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I often drive across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and I always feel the presence of nature around me. Read more

Stories

New River Trail State Park Hits The High Notes

Keith Lanpher photo

This 57-mile rail-to-trail recreational wonderland gets better with each visit: more relaxing, richer in birds and blooms, and for history lovers, more valuable as a window into the region’s recent past. Read more

Outdoors

When I signed up to spend a day searching for a mountain camellia in the wild, I didn’t know much about what a mountain camellia was. It was a flower, it was rare, and it had some inexplicable air of mystery about it—that’s where my knowledge ended. Read more

Outdoors

Deep in the Devil's Cellar

John Forbes photo

Western North Carolina’s Burke County is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, and its crown jewel, the Linville Gorge, serves as a vast hub to foster pursuit of the momentary and sometimes inexplicable wonders of nature. Read more

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