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 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors 

Bartram Trail Offers Scenic Views, Plant Life Minus The Crowds

The coming of fall has brought a breath of fresh air into the Appalachians. Amidst the madness that has been the year 2020, the leaves have quickly transformed into those vivid... — Updated 10/19/2020

 

Henderson Paddles Horsepasture By Packraft

Within a county known as the "Land of Waterfalls," Gorges State Park might contain the highest concentration of cascades within any of our region's public land units. Transylvania... — Updated 10/12/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Cedar Rock Falls And Grogan Creek Falls

Fall hiking is upon us here in Transylvania County, and there is no shortage of trails for you to explore as the leaves begin to change. It's been an extremely rainy year thus far,... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Pisgah National Forest Updates, Funding Usage

The Transylvania Natural Resources Council met Sept. 11 and Pisgah Ranger Dave Casey gave the following updates for the Pisgah District of the national forest. •The newly passed legislation, The Great American Outdoors Act, may... — Updated 9/28/2020

 

Wildlife Commission Seeks Information on Hellbender Sightings

With fall fishing right around the corner, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public, particularly anglers, to report any sightings of hellbenders (water dogs) to... — Updated 9/28/2020

 

Fall 2020 Hunting Season Begins In Transylvania County

Every year, early September marks the beginning of the hunting season in North Carolina. Transylvania County has a mixture of both private and public land, where hunters can hunt... — Updated 9/21/2020

 

Free Online Deer Hunting, Processing Seminars Offered in September

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Wildlife Federation will offer five free online deer hunting and processing seminars from Sept. 14 – 18. The “Introduction to... — Updated 9/14/2020

 

Wildlife Commission Reminds Dove Hunters To Practice Safety, Ethics

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home from the Hunt campaign reminds hunters to follow state and federal laws and practice safe hunting techniques as dove season opens on... — Updated 9/14/2020

 

FIND Outdoors And Friends Of The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Begins New Project On Blue Ridge Parkway

FIND Outdoors, a 48-year-old nonprofit based in Pisgah Forest, is partnering with Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) to encourage the public to explore this resource that showcases the best of North Carolina from the... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

South Beyond 6,000 Challenge Perfect For Fall Hiking

As the temperatures begin to cool in the coming months, we start entering that annual period of hiking where the trails are littered with leaves of all colors, and the naked trees a... — Updated 9/7/2020

 

Crew Completes Black Mountain Crest Trail Restoration

A Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) crew of young adults worked with volunteers from the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association to complete high priority trail work on... — Updated 8/31/2020

 

Volunteer Trail Work Resumes In Pisgah After Virus Shutdown

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, trail stewards were commonplace along Pisgah National Forest's vast network of trails. Individuals and groups with Pisgah Area SORBA (a local... — Updated 8/31/2020

 

USFS And CDC Issue Safe Hiking, Mountain Biking Guidelines For Virus

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services advises all North Carolinians to practice the three Ws in addition to the following sport-specific safety tips below: wear a mask... — Updated 8/24/2020

 

Local Partnerships Lead To Habitat Improvement On Local Public Lands

On July 27 at the N.C. Arboretum, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue met with a few state officials and local conservationists to discuss issues surrounding Pisgah and Nantahala... — Updated 8/17/2020

 
 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 [email protected] 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

 

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