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January 2020 Roan Mountain Winter Hike & Cross Country Ski

Top Spots for Gem Hunting in the US International Gem Society

December 2019 Roan Highland land conserved for rare forest, bird species, Appalachian Trail views  Asheville Citizen Times

December 2019 A Storybook Week for the Southeast

November 2019 You Should Be Outside on National Take a Hike Day

October 2019 Best Places for Gem Mining Near Asheville

October 2019 Blue Ridge Parkway Adventure WRAL

September 2019 Autumnal Travels on the Blue Ridge Parkway Watauga Democrat

September 2019 Fall’s Flash of Color High Country NC

September 2019 On The Trails at Carver’s Gap WJHL

September 2019 Round Bald Trail in North Carolina  Only In Your State

September 2019 6 Great Hiking Trails in the NC Mountains VisitNC

August 2019  Visit Bonnie And Clydes Drive-In, The Small Town Burger Joint In North Carolina That’s Been Around Since The 70s   Only In Your State

August 2019 Follow this Road Trip to See The Best Fall Foliage in NC,  Only in Your State

July 2019 Mining for Gems in Western North Carolina WRAL

July 2019 Going Places: Roan Mountain  Kingsport Times News

July 2019 The Most Scenic Hiking Trails in Every State, Bob

July 2019 Essential Stops Along the Bewitching Blue Ridge Parkway Roadtrippers

July 2019 Day Trip Idea: Gem Mining 

July 2019 Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike This Summer The Trek

July 2019 Dark Skies: 23 Best Places in the world to Stargaze CNN

July 2019 Double Tap: 9 Instagrammable Summer Spots Across NC, Visit NC

June 2019 The Best Road Trips in North America Outside Magazine

June 2019 Find Your Perfect Hiking Trail in Asheville/WNC, Asheville Citizen-Times

June 2019 The Most Scenic Road Trips in the US,

April 2019 The  Best Hike in Every State, Outside Magazine

April 2019 Top 20 NC Mountain Summit Hikes with Views Romantic Asheville

April 2019 Road Trip to the Southern Sixers  Road Trips & Coffee

April 2019 The East’s Best Hikes for Spring Wildflowers Reserve America

April 2019 Best View Hikes in WNC  Grassy Ridge Bald Hike

March 2019 What To Do in Spring Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

February 2019 Appalachian Motorcycle Tour (Little Switzerland) Roadrunner

January 2019 A Mountain New Year’s (Classic Chicago Magazine)

January 2019 This is the Noli Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

“Its tributaries, including the North Toe and Cane rivers, drain the slopes of two of the highest points in the East, Mount Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Near Huntdale, N.C., these tributaries join to form the Nolichucky, which flows west into the gorge— a deep gash in the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the North Carolina-Tennessee border that could only have been created in an area with unique geology, said Philip Prince, a geologist with the state of Virginia and an avid paddler.”

January 2019 5 Charming US Towns You’ve Never Heard Of (Little Switzerland) (The Discoverer Blog)

January 2019 Roan Mountain’s Ghost Choir (UNC-TV)

January 2019 A Mountain New Year’s (Classic Chicago Magazine, author Elizabeth Dunlop Richter)

January 2019 6 Great Hiking Trails in North Carolina (VisitNC)

January 2019 Your Carolina Winter Adventure Bucket List  Roots Rated

November 2018 Highlands of Roan conservation to forever protect mountain (Asheville Citizen-Times)

October 2018 The Apple Butter Festival in NC where you’ll have loads of delicious fun

October 2018 Dog Friendly Hikes: North Carolina ( Kurgo Dog Products blog)

October 2018 10 Must-Visit Places to Visit in North Carolina for Fall Colors/Little Switzerland (WSOC TV)

September 2018 16 Best North Carolina Fall Hiking Trails (Republic Wireless)

August 2018 Annual Gem Festival draws crowds to Spruce Pine

August 2018 A Journey Along the High Country Loop Big Agnes

August 2018 Save Your Summer! Backpacking (Great Outdoor Provision Co)

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!

August 2018 Neighborhood Eats: Switzerland Café and General Store (WLOS)

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 The Best Places to Take Ceramics Classes across the US (Artsy)

June 2018 Trip Report: Roan Mountain Balds (Wild South)

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 10 Best Summer Vacations for Dogs  Kurgo

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

June 2018 Rhododendron Rhapsody on Roan Mountain (Boston Globe)

June 2018 Top Ten Reasons to Hike Roan Mountain (GeezGwen Blog)

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

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

May 2018 Hiking guide: How to tackle one of the Appalachian Trail’s most gorgeous stretches—and maybe find some ‘magic’ (Charlotte Five)

May 2018 How to Access the Appalachian Trail from Charlotte (Ortho Carolina)

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

April 2018 Hot Springs to Roan Mountain (The Trek blog)

April 2018 The 20 Best Hikes in the United States (Roots Rated)

March 2018 5 Must Do Hikes in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains (Outdoor

March 2018 10 mighty mountains that (almost) anyone can summit (

March 2018 Good Places to Hike on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina (USA Today)

March 2018 Country’s top fly fishers to complete in Casting for Hope in WNC (Asheville Citizen Times)

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)

January 2018 Mayland Community College Proud to House Bare Dark Sky Observatory With World-Famous Telescope (High Country Press)

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)