Stories by K.C. Cronin

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K.C. has written about travel destinations from Hawaii to the Bahamas to Costa Rica and back home in Asheville.  Her career in public relations first brought her to Asheville in 2001, where she fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains along the endless hiking trails.

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Day Trip: Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover the Smokies by Trail, Train or Tube To walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians; living on this land for more than 14,000 years. Because of the great efforts of many, today the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) is protected forever. And today all of us can stand atop Clingman’s Dome and see the same

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Over the Blue Ridge to Cherokee Territory

Asheville’s Ancient Connections The Asheville of today features stunning Art Deco architecture, the sounds of drums in Asheville's Pritchard Park on a Friday night and the smells of international flavors as you pass by myriad of local restaurants. But stop and ponder this: the area traces its roots back to The Cherokee, a sacred and ancient civilization dating back 11,000

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Hiking Craggy Gardens

Blue Ridge Heaven Just Miles From Town Even after 14 years of living in Asheville, just a glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains casts a spell on me. It looks so far away but ahh…it is not. Just a short drive from downtown and I’ll be at Craggy Gardens (Craggy for short) and a soaring 5,892 foot elevation. This is the locals’ favorite spot to head for the hills and get in

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Asheville History: The Legendary E.W. Grove

A Man with a Vision for Asheville Edwin Wiley Grove (1850 – 1927) E.W. Grove not only shaped the city of Asheville, he set in motion his dream that Asheville would become the alluring destination it is today. But who was the man behind the legendary name? Tragedy Leads To Purpose During the nineteenth century malaria struck the South with a vengeance. There was no cure and it became one

Photogenic Hikes on the AT Story: Max Patch

The 5 Most Photogenic Hikes on the Appalachian Trail Near Asheville

Follow the White Blazes to These Picturesque Spots When you visit Asheville, you'll be within an hour drive of multiple trailheads for the storied Appalachian Trail (AT) -- a 2,200-mile stretch traversing the North Carolina mountains on its way from Georgia to Maine.  The white blaze of the AT marks entrances into hardwood forests, sweeping vistas and fields of spring wildflowers.