Nicknamed the “Tar Heel State” because of its once prominent tar and turpentine production, North Carolina is a state of dramatic landscapes and stories.  To the west are the towering Blue Ridge Mountains, with stories of Appalachian creatures
 and the Cherokee heroes.  North Carolina’s Piedmont region is home to railroad ghost stories like The Maco Light.  Stories of North Carolina coastal life come from its much-visited Outer Banks and beaches.  Read and listen to stories from throughout North Carolina below.