Your Guide to North Carolina Nature, Entertainment & Culture


Summer time, and the livin' is easy. Better make sure to put some sunscreen on.

Our summer features focus on outdoor recreation and touring. No matter where you are, when the summer comes you want to go somewhere else. Or at least get out of the house. North Carolina offers some great places to go from the Mountains to the Sea.

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  • Coastal North Carolina -
    Our coverage focuses on the nature of the barrier islands and includes coastal and barrier island dynamics, significant natural areas of our coast, barrier island plants and wildflowers, and more. We hope that you'll come explore some of the wildest coastlines available in eastern America and get your soul tuned into the turning of the tides.

  • Summer Star Gazing -
    If you're going to be outside at night be sure to look up. This article gives insight into what to look for, as well as some of the stories associated with the night sky.

  • Elisha Mitchell and the Black Mountains
    It's kind of hard to tell how high a mountain is when you're standing on it. Elisha Mitchell felt like the mountain that today bears his name was the highest in the east and he went out of his way to prove it... so far out of his way that it cost him his life.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
    It's one of the greatest rides in America, in any season.

  • NCNatural's National Forests in North Carolina
    Our guide to the best areas for outdoor recreation in the National Forests- the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie and Croatan National Forests.

  • Linville Gorge
    Some of the most rugged outdoor adventures to be found are available in "The Grand Canyon of the East" - Linville Gorge.
  • NCNatural Selections
    The ultimate resource for books and reference materials for North Carolina.

  • North Carolina Weather -
    More than just the forcast. We've got links to maritime conditions, surf reports, river levels and a lot more.

  • Event Calendars -
    It's certainly not too early to start planning your next NC adventure. Here are the links to whats happening throughout the state.

  • Music and Festivals -
    Spring comes in with music in the air. Get the updates.

  • Travel Resources-
    We've got a lot of resources for helping you plan your next NC getaway, whether it's to the beach, the mountains or anywhere in-between.
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Misc. August Stuff
August around North Carolina
Last Quarter
New Moon
First Quarter
Full Moon

Perseid Meteor Shower - Aug. 11-12, 2004

August Gardening
You should be weeding and eating and canning.
Vegetable Planting Guide*
Beets 7/15-8/15
Broccoli 7/15-8/15
Cabbage (plants) 8/1-8/15 Cabbage, Chinese 8/1-8/15
Cauliflower 8/1-8/15 Collards 7/15-8/15
Cucumbers, pickling & slicing 8/1-8/15 Kale 8/15-9/1
Kohlrabi 8/1-9/1 Lettuce, leaf 8/1-9/1
Lettuce, head 8/15-8/31 Mustard 8/1-9/15
Radishes 8/15-9/15 Radishes, daikon 8/15-9/15
Rutabagas 7/1-8/1 Spinach 8/1-8/15
Squash, summer & winter 8/1-8/15
Turnips 8/1-8/31

*Dates shown are for the upper coastal plain and lower piedmont. In western North Carolina delay planting 10 to 20 days in spring. In eastern North Carolina plant 7 to 14 days earlier in the spring and 7 to 10 days later in the fall. (From NC Cooperative Extension Guidelines)


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