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 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 Rachel Hess    Outdoors

Discovering Native Butterfly Species

We visited Milkweed Meadows Farm in Fruitland, N.C., to observe all of the beautiful butterflies native to the region. Milkweed Meadows is owned and operated by Kim Bailey, an... — Updated 8/3/2020

 

Cradle To Grave Race Becomes 'Virtual' For September 2020

FIND Outdoors, one of Brevard’s longest-operating local nonprofits, will hold its eighth annual Cradle to Grave 30k & 10k trail races virtually from Sept. 5-12, 2020 to adhere to guidelines concerning COVID-19 and ensure the... — Updated 7/27/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

­­­Please contact outdoors@transylvaniatimes.com for trail/downed tree reports. Closures •The visitor center, picnic shelters and public restrooms area closed in DuPont State Forest. Portable toilets are available. •All... — Updated 7/27/2020

 

Conservation Groups Work With Agencies To Improve Key Sections Of The Davidson River

Two chapters of the national conservation organization Trout Unlimited (TU) have partnered with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to improve a section of the... — Updated 7/27/2020

 

Establishing Roots Part II – Update On Quarantine Garden

In April, I wrote a short story about how the early stages of coronavirus and the associated quarantine brought about more time at home than I am accustomed to. Evenings typically... — Updated 7/27/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

Closures •Pisgah Ranger District Visitor Center, Half of Black Mountain Trailhead, Butter Gap Trail Shelter, Buckhorn Gap Trail Shelter and Avery Creek Road designated campsites are all closed as of July 20. •The visitor... — Updated 7/20/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Avery Creek Falls In Pisgah

A trip to Avery Creek Falls can be hiked as a roughly 1-mile out and back hike, or extended into a loop trail for a longer Pisgah adventure. I recently explored these falls for the... — Updated 7/20/2020

 

National Forest Visitors Have New Way To Pay Day Use Fees

Visitors to Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will have a convenient new way to pay day use fees at several recreation sites starting this summer. A new online platform allows visitors to pay day use fees using their personal... — Updated 7/14/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

Closures •Pisgah Ranger District Visitor Center, Half of Black Mountain Trailhead, Butter Gap Trail Shelter, Buckhorn Gap Trail Shelter and Avery Creek Road designated campsites are all closed as of July 13. •The visitor center... — Updated 7/13/2020

 

Forest Service, CDC Provide Safe Camping Guidelines

Whether you're roughing it in a tent or planning a family picnic, there are many ways to make sure that your experience is fun and safe. Consider the following basic tips: Be... — Updated 7/13/2020

 

Weeks Act Helped Create National Forests In North Carolina

One of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever enacted by Congress was the passage of the Weeks Act on March 1, 1911. Named for its chief sponsor, Congressman... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

Highlands Biological Station Begins Bird Banding Project

In conjunction with an international effort, the Highlands Biological Station has initiated a bird banding project in the high-elevation mountain community. At Western Carolina... — Updated 7/6/2020

 

Trail Report Sponsored By Sycamore Cycles

Closures •Pisgah Ranger District Visitor Center, Half of Black Mountain Trailhead, Butter Gap Trail Shelter, Buckhorn Gap Trail Shelter and Avery Creek Road designated campsites are all closed as of June 29. •The visitor... — Updated 6/29/2020

 
 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

 

Fundraiser Sets Picnic Tables For Summer Event

During July, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is celebrating National Picnic Month with a new twist on a great summer tradition, with the Picnic for the Parkway event. Fans of the... — Updated 6/29/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Outdoors Experts Hold Webinar On Pisgah/Nantahala Forest Plan-Brevard NC

The commenting period for the draft Pisgah/Nantahala Forest Plan revision ends on June 29, and local nonprofit MountainTrue held a webinar with recreation experts last Tuesday to discuss the draft plan’s implications on one of... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Forest Service Issues Warning About Black Bears In Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National Forest warns visitors to North Mills River, Bent Creek Experimental Forest, and Black Balsam and surrounding areas on the Pisgah Ranger District to be on the look ou... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Trail Report - Sponsored By Sycamore Cycles

Weekly Trail Report ­­­­Closures •The visitor center, picnic shelters and public restrooms area closed in DuPont State Forest. •Lickstone Road (FSR 97), Courthouse Creek Road (140), Pilot Mountain Road (229), Powhatan... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Additional Campgrounds And Recreation Areas Open In Pisgah

Pisgah National Forest has opened additional campgrounds and recreation areas. On the Appalachian Ranger District, Roan Mountain and the following sites operated by FIND Outdoors have opened: Black Mountain Campground, Briar Bottom... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

The French Broad - A Source Of Endless Adventures

Transylvania County is no stranger to outdoor adventure recreation. Amongst Pisgah's high peaks, hidden rivulets within Headwaters State Forest, waterfalls of Gorges State Park,... — Updated 6/22/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Flame Azalea And Mountain Laurel

An otherwise ordinary walk in the woods can turn magical when one keeps an eye out for beauty. Throughout the summer, shrubs and wildflowers provide a changing landscape of blooms... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Parkway Increases Access To Recreational Areas

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing recreational access at many park picnic areas and... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Parkway Study Finds 14.9 Million Visitors Spent $1.1 Billion-Brevard NC

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 14.9 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2019 spent $1.1 billion in communities near the park. That spending supported 16,341 jobs in the local area and had a... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Transylvania County Trail Report - Sponsored by Sycamore Cycles

Closures •All designated roadside campsites in Pisgah are still closed as of June 15. The exception is camping within managed campgrounds. Backcountry camping is allowed. •Looking Glass Falls, Coon Tree picnic area, the Cradle... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

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