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Fire Restrictions In Place In National Forests - Pisgah Forest, NC

Fire restrictions are now in effect for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests due to high fire danger. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire is now... — Updated 5/4/2020

 

Establishing Roots - A New Normal Creates Home Gardening Opportunities

As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads across the world and into local communities, we are all adjusting to new lifestyles and daily routines. For many of us, that... — Updated 4/27/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

Closures •Ivestor Gap, Daniel Ridge Loop, Looking Glass Rock, Slick Rock Falls, Cat Gap, North Face, the Art Loeb (Davidson River to Joel Branch FSR 5002 and Black Balsam Road FSR 816 to Camp Daniel Boone, Moore Cove, Campground... — Updated 4/27/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

Closures •Ivestor Gap, Daniel Ridge Loop, Looking Glass Rock, Slick Rock Falls, Cat Gap, North Face, the Art Loeb (Davidson River to Joel Branch FSR 5002 and Black Balsam Road FSR 816 to Camp Daniel Boone, Moore Cove, Campground... — Updated 4/20/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

How Are You Enjoying The Outdoors Lately?

DuPont State Recreational Forest, Gorges State Park, sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the areas of Pisgah National Forest mentioned in the trail report below and camping in... — Updated 4/20/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

Closures •The lower portion of Avery Creek Road (FSR 477) and associated designated campsites are closed. •Looking Glass Falls recreation area is closed. •Pink Beds recreation area is closed. •Coontree recreation area is... — Updated 4/9/2020

 
 By Jayne Fought    Outdoors

Explore The Wilderness Of Your Own Backyard

Typically, my husband, Clyde, and I get outside a lot, especially this time of year. We usually teach classes outside, scout trails, and guide trips in the forest or on the river.... — Updated 4/6/2020

 
 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

 

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