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The wilderness isn't a place to fear, it's the home we long to go back to.

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The wilds of the Appalachian Mountains are a great place to experience what nature truly has to offer. From hunting and fishing to just enjoying the view, there's always something to discover.

 
 

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Living and vacationing in the Appalachian Mountains is a unique experience. There is an abundance of history, culture, adventure, places to see, and many things to do.

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Call of the Owl

by Samantha Sopher

With its haunting call, nocturnal nature, and large, watchful eyes, it’s no wonder the owl is associated with death, magic, and knowledge in some cultures and beliefs. They range in size from small balls of fluff weighing barely a pound to large, powerful predators that on a rare occasion have attacked humans who got too close.

Dangerous Cats

Wild Cats of Appalachia

by Samantha Sopher

The phrase “wild cat” may bring to mind the mountain lion or puma with its tan fur and large claws. However, the Eastern mountain lion, also referred to as a puma or panther, has long been considered extinct after being excessively hunted in the early 1900s. According to BlueRidgeOutdoors.com, the last official sighting was in 1938, and now all that remains is a subspecies in Florida called the Florida panther.

The Dangers of Black Bears

The Black Bear Charge

by Samantha Sopher

Perhaps the largest predator in the Appalachian area is the black bear. The black bear has a blue-black coat with brown patches on its muzzle and small, rounded ears. The males average 300 to 400 pounds and seven feet in length, while the females are smaller at about 250 to 300 pounds and six feet in length.

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The Crossroad of Past and Present II

by Melissa Detto

"Wow!" Jenna ran her hands through her long, blonde hair. She blew out a breath of air and looked down at the churning water, which was tinged with purple hues from the sun’s climb down the sky.
 

“I feel nauseous.” Jenna turned her head, her eyes taking in the crowded balcony of the restaurant that overlooked the river below. She smiled at a girl who was begging her parents to take her tubing. A second later, her lips turned down when she thought about her aunt’s revelation only moments before, a revelation that had changed her life.