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5 Short and Easy Hikes on the Eno River

5 Short and Easy Hikes on the Eno River

I’ve lived minutes from the Eno River for most of my life. I spent some time living near the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and have lived a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, but Piedmont North Carolina’s Eno River is the sweet, humble body of water that...

Jordan Lake, North Carolina: Where Eagles Dare

Jordan Lake, North Carolina: Where Eagles Dare

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, seeing a bald eagle in the wild was a fantasy as far-fetched as dreaming I’d one day score a Super-Bowl-winning touchdown for the Buffalo Bills. Forty years later, I can make one of those crazy dreams a reality on any given...

After the Battle, Recovery on the Playing Field

After the Battle, Recovery on the Playing Field

The bullets start coming immediately. The American soldier squats atop a rocky hillside in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, looking down into the valley stretched out below, trying to figure out where the shots are coming from. He fires his weapon into the valley, but...

5 Gorgeous North Carolina Hikes for Flower Lovers

5 Gorgeous North Carolina Hikes for Flower Lovers

Late spring is reason enough to take a high-country hike. Temperatures are moderate, the Southern Appalachian hardwood canopy is just starting to pop, with its bright green hue, the humidity is still at civil levels. Throw in the prospect for rhododendron and mountain...

5 Easy Hiking Escapes in the North Carolina Triad

5 Easy Hiking Escapes in the North Carolina Triad

If you live in the Triad, you're lucky when it comes to hiking. Not only are these hikes beautiful, but they're nearby. Sure, people rave about mountain hiking and coastal relaxation. And we're not saying the Triangle doesn't have plenty to offer -- it does, too! The...

5 North Carolina Hikes Worth Taking This Fall

5 North Carolina Hikes Worth Taking This Fall

You love fall color — and so does everyone else. This time of year, conga lines of cars snake along the Blue Ridge Parkway, U.S,. 441 through the Smokies and any number of other mountain roads in search of the color promised by tourism brochures. The good news: few of...