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A Child As Your Guide

My friend Ellen asked me recently, "Would you be able to do a presentation for people in my neighborhood about hiking with grandkids?" That started my wheels turning. I not only hiked a lot with my...

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

•1206, 475-B, 477, Wash Creek Rd., Courthouse Creek Rd. all closed in Pisgah •Blue Ridge Parkway is closed •Pisgah is a mess from the winter storm. Use caution in the forest. Hundreds of trees down across forest •Trees down on Butter Gap...

 

National Park Fee Money To Operate Parks During Shutdown

The Trump administration has announced that it will reopen areas of the National Park System closed due to the partial federal government shutdown using money collected from visitor fees. National...

 

First Day Hikes Break State Park Records

First Day Hikes offered at all of North Carolina's state parks on New Year's Day brought a record 3,859 people to join 57 guided hikes across the state. Mild, dry weather made the hikes more...

 

MountainTrue To Hold Annual Holiday Recycling Event - Brevard NC

MountainTrue is proud to host its annual Holiday Recycling Event at Jackson Park on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Area residents are invited to bring their Christmas trees, broken string...

 

Root Cause Award Winners Announced For Excellence In Forestry

The sixth annual Root Cause Awards, celebrating achievement in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry, were announced on Dec. 26. This year’s awards highlighted important issues that face our region’s forests and the great...

 

First Day Hikes Are Planned For Jan. 1 - Brevard NC

North Carolina’s New Year tradition of family adventure, exercise and reconnection with nature continues in 2019 with First Day Hikes throughout the state parks system on Jan. 1. More than 40 guided hikes are scheduled for New Year’s Day,...

 

WNC Wildlife Day Will Be Held At Headwaters Outfitters

The role Transylvania County and the Pisgah National Forest played in the beginning of modern day wildlife conservation, often referred to as the "North American model of wildlife conservation," is a...

 

Public Comment Period Concerning Clean Water Act Open

In its latest legal bout, the Trump administration is attempting to roll back regulations and change the language of the Clean Water Act by redefining "waters of the United States," which could have...

 

Snow Storm Causes DSRF Trail Closures Until Further Notice - Brevard NC

In response to heavy snow accumulation, all singletrack trails in DuPont State Recreational Forest will remain closed until further notice. Large amounts of snow created conditions that make many of the forest trails susceptible to damage from trail...

 

"GNAR" Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race Celebrates 8 Years -

The eighth annual Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race (GNAR) will be held on May 5, 2019, at Camp Ton-A-Wanda. It will offer kids ages 5 to 14 the opportunity to experience adventure racing. This race is me...

 

Elvis Legs And Other Lessons From Looking Glass - Brevard NC

There's this relationship I want to talk to you about. You know the kind. On one hand, you get a little giddy with excitement, and on the other it's that sweaty-palmed, "I think I'm going to throw...

 

Outdoor Destination: Dry Falls In Nantahala National Forest

This week's Outdoor Destination is Dry Falls, on the Cullasaja River near Highlands, a 75' foot handicap accessible waterfall that can be walked behind. The falls are located right off of U.S. 64...

 

Resolution: Gets The Ball Rolling For The Entire Family

What drops faster than a Ball in Times Square? Personal records of course! Runners from all across western North Carolina and visitors from our region are preparing to let it rip along the streets of downtown Asheville as they participate in the...

 

Outdoor Destination Hike: Sunburst Falls

This week's outdoor destination is Sunburst Falls, located right off N.C. 215. Sunburst Falls is found on the west fork of the Pigeon River and is named after the logging town that used to be...

 

Mountainfilm To Benefit Students Across Western North Carolina - Asheville NC

Muddy Sneakers is thrilled to host Mountainfilm on Tour in Asheville for the second year on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at Highland Brewing Co. The event promises a fantastic night of community and...

 

Swank 65 Mountain Bike Race 20 Years Strong And Riding

The Swank 65 mountain bike race has drawn riders to Pisgah National Forest for 20 years. The annual race has often marked the end of the race season for many athletes, and has been a great way to see...

 

Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input On Draft Species Conservation Plans - Brevard NC

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public input on five draft Species Conservation Plans until Nov. 26. The plans will guide agency efforts to maintain and increase populations of several species that are declining in North Carolina...

 

Fire Officials: Brace For A Smoky Winter

Transylvania County residents, get ready for a potentially smoky winter as much of the Blue Ridge Escarpment is slated for controlled burns between now and the spring. Both Gorges State Park and...

 

Commission Seeks Public Input, Help Save The Bog Turtle

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public input on five draft Species Conservation Plans until Nov. 26, including the mountain bog turtle, which can be found in Transylvania County. The plans will guide agency efforts to maintain and...

 

Forest Service Offers $8 Million In Grants

The U.S.D.A. Forest Service invites grant applications for projects that expand wood product and wood energy markets, reduce wildfire risk and improve forest health. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2019. In 2019 the program will...

 

Gravel Gambler Kicks Up Dust For Local Cycling Scene

Local cyclists geared up for the Gravel Gambler cross ride this weekend, hoping for some fall color. Their route started at Sycamore Cycles and took them in a loop through DuPont State Recreational...

 

Cross Is Coming – Season Opener For Local Athlete

If cycling were easy, they would call it by a different name. GO Cross in Roanoke, Va., was the cyclocross season opener this year. Cyclocross is a sport that traditionally takes place during the...

 

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 November. Online registration is required for the workshops,...

 

Join Conserving Carolina For A Members' Hike On Youngs Mountain

Join Conserving Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 20, on a Members' Hike on Youngs Mountain. Located in Rutherford County near Lake Lure, Youngs Mountain is a cradle of biodiversity in the Blue Ridge...

 

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