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CONTENTS

F E AT U R E S

28 Rx Hiking: The Research Proves It's Good Medicine

Pick a body part-lungs, heart, brain, muscles-and the best "pill" you can
take is a solid walk in the woods. SU CLAUSON-WICKER

DEPARTMENTS
	6	Letters/ Contributors
	8	 From the Editor
	10	 Mill Creek Stories
	12 	 Creature Feature
	14	 The Good Walk
16 	 Our Blue Ridge Towns
18	 Festivals & Events
	23 	 Country Roads
62	 Flavors
	64	 Singing in the Garden
	66	 Guest Column

32 The Breath-Taking Beauty of Fall: A Photo Essay
Our contributing photographers capture the magic of many people's
favorite season.

38 Cabins in the Woods: One Man's Dream Job

Don Harrison has found his niche along Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway.
SALLY MCQUINN

40 Love Fall? These People Are Nuts about It

Whether it's built around leaf color, pumpkins, trees, camping or even a
squeezebox, these people are deeply dedicated to autumn. BY JOE TENNIS

46 History Classic: Justice Marshall on the New in 1812
Why did Chief Justice Marshall batteau dangerous rivers, and why did
someone re-create the feat 200 years later? BY ERIC J. WALLACE

ON THE COVER
Warm sunlight on an October morning filters through the
clouds and settles on the valley below as a passing rain
storm breaks up over the iconic Looking Glass Rock. View
is from Milepost 416.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North
Carolina. PHOTO BY DAVE ALLEN

ON THIS PAGE
Brilliant golden sunlight bursts through a slot in the clouds
and into the valley below just before sunset, highlighting
the fall foliage and the vibrant red autumn colors of the
foreground leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway south of
the Caney Fork Overook (MP 428).
PHOTO BY DAVE ALLEN

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48 The Maple Brothers: Matt and Tim Nichols

The brothers have built on a family tradition to the point that they now
grow some 1,200 cultivars at their North Carolina property.
BY CHERYL RODEWIG

51 Falling in Love with a Forest

The combination of history, beauty, trails and more lured one writer to
write a book on North Carolina's DuPont State Forest. BY DANNY BERNSTEIN

53 Shenandoah Valley Quick Guide

Here's your guide to year-round fun amid the beauty of Virginia and West
Virginia. BY SU CLAUSON-WICKER



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