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PARI To Give Guided Tour Of The Galaxy

Want to know where to look for planets, constellations and other night-sky features this summer? The public is invited to find out at PARI Friday, June 9. The evening's activities will include a tour...

 

Library To Present 'Waterfalls: Beauty And Danger' On June 1

The Transylvania County Library's new monthly program series, "Discover Natural Transylvania," gets underway on Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rogow Room. DuPont State Rec-reational Forest...

 

Cradle Of Forestry Offers Beaver And Butterfly Sessions - Brevard, NC

The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to a program, “Bogs, Bugs and Beavers,” on Saturday, May 27. The program begins in the Forest Discovery Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with an introduction about beavers’ adaptations to living in a...

 

Sliding Rock Opens Memorial Day Weekend, New Management

One of western North Carolina’s favorite destinations, Sliding Rock in the Pisgah National Forest, will be operated by the Cradle of Forestry Interpretative Association (CFAIA) for the 2017 season. Carlton Murrey, Executive Director of CFAIA said...

 

South East Regional Championship series

Wes and Hannah Dickson raced the South East Regional Championship series in Chattanooga this past weekend. Wes placed first in the 40-49 men and Hannah placed second in Pro/Cat 1 w...

 

Dylan Johnson wins the Pisgah 111

Local mountain biker Dylan Johnson took the top spot and set a new course record on Saturday in the Pisgah 111k, a 65-mile ride on some tough terrain....

 

Find Diversity In Local Wetlands – But Tread Lightly

Swamp, marsh, quagmire – whatever you want to call them, wetlands seem to always get a bad rap. They're blamed for being bug factories, said to be snake-infested, and damned if you can't build a...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    May 18, 2017

Playprints - Brevard, NC

Hugh MacMillan has been busy this week painting different murals on the bike path through town. This hopscotch painting on the section by the middle school is meant to be fun way to attract kids to...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    May 15, 2017

Pisgah Pride Day Draws 300 Volunteers - Brevard, NC

About 300 people volunteered for this spring's Pisgah Pride Day. Projects like trail maintenance on Black Balsam, invasive species removal along forest service road 475 B, and cleaning up trash in...

 
 By Wes Dickson    Outdoors    May 15, 2017

Let's Keep The Single In Singletrack - Brevard, NC

We are seeing more folks out in our local forests this time of year. We get asked all the time how mountain bikers should interact with other trail user groups. Trail etiquette is one thing that we...

 

Cradle of Forestry Invites Nature Enthusiasts To Pink Beds Bioblitz

The Cradle of Forestry in America invites nature enthusiasts of all ages and knowledge levels to the first spring Pink Beds Bioblitz on Saturday, May 20. Join naturalists and scientists to discover...

 

Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race - Brevard, NC

Local mountain bikers Tristan Cowie and Matt Sweeney took the podium at the Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race recently. Both riders partnered with a teammate and rode to a series of checkpoints in...

 

Friends Of The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Will Host A Hike Sept. 9

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail announced today it is recruiting hundreds of North Carolinians to collaborate on Saturday, Sept. 9 to hike the entire 1,175 miles of the MST in one day. The MST...

 
 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors    May 8, 2017

It's Firefly Season: Enjoy Nature's Lightshow Responsibly - Brevard, NC

Do you ever feel like you have lost the enchantment you had for life when you were a child? Do you ever long for proof that you live in a benign and beautiful world where miracles are possible? If...

 

Outdoor Calendar

Tuesday May 9 Master Gardener Speaker Series. At the Community Services Building. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Tuesday Night Worlds. Etowah Road Ride. Meet at Etowah Ingles at 5:45 p.m. Ladies Climb Night. At Brevard Rock Gym. Wednesday May 10 Squatch Bikes...

 

Conservancy Groups To Consolidate

After a thoughtful and well-considered process, the board of directors and staff of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) in Henderson, Transylvania and parts of neighboring counties in North Carolina, and the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) in...

 

Highway Marker Recognizes NASA Tracking Station

At the height of space exploration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) operated a manned satellite tracking station in the Pisgah National Forest. A N.C. Highway Historical...

 
 By David Whitmire    Outdoors    May 1, 2017

Sweepers and Strainers - Oh My! - Brevard, NC

Last weekend's rain was no record breaker, no drought breaker and actually pretty average. Well, average compared to average years. Last year was not an average weather year. Last weekend's rain was...

 

PARI Program Explores Light And Perception - Rosman, NC

The public is invited to PARI Friday, May 12, for a fascinating presentation entitled "Light: It's All Astronomers Get, or What to Do When It's Raining Outside." The evening's activities will include...

 

Cradle Of Forestry To Present Garden Day On Saturday, May 6

The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to learn about the Cradle’s gardens on Saturday, May 6, and lend a hand preparing them for the growing season. While working alongside interpreters, visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions and...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    May 1, 2017

Looking Glass Tour - Brevard, NC

The Looking Glass Tour road race left the Oskar Blues Brewery Saturday morning and sent riders up and over the Blue Ridge Parkway in the 100-mile event....

 

Sierra Club Welcomes Robert Cabin

The Pisgah Group of the Sierra Club welcomes Robert Cabin, professor of ecology and environmental Studies at Brevard College on Thursday, April 27. People like to think that science is pure, powerful,...

 

This Week's Outdoor Destination: Secret Falls

This week's destination hike is Secret Falls in Nantahala National Forest. About an hour drive from Brevard, this remote yet beautiful waterfall is a bit off the beaten path, but is an easy hike the...

 

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Returns To Sierra Nevada Brewing

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Mills River location on May 4, 2017. Presented by MountainTrue and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and sponsored by Mountain Xpress and Holly Spring Farm. The Wild & Scenic Film...

 

Appalachian Trail Documentary

Last September, Red Bull athlete and ultrarunner Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer finally captured his white whale when on his third attempt in eight years; he set a new Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record with a time of 45 days 22 hours and 38...

 

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