Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Off the Beaten Path

Posted March 8, 2011

Someone recently called me asking about a book that I helped write several years ago. It’s called Off The Beaten Path. It features the wonderful photography of former WRAL videographer Bob Sadler and a series of essays and poems.

Bob has spent years and years finding beautiful places that a lot of people don’t know about. That’s what I’d like to talk about today.

What beautiful place “off the beaten path” recharges you when you’re spent? Feel free to give directions to your magical place. Even if you want to keep it a secret please describe your place and what makes it special.


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  • efsmiths Mar 8, 2011

    Hammocks Beach State Park

  • Riverracer8 Mar 8, 2011

    If I put it on here, it won't be off the beaten path any more.....

  • robster Mar 8, 2011

    Any of the town streets at Sunset Beach in April; the weather is perfect here for walking, jogging, riding bikes, and the beach shore is quite peaceful...highly recommend it:)

  • Red Bird Mar 8, 2011

    For a good workout, with a peaceful and beautiful reward at the end, hike to the waterfall behind The Church of the Holy Cross in Valle Crucis.

  • canesfan82 Mar 8, 2011

    Cataloochee Valley in the Smoky Mountains.

  • 2thebeach Mar 8, 2011

    Eno River Ford.

  • green_eyes Mar 8, 2011

    One of my favorite places is the quiet secluded beach at Cedar Island. You have the beach practically to yourself on any given day. A wonderful, relaxing place to just unwind and relax.

  • blytle Mar 8, 2011

    One of my favorite off the beaten path places is the park area at the National Seashore center in Harkers Island. It is so peaceful there. I haven't been in a long time, but I love to go there with a good book or a writing project and spend the day relaxing and getting away from it all. Just go to Harkers Island and stay on the main road until you can go no further. You're there!

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