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What Hiking Trails are Near Me?

We have all been out exploring or driving around and wondered the same questions: What hiking trails are near me? What waterfalls are close by? What are some interesting things to do that are near by? These are completely reasonable questions since your smartphone knows everything about you including your exact location at any moment. Yet these questions are surprisingly difficult to answer through traditional search queries. Most of the websites that come up are too general and the online maps, like Google Maps, are often incomplete or return inaccurate information. They are getting better but are not always providing relevant or interesting results. So where can you get this information? HD Carolina can help.

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The 2018 Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Inductees

The Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro North Carolina has announced this years inductees to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. As with previous years, all of the inductees will be honored and officially put into the Hall of Fame during a live ceremony and show on June 9th, 2018. If you like traditional mountain music and culture from the Blue Ridge region, you should really consider attending this event. It is well produced and will feature live performances from either the inductees themselves, their families, or the house band which is comprised of some amazing pickers. The music is always outstanding and the evening will end with everyone up on the stage for a final jam (which is ALWAYS good!). So, who are the inductees for this year?
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Carolinian Cuisine – Part 1

Welcome to part 1 of an open-ended series of articles that will be dedicated to the numerous cuisines which are either Southern staples or unique varieties specific to the Carolinas. Whatever the case, no visit to the Carolinas would be complete without experiencing at least some of these treats. If you are planning a vacation to either North or South Carolina in the future, be sure to find a way to incorporate these culinary pleasures into your plans. You won’t be sorry!
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Our Favorite Locations from 2017

With 2017 “in the books” and 2018 well underway, we thought it would be fun to look back at the videos we published in 2017 and pick our top five based on the overall experience we had at each location. This list is not to discount or minimize any of the other locations, but merely to highlight some of our favorites.  Choosing what would make the cut was almost as impossible as picking your favorite child; however, when you visit a location there are many factors that can either enhance or degrade the experience, which made our task slightly easier. It could be the weather, how crowded it is, or even just how we feel on a particular day that turns an adventure into a memory. Regardless of the reason, there are things that just made the experience better on that day, everything lined up and we enjoyed the perfect hike. That being said, here is our top five in no particular order.
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Winter on the Blue Ridge Parkway

As winter sets in on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it may seem like there is nothing to see except road closures and dormant vegetation, but don’t let that steer you away.  As always, visitors should check the National Park Service’s website for the most updated information regarding road conditions. If the road is closed due to construction it will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians; however, if the road is closed due to weather it is usually still open to foot traffic.  What better way to see America’s Favorite Drive than by hiking on the parkway to easily reached destinations. Many people enjoy this time of year on the parkway as it lends to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in colder weather.  Check out a few of our favorite easily reached destinations below.
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