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May 2023: The Festival Guide

On the Cover: The Infamous Stringdusters perform at the Salvage Station in Asheville, N.C. Photo by David Simschock (


Field Notes

Now is the time to look for Blue Ghosts, unique fireflies found in certain parts of Southern Appalachia.

Field Report

A new North Carolina downhill bike park is gaining national buzz.

The Out and Back

An open letter to Strava.

The Goods

The best gear for long days and late nights at festivals. 

Trail Mix

New tunes from Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and Leftover Salmon.


Best of the Fests

Our annual festival guide features events filled with tunes, brews, and adventure.

Pitch a Tent

Spring is the time to camp at these scenic Southern spots. 

Comfy Camping Tips

Glamping might be too expensive, but a handful of adjustments can create a deluxe campsite setup.

Banjo Roots

Revered in the South, the instrument has a much deeper history worth exploring.

Wild Words

North Carolina-based writer Mildred Barya releases new poetry collection “The Animals of My Earth School.”

What Lies Beneath

Get below the surface on the Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail. 

Truck Honeymoon

For these newlyweds, camping in the back of a hand-me-down Chevy is the ultimate bonding experience. 

The 2023 Camping and Cabin Guide

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