I am partial to Kenda Nevegals.
For this area in NC, we have lots of roots, rocks and sand, the Nevegals are amazing for it.
I had the Bontrager experts stock on my bike, they were ok, but didn't like the sand much, and had very little traction on the side, so during fast wide turns, I often laid the bike down.
But, with the Nevegals, its like they have hundreds of little hands that reach out and grab the trail for me. they are great.