Linville Gorge

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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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



Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

My dad insisted on visiting Asheville during Halloween weekend, but I wanted him to come earlier. By then, leaves are past their peak in the valleys and have blown away from the ridgetops. Read more


Linville Gorge

Photo courtesy of Burke County, N.C. Tourism Development Authority

Near Morganton, N.C., South Mountains State Park spreads across 100,000 acres in the state’s foothills. The South Mountains once served as a buffer zone between the Cherokee and Catawba Indians. Read more