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August 2018 Guide to the Great Outdoors Issue (Our State Magazine)  Mitchell County is featured in Our State Magazine in the story “Blazing a New Trail” by Eddie Nickens with breathtaking photos highlighting Roan Balds and with shout-outs to Carvers Gap and Grassy Ridge Bald!

July 2018 How to Motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway (USA Today)/Little Switzerland

July 2018 Hand in Hand (Carolina Home + Garden Magazine)

July 2018 If You Only Visit One Orchard NC Orchard This Year Make it This One (Only in Your State)

July 2018 True Gems (WNC Magazine)

June 2018 National Scenic Trails: The Best 50 Miles (Backpacker Magazine)

June 2018 Roan Mountain an Appalachian Paradise of fir trees, rhododendron (Winston-Salem Journal)

June 2018 Photo Feature on the Roan (Winston-Salem Journal)

June 2018 Rhododendron Rhapsody on Roan Mountain (Boston Globe)

May 2018  10 Ways Families Can Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway (Museum of NC Minerals) Asheville Citizen Times

May 2018  This Easy Hike In North Carolina Will Transport You Into A Sea Of Color (Roan Mountain) Only in Your State

April 2018   Getting There is Half The Fun: Must Do Hikes in Our National Parks  (Roan Mountain)

February 2018 Hike the Appalachian Trail over the rolling Roan Highlands, hiking from Carvers Gap to grassy, wildflower-covered fields and exceptional 360-degree summit views at Round Bald, Jane Bald and Grassy Ridge Bald. (Asheville Trails)

December 2017 The Most Driver Friendly States for Road Trips/Blue Ridge Parkway(The Drive)

Fall 2017 Top 10 Fall Leaf Hikes Near Asheville (Asheville Trails)

November 2017 10 Roads with the Best Windshield Views in NC/Blue Ridge Parkway (Only In Your State)

November 2017 7 of the Best Sunset Summits in WNC/Roan Mountain (Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine)

November 2017 12 of the World’s Most Enticing Food and Drink Trails/Neck of the Woods (CNN Travel)

October 2017 10 Scenic Overlooks in NC That Will Leave You Breathless (Only in Your State)

October 2017 10 Best Blue Ridge Byways for Fall Leaf Peeping/Blue Ridge Parkway (Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine)

October 2017 10 Short and Sweet Fall Hikes in NC with a Spectacular End View(Only in Your State)

September 2017 You’ll Never Want to Leave the Little Switzerland of North Carolina (Only in Your State)

August 2017 If There Are Only 5 Hikes You Do in NC Make Them These (Only in Your State)

August 2017 The Appalachian Trail Turns 80/Photo feature of Jane Bald/Round Bald/Bakersville (USA Today)

August 2017 The Transformation of Quail Hollow/Spruce Pine Sand (Golf Digest)

July 2017 Next Great Mountain Towns/Spruce Pine (Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine)

June 2017 Five Great Hikes for Blueberry Picking (Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine)

June 2017 10 Things You Must Do Underneath the Summer Sun in NC/Roan Mtn (Only in Your State)

June 2017 Winners List of Top Adventure Town/Spruce Pine (Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine)

June 2017 The Hiking Trail Hiding in NC That Will Transport You to Another World(Only in Your State)

February 2017 Most Exhilarating Drives in NC/Diamondback (Thrillest)

January 2017 10 Trips to Make A Backpacker for Life/Roan Mountain, NC (

January 2017 Best of the Blue Ridge, Best Section of the Appalachian Trail/Roan Mountain (Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine)

January 2-17 2017 Bucket List: 17 Places You Should Go in NC in 2017/Roan Mountain (Only in Your State)

January 2017 10 Amazing North Carolina Secrets You Never Knew Existed (Only in Your State)

January 2017 10 Perfect Places in NC for People Who Hate Crowds (Only in Your State)

35 Top Coolest Towns Near Asheville (Romantic Asheville)