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The Secret History of the Green

When John Kennedy and Tom Visnius launched on North Carolina’s Narrows of the Green in the autumn of 1988, they knew very little about...

Earning Her Place

Bunny Johns became a paddler mostly by accident. As a college freshman in the early 1960s, she’d lined up a summer job in her hometown...

Friends, family remember Bryson City Olympian

Adam Clawson of Bryson City spent some of his best days on the water. At 8 years old, he tied a rope around the...
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The Wild President

A tandem canoe. A peanut farmer. And the run that saved a river. President Jimmy Carter grew up in awe of nature's wonder. But it...

The man who found flow in the rapids

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States, lies within 500,000 acres of dense forest spread across the...

Tommy Yon runs Bald River Falls

After hearing about his amazing decent over the falls I was able to chat with Tommy at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina.Rick...

Slim Ray, father of whitewater rescue

Dedicated to preventing future disasters on the river, he and fellow NOC guide Les Bechdel worked together and came up with a range of...

River Goddesses of WNC, Bunny Johns

“Paddling takes me to wonderful places, beautiful places. It demands that I be totally there. It’s a most fascinating thing for an active mind....

Leading Lady: Bunny Johns

From instructor, to competitor, to community leader, Elizabeth “Bunny” Johns is something of the grande dame of paddling in WNC. Originally from Atlanta, she...

A River Runs Through It

In the autumn of 1971, Horace Holden '55C bought the Tote 'n' Tarry Motel, a tiny roadside inn, cafe, and gas station on U.S....