Duke Energy ordered to relocate all coal ash to lined landfills in NC Earlier this week, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that Duke Energy is required to drain all 31 of the company’s coal ash ponds across the state. For decades, ash from coal-fired power plants has been mixed with water and…

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Male camper and dog cook dinner at camp at sunset along the Art Loeb Trail in the Pisgah National Forest, NC.

Thru-hiking for months on end is out of reach for most of us. But a weekend backpacking trip? Most of us can carve that time into our schedules. Luckily, the Southern Appalachians are chock full of sub-100 mile trails that offer a thru-hiking experience in just a few days.

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Best Blue Ridge Swimming Holes

It just so happens that this year’s Summer Solstice falls on a Thursday, so we’re going to throw-it-back to some of our favorite articles on the best swimming holes in the Blue Ridge. Today, June 21, marks the first day of summer! While most of Appalachia felt like it never had a spring, we’re excited…

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In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, conservation, and preservation, we have compiled 12 of the best swimming holes in National Park units of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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Pick up your copy on a news stand today or read online to learn 11 of the best swimming holes in our Southeastern National Parks, the dwindling status of the endangered red wolf, the truth about wild fires, and much more!

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In this month’s BRO-TV episode, we head into the heart of St. Mary’s Wilderness to beat the heat. Check out our July feature for more swimming holes in the Blue Ridge!

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For 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridgeline of the Southern Appalachians, connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina with Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Along that stretch of two-lane blacktop are countless trails and backroads — some of which lead to ice-cold swimming holes.

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