Leisure & Recreation

Pioneer Day features Southern Appalachian crafts, live bands, food trucks, vintage farm tools and equipment, Civil War re-enactors, special exhibits, authors, animals, children’s games and much more. Read more


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Photo Cred (Glen Rose) color.jpeg

Glen Rose

The band will take the stage at Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass on Saturday, May 18. Read more


The festival runs July 6-7 with 35 music and dance competitions. Read more


Schedule announced for Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville. Read more


Biltmore Estate puts out the welcome mat

The Biltmore Company photo

The historic Asheville chateau came in at No. 9 on the TripAdvisor top 25 landmarks in the nation. Read more


Memorial Day Weekend signals the beginning of the summer visitor season on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more


The 17th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival takes place May 19, in Elkin, North Carolina. Read more



National Park Service

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park top lists for popularity, according to the National Park System. Read more


It’s morning on the Pigeon River, which will soon teem with visitors enjoying the beautiful and exciting Pigeon River Gorge. It hasn’t always been this way. Read more


Clingmans secret tunnel

Deb Campbell

Hikers, outdoorsmen, photographers, and locals reveal their favorite treasures of “the back of beyond”—from secluded trails and fishing streams to quiet overlooks and picnic spots. Read more

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