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Enjoying WNC's Bald Eagles Responsibly

With 32 new nests discovered over the past 16 years, bald eagles are more common in western North Carolina than they have been in decades, providing a thrill for those fortunate... — Updated 2/11/2021

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Local Attempts Mountain Challenge For Charity

It's midnight, February 5, and as freezing winter rains began rolling through the mountains the temps plummet into the low 20s. Where many had just gone to sleep, local hiker and... — Updated 2/8/2021


Hatchery Supported Trout Waters To Close Feb. 28-April 3

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 3. This year, Wildlife Commission... — Updated 2/8/2021

 By Torry Nergart    Outdoors

Free Trees! Act Now While The Time Is Right – Transylvania County, NC

Now that I have your attention, how about reading on to learn an easy way to propagate western North Carolina native plants. In particular, some free trees and shrubs that provide... — Updated 2/1/2021

 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

S.C. National Guard Members Unplug In the Blue Ridge Mountains

When my friend Daniel Warren first approached me about guiding him and a few friends down the Art Loeb Trail, I..., was admittedly apprehensive. "Come on. It'll be fun! Just a few o... — Updated 1/25/2021


Several Rock Faces In Pisgah District Closed Until Aug. 15 – Transylvania County, NC

Each year between Jan. 15 and Aug. 15, the U.S. Forest Service closes several rock faces in western North Carolina to recreational activities, including rock climbing, to protect the rare peregrine falcons that nest there.... — Updated 1/20/2021


How Transylvania County Lead The State In Bear Conservation – Transylvania County, NC

I can remember well as my grandfather rushed into the house excitedly saying, "I saw a bear track." He worked for the N.C. Department of Transportation and saw the track off a... — Updated 1/18/2021

 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


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