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 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


An Overview of Pisgah, Nantahala Forest Plan Draft

By David Whitmire In the Nantahala/Pisgah Forest Proposed Plan Revision, Transylvania County lies within two geographic areas (GAs) – the Pisgah Ledge and the Highland Domes. The proposed plan and draft environmental impact... — Updated 3/30/2020


Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

Closures •Trailhead facilities and other access points to the Appalachian Trail are closed to the public. •All public facilities in Pisgah National Forest are closed including picnic pavilions, shooting ranges and restrooms.... — Updated 3/30/2020

 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Daniel Ridge Loop & Toms Spring Falls

Spring officially begins this Thursday, and for many people that means it's time to dust off the hiking shoes and enjoy this recent pleasant weather from the trail. One excellent sp... — Updated 3/16/2020


Ecusta Brewing To Host Forest Plan Panel

Ecusta Brewing Company in Pisgah Forest will hold a Forest Plan Panel on Saturday, March 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a discussion and tutorial on how to write an effective comment for the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan... — Updated 3/9/2020


Wet Weather Makes For Good Boating in Headwaters State Forest

Joining a large swath of protected lands along Transylvania County’s southern boundary, Headwaters State Forest opened to the public in September 2018. Following nine years of... — Updated 3/9/2020


Wildlife Commission Adopts 44 Proposed Rules For 2020-21

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted at its business meeting on Thursday to adopt rules related to wildlife management, fisheries, game lands and law enforcement for the 2020-21 seasons. The Commission adopted all 44 propos... — Updated 3/9/2020


Blue Ridge Parkway Managers Report Nearly 15 Million Visitors – Transylvania County, NC

Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced last week that 14,976,085 visitors came to the Parkway in 2019. Despite extended weather-related closures in multiple sections of the Parkway in Virginia, recreation visits to the Parkway in... — Updated 3/9/2020


Local Hiker Sets Out To Be First To Complete International Through Hike

Editor's note: Jacob Myers is a frequent outdoor contributor to the Times, and this Saturday began his through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Myers will be using his hike to raise... — Updated 3/3/2020

 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors

Biologist Weighs In On Outdoor Policy News

Several months ago I wrote a piece about how the Forest Service and the Trump Administration were proposing dangerous changes to how the Forest Service interprets the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Well, on January 10,... — Updated 3/2/2020

 By Jayne Fought    Outdoors

Relentless Forward Progress - Local Guide Finds Community, Purpose Through Endurance Sports

There's been a recurring theme in my life lately. Over and over the same message has entered my psyche via different people and in different formats. It's a long distance runner's... — Updated 2/28/2020


New Map To Highlight Regional Wilderness Areas – Pisgah National Forest

Editor's note: The following has been updated to include a clarification at the end of the story. Pisgah Map Company is creating a new map for the Shining Rock and Middle Prong... — Updated 2/27/2020


NCWRC Seeks Nominees For Annual Small Game Awards

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for its Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose actions have significantly and positively impacted North... — Updated 2/26/2020


Trout Unlimited President to Speak at Local Event

Chris Wood, president & CEO of Trout Unlimited (TU), will be the keynote speaker at a late-February event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited,... — Updated 2/17/2020


North Fork Festival Celebrates Whitewater Paddling

Transylvania County is blessed with many iconic locations for a lot of different and diverse outdoor experiences. Within the paddling community itself, several creeks and rivers... — Updated 2/17/2020


Library To Show 'Jocassee: Jewel Of The Escarpment' On Feb. 20

The Transylvania County Library’s Discover Natural Transylvania series will show the film “Jocassee: Jewel of the Escarpment” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20. This is the rescheduled presentation for the postponed January... — Updated 2/12/2020


Registration Opens for Hiking Challenge

The community is invited to test themselves this spring in the Pisgah Challenge, a series of six free, guided hikes of increasing difficulty in Pisgah National Forest. Registration... — Updated 2/10/2020


Destination Hike: Whitewater Road Waterfalls

I believe one of the great treasures often missed when visiting the mountains are the vast number of hidden gems hiding from us just mere steps off the beaten path. Whitewater Road... — Updated 2/3/2020


Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

•All single-track trails in DuPont temporarily closed •Trees down and debris on Pilot Clove/ Slate Rock Trail •Black Mountain Trail in freeze/thaw cycle •North Slope Trail closed for tree removal at Davidson River... — Updated 1/27/2020


Outdoor Gear Builders To Host Festival Showcasing WNC Brands

Outdoor Gear Builders (OGB), a western North Carolina gear builders association is celebrating its seventh year in existence and will host its sixth annual Get in Gear Fest on... — Updated 1/27/2020


DuPont Single-Track Trails Remain Closed

As of Monday morning, all single-track trails in DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) are still closed. In response to predicted rain combined with freeze-thaw temperatures expected over the next several days, officials at DSRF... — Updated 1/27/2020


Zero Waste Group Hosts Presentations On Going Plant-Based – Brevard, NC

A local zero-waste collaborative, Moving to Conservers, has partnered with Wolfbrew Bottle Shop to bring an educational series on plant-based diets to the community in February and March. The two-month series is titled, “Plant-Ba... — Updated 1/27/2020

 By Rachel Hess    Outdoors

Conserving Carolina Gives Tips To Help At-Risk Bird Species

During the winter months, yard maintenance slows down. This serves as a great time to plan additions to your landscape, especially in favor of wildlife. If you're looking to... — Updated 1/21/2020


Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

•North Slope Trail closed for tree removal at Davidson River Campground •Tree down on Hilltop Trail in DuPont •Small tree down on Clawhammer Road midway up •Tree down on Fletcher Creek Trail •Trees down on Vineyard Gap... — Updated 1/20/2020


Sierra Club To Meet Thursday

The leadership of the Pisgah Group of the Sierra Club will present its vision for the future of the group at 7:30 p.m., Thursday. The meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the intersection of South Broad and... — Updated 1/20/2020


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