The 20 Best Easy Hiking Trails to Waterfalls in Georgia

Minnehaha Falls, Georgia

In our eyes, one of the highlights of hiking in the North Georgia Mountains is finding yourself at the base of an eye-popping waterfall. Thankfully, there are an abundance of breathtaking Georgia waterfalls to explore, from the 729-foot Amicalola Falls (the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi) to the stunningly beautiful Minnehaha Falls. You might think that … Read more

The 8 Best Breweries in Roanoke VA, the Heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Best Roanoke Breweries - A Few Old Goats

The fact that a Blue Ridge mountain town the size of Roanoke VA (population 99,411) has enough breweries to create an “8 Best Breweries” list tells you a lot about the city’s personality. Roanoke has a vibrant downtown area with lots of great restaurants, museums, and market stalls, but beer is serious business here. There are … Read more

The 20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes for NC Day Trips

Beacon Heights Overlook

The Blue Ridge Parkway road trip is truly an American classic. It’s possible to traverse the entire 469-mile route on rubber alone, stopping at some of the 200+ overlooks for those famously breathtaking mountain views, without ever breaking a sweat. The list of the area’s natural attractions is so extensive, your Blue Ridge Parkway itinerary … Read more

The 10 Best Things to Do in Weaverville NC

Downtown Weaverville NC Town Hall

We started this website in large part because we wanted to explore the small towns of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the search for our future home. We’ve since visited dozens of towns all across North Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Virginia, and found some potentially great places to live in each state.  But … Read more

Fall in the Mountains of North Georgia (Where to See the Best Fall Colors)

Fall colors in Georgia at Brasstown Bald

[Updated September 9, 2021] The infamous heat of summer in the Deep South has finally started to wane, thankfully replaced by the cool, crisp air that signals autumn’s arrival. This is that magical time of year when more and more people are increasingly inclined to explore the great outdoors of the Georgia mountains. Fall in … Read more

30 Fun Facts About Georgia State History, Culture & More

Atlanta Georgia

You may have learned a little bit about the state of Georgia in school, or perhaps from your travels to the state.  Some of the more commonly known Georgia facts include that the state was one of the original 13 colonies, the  birthplace of former US President Jimmy Carter, and that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is … Read more

Tips for Tackling the McAfee Knob Hike Near Roanoke, Virginia

Appalachian Trail hiker on McAfee Knob at Sunrise

Located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, Roanoke VA boasts a winning blend of the attractions and activities you’d expect from a small city, surrounded by the immense natural beauty of the best mountain towns. The McAfee Knob trail is by far the most popular place for hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke. It … Read more

How to Get to Horse Trough Falls in Helen GA (Upper Chattahoochee River Campground)

Horsetrough Falls in the Mark Trail Wilderness Near Helen GA

[Updated September 12, 2021] It’s not difficult to understand why Horse Trough Falls is one of the least visited waterfalls in Helen GA once you decide to explore the area for yourself.  The Horse Trough Falls trailhead is located at the back of the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground, which is tucked about 5 miles off … Read more

Why the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace Matter Now More Than Ever

It’s an undeniable fact that getting outside and exploring nature is good for your mind, body, and soul. But is it good for the natural world? That depends. Have you ever stacked rocks in creeks or waterfalls? Do you intentionally veer off established hiking trails and into the wilderness? Do you pick wildflowers when you visit … Read more

The 15 Best Things to Do in Hendersonville NC

Main St in Downtown Hendersonville NC

[Updated September 3, 2021] For far too long, Hendersonville NC seemed like the Jan Brady to Asheville’s Marcia, never quite garnering all the accolades and attention it deserved.  But in recent years, Asheville’s immense popularity has proven to be a double-edged sword. Thanks to national media attention, Asheville’s population has grown by nearly 12% since … Read more