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July 28, 2019

Stone Mountain is the centerpiece and namesake of one of North Carolina’s largest state parks. The 600-foot granite dome stands 2,305 feet above sea level and is part of a 25 square-mile pluton—a gigantic igneous rock that formed underneath the earth...

July 14, 2019

Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Range, towering prominently over the highlands of North Carolina at 5,946 feet above sea level. The mountain derives its name from a crag on its rugged precipice called Profile Rock, which be...

July 7, 2019

The Blowing Rock is a small park in western North Carolina that has entertained tourists for nearly ninety years, while its legend has been a Native American oral tradition for countless generations. Long ago, during a period of tense conflict betwee...

February 23, 2019

The anomalous geologic formations of Chimney Rock have been captivating the inhabitants of North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge for hundreds of years. It is a beacon of supernatural power, according to Cherokee lore, and a site of scenic splendor and a...

February 10, 2019

The Black Mountains of western North Carolina bear some of the tallest peaks in the eastern United States. Mount Mitchell, which measures 6,684 feet above sea level, is the pinnacle of this mountain range and the highest point east of the Mississippi...

January 26, 2019

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A few weeks ago, I ventured down to southwest Virginia and biked the Virginia Creeper Trail--a 34.3-mile rail-trail situated on the old rail beds of Norfolk and Western's Abingdon Branch Railroad. The Virginia Creeper is widely regarded a...

January 20, 2019

The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile bike path that follows the Abingdon branch of the old Norfolk and Western Railway. The railroad, though rather short-lived, transformed the small, rural “frontier” of southwest Virginia into a bustling economic...

January 13, 2019

Mount Rogers, measuring in at 5,729 feet above sea-level, holds the distinction as the tallest point in Virginia and the fourth-highest peak east of the Mississippi River. The summit displays the northern-most example of a Southern Spruce-Fir Forest...

December 16, 2018

Amidst the roaring rapids of the James River and the towering skyline of downtown Richmond, Virginia, Belle Isle stands out as one of the South’s most significant historical and industrial landmarks. From humble beginnings as a modest Native American...

May 25, 2018

Two states. One incredible destination. The rapids at Great Falls are some of the most majestic on the East Coast and draw millions of tourists each year. The Potomac River plummets nearly 80 feet at this location, creating a series of beautiful whit...

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Hi everyone! My name is Tim Murphy. I'm a graduate of the College of William and Mary, passionate historian, and an avid outdoorist. A few years ago, I decided to start a website dedicated to our nation's rich history, diverse culture, and breath-taking nature. Follow along as we explore and discover the wonders America has to offer!

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