Michael Beadle

Keys to success

Nicole Wilhelm photo


Summer in the mountains of Southern Appalachia means enjoying the great outdoors. But as a child growing up in the flat lands of eastern North Carolina, many of my earliest memories of summers are tied to the Outer Banks. Read more


Pisgah Inn Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Pisgah Inn Restaurant

Enjoy Southern hospitality and fine cuisine as you look out over waves of mountain ranges with wisps of mist. From just about any seat in the Pisgah Inn Restaurant, you’d think you were on top of the world—especially if you arrive just before sunset. Read more

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Wiseman’s View

C.E. Westveer photo

Welcome to Smoky Mountain Living’s 75th anniversary issue on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We’re proud to bring you this special, keepsake issue packed with historic photos and fascinating interviews celebrating America’s Favorite Scenic Highway. Read more


Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center

Jeff Greenberg photo

It’s the most visited national park unit in the U.S. with more than 17 million annual visitors riding along the 469-mile ribbon of roadway that snakes through Virginia and North Carolina. It’s also one of the most loved. Read more


Folk Art Center

Michael Booher photo

The Blue Ridge Parkway not only provides panoramic views of nature. If you take the time, you will get a glimpse into the very soul of mountain culture through its rich arts and crafts traditions. Read more

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Iago Gallery

Nicole Wilhelm photos

The unassuming Main Street entrance to Iago art gallery in downtown Blowing Rock belies its true nature. Perhaps that’s why its original owners went for the Shakespearean reference as a namesake. Read more


Famous Louise's

Nicole Wilhelm photo

Just north of Linville Caverns at the intersection of highways 221 and 183, there used to be an old tree where moonshiners supposedly met. If police happened to show up, the men simply moved to the other side of the tree. Read more


For decades, the bodies have been piling up underneath the University of Tennessee’s football stadium in Knoxville. Dead bodies—in office rooms. Some are studied in murder cases. Some are the skeletal remains of unknown victims. Read more



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Ask Clay County poet Glenda Beale what it was like to arrive in the far western part of North Carolina as a fledging writer knowing no other writers, and you will immediately hear the name Nancy Simpson. Read more

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As 2009 comes to a close, we like to take stock of all we’ve been through this year. Certainly, with all the troubling news about unemployment and businesses going bankrupt, it’s been a tough year for many, to say the least. Read more


Helen, Georgia

Alpine Helen/White County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau photos

Back in the early 1800s, gold was discovered in the hills of North Georgia, attracting miners and fortune-seekers to the area that was once the ancient homeland of the Cherokee. Read more

The case for a park

Courtesy of Nat C. Myers photography fund purchase, Asheville Art Museum collection

There’s a view on the way up to Clingmans Dome, an overlook where a maze of finger-like ridges unfurl at your feet and spread across the landscape before tumbling into the Oconaluftee River Valley below. Read more



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Blue Moon Rising’s recently released CD One Lonely Shadow is an aptly titled collection of songs that delve into the deep shadows of loneliness, heartbreak, lost love, lost jobs, and death. Read more

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Tinkering and building have always come natural for Robert Morehead. Growing up in south-central Ohio in the small town of Greenfield, he found himself working alongside his father, a master cabinetmaker who remodeled farmhouses and built furniture. Read more


Michael Beadle photo

Going off the beaten path doesn’t mean you have to give up a great meal. If you’re cruising past the main drag of fast food joints and traveler trappings in Clayton, Ga., be sure not to miss the heart of the downtown district. Read more


Shopping in Black Mountain

Michael Beadle photo

Black Mountain offers the kind of gentle pace you find in a front-porch rocking chair. With its haven of downtown shops, majestic mountain views, and nearby attractions, worldly travelers are finding their way to this front porch. Read more

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Anthony Lampros photo

Hard as it might be to imagine, North Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains once shot up five to 10 miles in the sky, dwarfing today’s Himalayas or the Rocky Mountains of Western U.S. They are some of the oldest mountains on earth. Read more


In their third album of self-styled “fiery mountain music,” one of America’s hottest acoustic bands gives a fresh Appalachian twang to bluegrass back roads and lonesome highways. Read more