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Some National Forest Roads, Areas Remain Closed-Brevard NC

The U.S. Forest Service has reopened most recreation areas and roads on the National Forests in North Carolina. Damage assessments are ongoing following Hurricane Irma. Some areas and roads were impacted heavily and will remain temporarily closed...

 

Sections Of Blue Ridge Parkway Remain Closed-Brevard NC

For today, the following sections of Blue Ridge Parkway remain closed due to ongoing cleanup efforts related to. Closures still in effect as of noon include: Milepost 269 - 276 Milepost 317 - 324 Milepost 355 - 382, including access to the Craggy...

 

Sections Of Parkway Reopen-Brevard NC

Today, many sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway previously closed for downed trees have reopened. Work continues in the following sections with these updates, including estimated opening times, from north to south include: Milepost 331 – 355, from...

 

Pisgah Monster Cross - Pisgah Forest, NC

Local cyclist Matt Champion took first place at this weekend's Pisgah Monster Cross challenge, an 80-mile loop through Pisgah National Forest. Local cyclists Matthew Busche took third place and Reid...

 

Gary Sizer To Discuss Adventures On The AT - Brevard, NC

The 2017 Bag Lunch Arts Series continues in September with “The Trail is Full of Surprises: An Appalachian Trail Adventure” presented by author and hiker Gary Sizer. The program begins at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Rogow Room at the Transy...

 

Spruce Being Restored In The Southern Appalachians

Thousands of red spruce trees sit in containers near Lake Toxaway. Nurtured from seed, they're awaiting out-planting, carrying with them biologists' hopes of restoring red spruce in the Southern...

 

French Broad Dinner Cruise Enjoyed By All

Free Rein Center board members recently served eight lucky winners appetizers, wine and a delicious dinner on the deck at The Duckpond Pottery after the group enjoyed an hour long "cruise" on the Fren...

 

Lady Slipper Speaker Series Returns To Brevard College

The Lady Slipper Speaker Series presented by Conserving Carolina, formerly Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy, returns to Brevard College starting Wednesday, Sept. 20....

 

Weekend Of REEBellion At REEB Ranch Sept. 23-24

REEBellion at the Ranch 2017 is going down at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch on Sept. 23 and 24 this year with three bike competitions and barn parties with live music, food and beer. Attendees can get...

 

Scenes from the Collegiate Southeast Conference

The Collegiate cycling season kicked off at the REEB Ranch this past weekend. Brevard College hosted the Southeast Conference with Dual Slalom, Short Track, Cross Country and Super D...

 

Weekly Trail Report For Sept. 4, 2017

Weekly Trail Report For Sept. 4, 2017 - sponsored by Sycamore Cycles. •Some trees down from high winds on Friday. • Flat Laurel Creek trail has been trimmed from Little Sam to Big Sam parking lot. •Tree down on Pilot Cove trail at the bottom....

 

Betty And Robert Balentine Honored As Preservation Heroes At Local Arboretum

Library of American Landscape History, a nonprofit publisher based in Amherst, Mass., announces the recipients of the 2017 Preservation Hero Award, Betty and Robert Balentine of Atlanta. The award...

 

The Ruff Study – Still Used In Deer Management

On July 15, 1937 Fredrick J. Ruff submitted his original copy of "The Whitetail Deer of the Pisgah National Game Preserve," thus completing one of the first studies on whitetail deer in the country....

 

Dove Season Opens Sept. 2

As dove hunting season opens Sept. 2, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters to always practice safety and follow state and federal laws while in the field. The 2017-18 season for mourning and white-winged dove is separated into two...

 

Wildfire Ecology Devastation And Recovery

For years a heated debate has been held about forest fires and the impact they have on humans and the environment. The arguments in either direction are myriad, complex and not without bias. Hardline...

 

New State Law Opens Up Sunday Hunting Opportunities

A new law, “Outdoor Heritage Enhanced,” will increase opportunities to hunt wild animals and upland game birds on private lands. The law also gives authority to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and other public landowners to implement new...

 

May The Forest Be With You: Event At The Cradle Of Forestry

The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to a new event, “May the Forest Be with You” on Saturday, Aug. 12. This event celebrates all that is wood- its beauty, variety and products forests provide. A variety of wood workers will be on site...

 

This Week's Outdoor Destination: Log Hollow Falls

This week's Outdoor destination is Log Hollow Falls in Pisgah National Forest. Log Hollow Falls, a secluded 25 footer, is located near the Pink Beds, off forest road 475B. This is one of the easiest...

 

Pisgah Center Hosting Free Programs Through August

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is offering free outdoor-related workshops for people of all ages and skill levels in August. The workshops are open on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition to...

 

New State Law Enhances Opportunities To Hunt On Sundays

A new law, “Outdoor Heritage Enhanced,” will increase opportunities to hunt wild animals and upland game birds on private lands. The law also gives authority to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and other public landowners to implement new...

 

Cradle of Forestry To Celebrate Smokey Bear's Birthday

The Cradle of Forestry invites guests of all ages to Smokey Bear's Birthday Party on Saturday, August 5, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., followed by a live animal program from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Smokey Bear...

 

Pisgah National Game Preserve Turns 100

Pisgah National Forest stands first on many conservation achievements throughout its history. Many recognize the Pisgah today for being the first National Forest east of the Mississppi and the first...

 

Hello Dolly's

A highlight of any trip to Pisgah National Forest is a stop by Dolly's....

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    July 17, 2017

Outdoor Destination: The Thompson River

This week's Outdoor destination is two waterfalls, Big Falls and Rich Falls on the Thompson River. The Thompson River is located in the Jocassee Gorges area, and is about an hour drive from Brevard....

 

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