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FEATURES
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22 Denim King, Manor

Keeper: The Legacies of Moses
and Bertha Cone

Their manor house, now under
renovation, was built long before the
Blue Ridge Parkway, of which it is now a
part. BY MARLA HARDEE MILLING

26 Bill Stivers: Bear Guy
Gets Lucky, Stays in the
Smokies

While many National Park Service career
employees have to hop parks on their
way up, Stivers has gotten to stay
" home. "

40 Photo Essay: Up Close with

Mountain Creatures

Our contributing photographers have
been out watching wildlife.

46 RVing the Mountains:
12 Great Stops

Plus advice on how to get started if
you're ready and more. BY ANGELA MINOR

56 Post-COVID Comeback

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

in a Tiny Virginia Town

How a new resident fell in love with her
adopted hometown.
BY NAN K. CHASE

BY NANCY HENDERSON

28 Back to our National

Parks I: Shenandoah!

As we return to favorite outdoor places,
a look at the classics, the less-known and
more. BY ERIC J. WALLACE

32 Back to our National

Parks II:
Blue Ridge Parkway!

Wildlife biologist Tom Davis says there's
never been a better time to visit.
BY ERIC J. WALLACE

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Back to our National
Parks III: Great Smokies!
Checking in on the classic spots, the
lesser known and more. BY ANGELA MINOR

ON THE COVER

ON THIS PAGE

An elk investigates the (digitally manipulated) Lake
Junaluska Overlook sign on Heintooga Ridge Road, a spur
connecting the Blue Ridge Parkway with Great Smoky
Mountains National Park near Cherokee, North Carolina.
PHOTO BY ROBERT STEPHENS

A Great Egret waits patiently for a meal to swim by
in shallow water along the banks of Cherokee Lake in
Mooresburg, Tennessee.
PHOTO BY JOSHUA MOORE

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