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The natural beauty of Carter County, Tennessee, has beckoned visitors for centuries, ever since the area was populated by the Cherokee. From the Watauga River, brimming with trout, to the mile-high Roan Mountain, there is something for everyone. Read more

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A circle provides great symbolism for the town of Ellijay, Georgia. It’s located in the middle of incredible natural beauty and surrounded by miles of trails, wilderness areas, lakes, streams, waterfalls and even reports of Bigfoot sightings. Read more

Mountain Explorer

Photo Essay, December 2018

Mike Koenig

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Numerous versions of the story exist, but they all seem to possess a common thread. That a mother, perhaps named Molly, and a child escaped Indian captivity and when other settlers found them, the child proclaimed in a feeble voice, “Hungry, Mother.” Read more

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The Dark Corner. The very words give one a feeling of danger, mystery, and foreboding, much like the title of one of Kentucky author Jesse Stuart’s story collections: Beyond Dark Hills. Read more

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For many in the mountains, that first car you got was a ticket to explore. In North Carolina, we took driver’s education class in high school when we were 15 years old. Read more

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Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, is filled with a collection of historic homes displaying a variety of architectural styles and themes. Those homes will be the centerpiece of the Colors of Christmas Tour and Dinner on Saturday, December 1. Read more

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West Virginia contains some of the Appalachians best scenic drives, perfect for exploring via sports car or by my favorite method, on a motorcycle. Read more

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Abingdon is one of our favorite places to visit anywhere, and during many sojourns we’ve learned the ghostly legends. But what we didn’t know is that this is a town that sometimes seems to have more buildings haunted than not. Read more

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Big South Fork: Adventure Awaits

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Straddling both Tennessee and Kentucky, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area provides visitors access to 125,000 acres with natural arches, waterfalls and a host of outdoor activities like camping, horseback riding and paddling. Read more

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Perched at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Greenville County, South Carolina, Travelers Rest comes by its name literally. The tiny hamlet, established in 1808, claims a long history as a stopover. Read more

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Big South Fork: A Land of Gorges and Arches

NPS Photo/Bill Fultz

You hike through a forest on a rolling plateau. It’s pleasantly cool in the summer with the tree canopy above. After a while, you scan the landscape and perceive an openness through the forest ahead—it can give a queasy feeling of an upcoming void. Read more

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Cheers

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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant city is a scenic spot to explore alone. Read more

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Photo by Andrea Zucker

Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating museums for this one day only. Read more

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Free event scheduled at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. Read more

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Retracing a Father’s Wartime Footsteps

Fred Sauceman photo

It’s a miracle that I even exist. My father, Fred Sauceman Sr., was a member of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He survived the D-Day Invasion and the hedgerow warfare in Normandy. Read more

Good Reads

Christine Hoyer has always loved the outdoors and backcountry exploration. After a first career in research psychology, she decided it was time for a change and quit to volunteer on the Appalachian Trial. Read more

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There a distinct feeling that draws people to Waynesville’s wide sidewalks, weathered brick buildings, and broad bay windows. Words like comfortable, interesting and enjoyable come to mind. Read more

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Programs highlight activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Read more

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Colorful quilts, intricate woodcarvings, jewelry made with local gemstones, woven baskets, metalwork crafted by blacksmiths, furniture, and pottery vessels in all shapes and sizes fill the booths along Main Street in Burnsville, North Carolina. Read more

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I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. Read more

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