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National Park Service staff will be on hand at each event to provide a “behind the scenes” look into the Parkway. Read more

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The Channels Natural Area Preserve

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Our guide is Eric Middlemas of The Mid-Appalachian Highlands Club, a hiking and outdoor activity club in the Tri-Cities area that was founded in 1976 and is one of the oldest organized hiking clubs in the region. Read more

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All campgrounds on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina are under a mandatory evacuation order. Read more

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Billie Wheeler

Barter Theatre is the nation’s longest running professional theater, having opened in 1933 during the Great Depression. Read more

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Storm remnants could bring heavy rain to area. Read more

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

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In 2013, Smoky Mountain Living invited Michael Twitty to author an article for its Mountain Voices section regarding how the enslaved from West and Central Africa influenced Appalachian food and culture. Read more

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I stopped doing CD and book reviews at the end of 2013, but reading Becky Mushko’s latest book Them That Go, set in the 1970s in the same Virginia mountains where I was born and raised, has inspired me to put on my reviewer’s cap one last time. Read more

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

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If you like music then you owe a debt of gratitude for events that occurred 90 years ago in Bristol, Tennessee. Read more

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It is a cold winter morning in early February when Andy Rosenberger, Paul Hinlicky, and I arrive at my mountaintop land in Craig County, Virginia. Read more

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Bristol sings a new tune

Cameron Davidson photo • Virginia Tourism Corporation (Virginia.org)

Bristol is complex and effervescent, from the roar of NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway—the world’s eighth largest sports venue—to vivacious State Street, the downtown boulevard that anchors a resurgent arts and entertainment community. Read more

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Finished Dip Dogs

Fred Sauceman

The big city hot dogs of Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia get most of the media attention, but the small towns and country backroads of Southwest Virginia are rich in hot dog cuisine. Read more

Sweet Appalachia

Southern Appalachia: 50 Events That Put Us On The Map

Illustration by Ali Douglass

From the conquistadors and colonists of centuries past to the Appalachian Trail backpackers and smartphone-toting tourists of today, travelers have always been drawn to Southern Appalachia’s dramatic geography. Read more

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A prim and proper view

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

In the mountains of Virginia near the Blue Ridge Parkway, what once was farmland and the nation’s largest producer of bundled firewood now is home to a luxury resort unlike any other. Read more

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Virginia wines

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Virginia is the fifth largest producer of wine in the United States—behind California, Washington, Oregon and New York—and the wines in this region won’t disappoint. Read more

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“Old Maude bows to the Virginia Creeper”

Courtesy of the O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke, VA. Copyright Conway Link

Railroads did not barrel into the Appalachians until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. But when they did, communities lying in the path of the locomotives were dramatically transformed. Mountain enclaves became bustling little towns. Read more

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Virginia Creeper Trail

Photo by Cameron Davidson/CameronDavidson.com. Courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corp.

In the heart of Abingdon, Va., begins the Virginia Creeper Trail, a former train line turned multi-use pathway. The 34-mile trail climbs from its base, marked by a historic Norfolk and Western engine, once used on the tracks, to nearly 4,000 feet. Read more

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