was a risqué tale about a foreign lady of questionable character. Read more