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Follow Civil War Diarist Mary Chesnut

Mary Chesnut would have been the most popular blogger of the Civil War had there been a Web in her world. Now, her astute observations have come to life on Twitter, blending 1865 with 2015.

Patrick Dougherty and His Giant Stick Sculptures

CBS News goes “deep in the North Carolina woods” to profile sculptor Patrick Dougherty and his amazing works, which are displayed at N.C. Museum of Art and N.C. Botanical Garden, among other places.

America's Coolest Small Towns Found in N.C.

Budget Travel magazine recently revealed its list of America's Coolest Small Towns for 2015, and two North Carolina towns placed in the top five: Hillsborough and Washington.

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North Carolina doesn’t do anything small. From the length of our pristine coastline to the height of our majestic mountains, North Carolina is filled with unique places to visit and totally unforgettable experiences.

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Embark on Mountain Hikes

More than 900 miles of hiking trails link you with adventures in the North Carolina mountains, offering memorable experiences and spectacular views.

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