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Hannah Harvey: Telling Tales of Coalminers, Gaelic Fairies and More

Hannah Harvey is a storyteller steeped in Appalachian tradition.

Hannah Harvey's stories, like a family tree, draw webbed lines from the present deep into the past, from contemporary coal miners’ lives to her own family memories, even back to the ancestors of Appalachia...

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Melungeon Mystery Solved? Or Opened to Further Exploration?

Everybody loves a mystery. And even more so when it involves real people, and it apparently gets solved.

Twenty years ago, this magazine introduced the work of Brent Kennedy on his heritage as a Melungeon. The specifics of that research and a recent DNA study do several things, not the least of which is renewing and deepening interest in who we are and where we came from....

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Movies in the Mountains

Documentaries, commercials, features and blockbusters like “The Hunger Games” were filmed in the Blue Ridge region.

Our beautiful mountain geography; our small, charming, sometimes frozen-in-time towns; our warm welcome; our reasonable prices for things. They’re all part of what brings Hollywood to the Blue Ridge region...

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Foodie Tour IV: The Southernmost Parkway Counties

Great food from the southermost counties of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The offerings are enticing, tasty, unique and – in at least one case – accompanied by a great scenic view worth waiting for....

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Hoop Hole Havoc

Hoop Hole Havoc

What do you get when you combine four kids nine and under, four dogs, six 30-somethings, the hiking semi-geezer couple and a jump-off-the-ledge swimmin' hole?

Well, some muddy kids, some shaky, barky dogs, some wet parents (and some not), The Day Hike...

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A Love Affair with Mimi

A Love Affair with Mimi

The initial goal was to return the little deer as soon as possible to the wild. But the deer, and the couple it adopted, did not seem to want that to occur. What ensued was a relationship that not only amazed and helped one North Carolina mountain co...

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Foodie Tour IV: The Southernmost Parkway Counties

Foodie Tour IV: The Southernmost Parkway Counties

We kick off this last installment of our four-part Blue Ridge Parkway-counties Foodie Tour with a visit to the popular Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, N.C. The offerings as we head south from Buncombe County are equally as enticing, tasty, unique and...

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The Blue Ridge Outdoor Bucket List

The Blue Ridge Outdoor Bucket List

No, not all of us are going to jump off a bridge, or even leap off a zip-line stand. And hiking 1,000 miles or running 20 miles of whitewater isn’t everyone’s cup of tea either. But between those fairly extreme undertakings and, well, a cup of tea is...

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Bridge Day!

Bridge Day!

Not only is it an engineering masterpiece, connecting the high gorge walls of the New River and coming in at 3,030 feet long, 876 feet tall and 70 feet wide, the New River Gorge Bridge is home to Fayette County, W.Va’s Bridge Day where you can find c...

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TWEETSIE : A Timeless Theme Park

TWEETSIE : A Timeless Theme Park

All of a sudden, we took a turn and found the Country Fair. It was loaded with rides, like little cars to drive, plus a merry-go-round, and it all sat in the middle of the Tweetsie Railroad theme park, encircled by the active train tracks of the thre...

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The Train to Maryland

The Train to Maryland

I’m listening to some of my favorite sounds: the clatter of wheels on the tracks and a horn announcing “train’s coming” to the roads up ahead. I boarded this morning around 7:30 in Lynchburg, Va.’s station, a restored old structure that evokes some o...

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Featured Blue Ridge Videos

Hannah Harvey: Telling Tales of Coalminers, Gaelic Fairies and More. (Click to Read More.)

Riding The Wind at Lookout Mountain. (Click to Read More.)