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Overmountain Shelter Closed Because It's No Longer Safe

In order to protect public safety, the Appalachian Ranger District has closed the Overmountain Shelter, which is located in Avery County near the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and Overmountain Victory...

 

Grandfather Mountain To Host 'Creatures Of The Night And Bonfire Delight' September 21

Visitors are familiar with Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals, including black bears, bald eagles, cougars, river otters and elk. But what do they do after dark? Guests can find out Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grandfather Mountain’s annual...

 

Locals Attend Snowshoe Mountain Bike World Cup

Thousands of fans descended upon Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia this past weekend to watch the year's final installment of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and to watch the...

 

September Is Monarch Month At The North Carolina Arboretum

Every fall, as the air turns cooler and the leaves begin to look like they are ready for a change, the sky is dotted with monarch butterflies. For as long as anyone can remember, they have been...

 

Nantahala River In The Nantahala Gorge Has Reopened To The Public

The Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge has reopened to the public for all uses. A technical team assessed the river for potential hazards from the recent landslides Tuesday, and did not find any areas of concern. The team included U.S. Forest...

 

Destination Hike – Cedar Rock in DuPont Forest

Cedar Rock in DuPont State Recreational Forest is one of my favorite hiking/biking trails in the region, and I enjoy both modes of transportation for different reasons. (Horses are also allowed on DuP...

 

Rare Fireflies Discovered On Grandfather Mountain

The discovery of a special type of firefly on Grandfather Mountain has experts aglow with excitement. The nonprofit nature park in Linville is officially home to Photinus carolinus, the only species...

 

Carson To Discuss Rare Beauty Of Mountain Bogs

Deep in our forests, cloaked in tangles of rhododendron and soaked by underground springs, lie some of our most amazing wetland ecosystems: mountain bogs. Ecologist Owen Carson will discuss these one-...

 
 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors    August 26, 2019

Protect Trees And They Will Return The Favor – Transylvania County, NC

The forests of southern Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the world's great restoration stories. In the 1880s over 80 percent of our region was forested, but by the 1940s that number shrank to just 50...

 

Forest Service's Buck Project Will Be One Of Largest Proposed Timber Sales In Nantahala National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has completed an environmental analysis for the Buck Project on the Nantahala National Forest’s Tusquitee Ranger District in eastern Clay County. Once implemented, the project will provide important young forest habitat for...

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors    August 19, 2019

Destination Waterfall – East Fork Falls – Transylvania County, NC

East Fork Falls is a 15-foot waterfall located in the newly designated Headwaters State Forest in Transylvania County near the South Carolina State line, and is the perfect spot to savor the last few...

 

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled For Aug. 22 To Discuss Recent Pisgah Trail Work

Pisgah Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the REI in Biltmore Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss recent trail work in Pisgah National Forest. Pisgah Area S.O.R.B.A. is now...

 

Sierra Club Welcomes Solar Project Manager

The Pisgah Group of the Sierra Club welcomes Bill Jennings, project manager of the Presbyterian Church solar installation, to speak Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m. In April 2019 the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church took a major step toward...

 

N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund Closes Out 2018 With Over $27 Million In Awards

The state’s Land and Water Fund (formerly known as the Clean Water Management Trust Fund) will help conserve lands and protect waterways serving millions of North Carolinians through over $27 million in grants awarded in the 2018 grant year to...

 

Free Workshops Held At Pisgah Center For Wildlife Education

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 throughout the month of September. Online registration is required for the workshops,...

 

Canoe Relay Is Still Having Ripple Effects

Creative fundraising is nothing new in Transylvania County. Many local bingo games, bake sales and yard sales address many community and individual needs. Larger-scale events, such as the Mountain...

 

Graveyard Fields Movie To Premiere At Cradle

To educate and advocate for Graveyard Fields, The Pisgah Conservancy has partnered with Bonesteel Films to produce a 16-minute documentary about the history, beauty and challenges facing the area.  The premiere of the film “Graveyard Fields ...

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

•Tree down on Upper Black Mountain Trail •Tree down on Lower Black Mountain Trail •Tree down on Laurel Mountain Trail •Tree down on Squirrel Gap Trail between Weed Knob and Laurel Gap •Tree down on Laurel Mountain Trail two miles from...

 

Two Area Rivers Fail To Meet EPA Standards For Swimming

Each Thursday afternoon throughout the spring, summer and fall, the Green Riverkeeper releases new, up-to-date bacteria monitoring results for six monitoring sites at public access points within the Green River Basin. Results are posted to the Swim...

 

Officials Seek Input On Pisgah Twelve Mile Project

The Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District, is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for the Twelve Mile Project, a land management and timber sale project taking pace on...

 

Hikers Invited To Tackle Mountains-To-Sea Trail – Transylvania County, NC

Friends of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail is inviting hikers of all skill levels to help celebrate the trail’s 42nd birthday Sept. 6-8 by joining one of 33 group hikes in 27 trail towns across the st...

 

Paddling Pisgah: Exploring South Mills by Kayak – Pisgah National Forest

When most folks think of outdoor recreation in Transylvania County, they're often quick to picture hiking, cycling, fishing, riding horses and even rock climbing or tubing. The French Broad River is...

 

Free Workshops Offered At Pisgah Center For Wildlife Education

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 throughout the month of August. Online registration is required for the workshops,...

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors    July 22, 2019

Visit South Carolina's Highest Peak – Headwaters State Forest

As of Earth Day 2019, visitors can enjoy South Carolina's highest peak, Sassafras Mountain, from a newly constructed observation tower that straddles the North Carolina South Carolina state line. For...

 

Pisgah View Becomes State's Latest Park

Gov. Roy Cooper signed bills into law this month authorizing a new state park and three new state trails. The new laws allow the addition of Pisgah View State Park in Buncombe and Haywood counties; Northern Peaks State Trail in Watauga and Ashe...

 

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