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 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Hiker Pivots From AT To The Arizona Trail

After a series of national park closures last year due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Transylvania County native Jacob Myers shelved his long-awaited Appalachian Trail thru-hike once... — Updated 5/10/2021

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Local Attempts Mountain Challenge For Charity

It's midnight, February 5, and as freezing winter rains began rolling through the mountains the temps plummet into the low 20s. Where many had just gone to sleep, local hiker and... — Updated 2/8/2021

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

S.C. National Guard Members Unplug In the Blue Ridge Mountains

When my friend Daniel Warren first approached me about guiding him and a few friends down the Art Loeb Trail, I..., was admittedly apprehensive. "Come on. It'll be fun! Just a few o... — Updated 1/25/2021

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Lookout Tower Challenge Offers Great Winter Hiking

One of the fun parts of Winter is getting way up in the mountains and gazing down through all the leafless sections of forest that normally block views during the warm months. With... — Updated 1/11/2021

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Granite City In Nantahala National Forest

Tucked away along one of the many winding back roads in the Nantahala Forest District is an absolute gem among local hikers: The Granite City slot canyons. Granite City is a series... — Updated 12/28/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Prescribed Burn At Sam Knob To Benefit Wildlife Habitat

Visitors on the Blue Ridge Parkway may have noticed a wall of haze and smoke in the Black Balsam area towards the end of November. This is not to raise concern, however. The fire... — Updated 12/14/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Brevard College WLEE Graduate Competes In World-Class Race

Bryce Kinsey is a Brevard College graduate and lifelong whitewater kayaker who recently added one of the world's most popular whitewater racing events to his competitive resume:... — Updated 11/16/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Bartram Trail Offers Scenic Views, Plant Life Minus The Crowds

The coming of fall has brought a breath of fresh air into the Appalachians. Amidst the madness that has been the year 2020, the leaves have quickly transformed into those vivid... — Updated 10/19/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

South Beyond 6,000 Challenge Perfect For Fall Hiking

As the temperatures begin to cool in the coming months, we start entering that annual period of hiking where the trails are littered with leaves of all colors, and the naked trees a... — Updated 9/7/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Restoration Project Improves Brook Trout Habitat

Amidst a stream restoration project geared toward improving the efficiency of the Cathey's Creek water treatment facility came a gift for one of the local native species. The city... — Updated 8/10/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Park Service, Duke Energy Repair Auger Hole Landslide

The Auger Hole is a popular backcountry location for Jeep clubs, day-hikers, and weekend campers alike, but after the landslide that occurred last April wherein a section of the... — Updated 6/29/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Transitioning From AT Thru-Hike To Quarantine

(Editor's note: Myers planned to publish stories from the Appalachian Trail in The Transylvania Times during his northbound thru-hike this Spring, but now he is self-isolating in hi... — Updated 5/4/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Calls Off Journey

A little over 200 miles into my journey down the Appalachian Trail, after frigid single-digit nights in the elements, cruel winds, lots of rain and possibly the best company I have... — Updated 3/30/2020

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Caesars Head to Sassafras Mountain

Caesars Head to the summit of Sassafras Mountain via the Caesars Head Spur Trail is a 14-mile hike with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain but is well worth it for the spectacular... — Updated 12/30/2019


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