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 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

 

Where Do Bugs Actually Go In The Winter?

Millions of insects coexist with unassuming humans, daily. This group of diverse organisms is made up of irritating nuisances like mosquitoes, or beautiful pollinators like butterfl... — Updated 1/4/2021

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Former Superintendent Dies At 86

Former National Park Service Director Gary Everhardt passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, following a battle with COVID-19 and just days after his beloved wife, Nancy, died on... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 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

 

Moors' Gorges Photo Claims Grand Prize

Together with the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), Aspira® is proud to share the winners of the fourth annual America's State Parks 2020 Photo Contest. The... — Updated 12/28/2020

 

Waterfalls And Natural Wonders Part Of Visitor Experience At DuPont State Recreational Forest

DuPont State Recreational Forest is celebrating another milestone this year. The beloved and highly popular state forest opened around 2,500 acres of forestland, including the... — Updated 12/22/2020

 

Local Fruits Of Winter In Transylvania County

When most of us think of fruit trees or berries in western North Carolina, we usually think apple, pear, plum and other common warm season fruits. Rightly so because that is what... — Updated 12/22/2020

 
 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 Torry Nergart    Outdoors

Don't Despair Plant Lovers, Native Plants Offer Winter Interest

Winter can seem dreary at times. To the gardener, it seems like the only thing to do is chores and more chores. For any plant lover, the season may appear to be the least... — Updated 12/7/2020

 

Partnerships Bring More Mountain Bike Trails To Wilson Creek Area

On November 23, 2020, the Pisgah National Forest's Grandfather Ranger District approved the Mortimer Trails Project. Planned in coordination with local partners, this project will... — Updated 11/30/2020

 

Partnerships Bring More Mountain Bike Trails To Wilson Creek Area

On Nov. 23, 2020, the Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District approved the Mortimer Trails Project. Planned in coordination with local partners, this project will increase the sustainability of the trail system and... — Updated 11/25/2020

 

U.S. Forest Service Proposes Some Additional Access To Graveyard Fields

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced it is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on a project that includes a proposal for additional access to the Graveyard... — Updated 11/25/2020

 

Bow Hunting DuPont State Recreational Forest – Transylvania County, NC

Hunting in general has seen a decline in participation numbers over the last two decades as more people in America live in more urbanized areas. Many people have moved away from... — Updated 11/23/2020

 
 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

 

Free Workshops Offered at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education Through November

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education has reopened with limited programming and is offering free outdoor-related workshops for people of all ages and skill levels this week through the... — Updated 11/16/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

Closures •Roadside campsites on Avery Creek Road, Wash Creek Road, Hendersonville Reservoir, Yellow Gap Road and Lickstone/Sunburst are temporarily closed as of Nov. 9 •Courthouse Creek Road temporarily closed until Dec. 31... — Updated 11/9/2020

 

Map Focuses On Shining Rock & Middle Prong Wilderness Areas

Pisgah Map Company has been partnering with FIND Outdoors (formerly the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association – CFAIA) for the last year to create a new map for t... — Updated 11/9/2020

 

WNC Companies Raffle Bike To Support Pisgah Conservancy

For the fourth consecutive year, Cane Creek Cycling Components has brought together a group of cycling component manufacturers to build a very special bike with a noble purpose. The... — Updated 11/2/2020

 

Fighting The Trash Pandemic Locally Makes An Impact

We, as citizens of Transylvania County, should be immensely proud of how we have worked together to keep our county's COVID-19 numbers down this summer. A quick look shows an infect... — Updated 10/26/2020

 
 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

 

Henderson Paddles Horsepasture By Packraft

Within a county known as the "Land of Waterfalls," Gorges State Park might contain the highest concentration of cascades within any of our region's public land units. Transylvania... — Updated 10/12/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Cedar Rock Falls And Grogan Creek Falls

Fall hiking is upon us here in Transylvania County, and there is no shortage of trails for you to explore as the leaves begin to change. It's been an extremely rainy year thus far,... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Pisgah National Forest Updates, Funding Usage

The Transylvania Natural Resources Council met Sept. 11 and Pisgah Ranger Dave Casey gave the following updates for the Pisgah District of the national forest. •The newly passed legislation, The Great American Outdoors Act, may... — Updated 9/28/2020

 

Wildlife Commission Seeks Information on Hellbender Sightings

With fall fishing right around the corner, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public, particularly anglers, to report any sightings of hellbenders (water dogs) to... — Updated 9/28/2020

 

Fall 2020 Hunting Season Begins In Transylvania County

Every year, early September marks the beginning of the hunting season in North Carolina. Transylvania County has a mixture of both private and public land, where hunters can hunt... — Updated 9/21/2020

 

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