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Davidson River Campground, Sliding Rock To Open Monday-Brevard NC

Pisgah Hospitality Partners, LLC, a U.S. Forest Service concessionaire based in Pisgah Forest, has worked closely with the Forest Service and will be reopening the Pisgah Complex... — Updated 5/28/2020

 

National Forests Open For 'Primitive Recreation'

The USDA Forest Service is expanding access to recreation opportunities, however facilities and services are limited at many sites. Restrooms and vault toilets are closed and there are no trash services at most sites. If you plan... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

Davidson River Campground, Sliding Rock To Reopen June 1

Pisgah Hospitality Partners, LLC, a US Forest Service concessionaire based in Pisgah Forest, has worked closely with the Forest Service and will be reopening the Pisgah Complex beginning June 1, 2020. This complex includes... — Updated 6/1/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report for June 1, 2020

Closures •Looking Glass Falls, Coon Tree picnic area, the Cradle of Forestry, Sycamore Flats, Pink Beds picnic area, Stony Fork picnic area, Sunburst picnic area and U.S. 276 in picnic areas in Pisgah are still closed as of June... — Updated 6/1/2020

 

The French Broad In 2020

No one can deny that 2020 has not been a year of challenges so far. Rivers, like time, are always moving forward, always changing. We as recreation users must adapt to changes and... — Updated 6/1/2020

 

Estatoe Trail Will Connect To Rosenwald Community

The Estatoe Trail will soon extend to the historic Rosenwald Community in Brevard, connecting it with downtown Brevard and Pisgah National Forest. This new link in the popular... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Blue Ridge Parkway To Reopen From Milepost 0 to 13

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. The National Park Service (NPS) is... — Updated 5/22/2020

 

DuPont Issues Trail Advisory-Brevard NC

Due to recent, persistent rainfall DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) has issued a trail advisory – cautioning use on trails during this time. This trail advisory is issued... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

Trailheads, Access Points To Open To the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The USDA Forest Service will open a series of trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on May 22. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

A Quintessential Spring: Celebrating Ideal Weather Between Winter And Summer

Despite stressful adjustments to our daily lives in personal, social and economic endeavors related to the coronavirus pandemic, we can likely all agree that this year's spring... — Updated 5/19/2020

 
 By Rachel Hess    Outdoors

Habitat At Home: Five Tips For Creating Habitat In A Small Space

Spring has finally arrived and it's the perfect time to add or improve wildlife habitat, especially in small spaces. Have you wanted to create a wildlife-friendly landscape, but... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report: May 18, 2020

Closures •All roadside campsites and group campgrounds remain closed in Pisgah as of May 18. •Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Coon Tree picnic area, the Cradle of Forestry, Lake Powhatan picnic and swim area, Sycamore... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Fire Ant Problems Increase In Mountains

Move over murder hornets. Fire ants, those vicious insects with a painful sting and destructive ways, are becoming more pervasive in the mountains, according to research from the... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

Closures •Gorges State Park is still closed, but plans to reopen park trails and restrooms on May 13. •DuPont State Recreational Forest is still closed to the public, and officials are working on a plan to reopen. •Ivestor... — Updated 5/12/2020

 
 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors

You Can Influence The Next 20 Years Of Pisgah

This is it. The comment period for the draft forest plan for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest opened February 14, and was originally supposed to close on May 14. Due to the coronavirus, the Forest Service has announced that... — Updated 5/12/2020

 

Arboretum Reopens Trails

The North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden located outside Asheville, reopened its trails on Saturday, May 9, in conjunction with the North Carolina’s lifting of its stay-at-home orders and phased reopening plan. Simi... — Updated 5/11/2020

 

Access Increased To Parkway's Recreational Opportunities

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway officials are increasing recreational access to sections of the motor... — Updated 5/11/2020

 

FIND Outdoors Launches Free Virtual Forest Bathing/Nature Therapy Program

Staying home never felt so good. FIND Outdoors is bringing the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the world in an effort to foster a sense of calmness and community. Free virtual forest bathing and nature therapy walks... — Updated 5/11/2020

 

Rhododendrons In Peak Bloom

Rhododendrons in Transylvania County's lower elevations are in full bloom right now, and Mountain Laurels are just on their heels. According to theflowerexpert.com, the name... — Updated 5/11/2020

 

Local Residents Enjoy The Beautiful Weather

Although county residents are practicing social distancing, it hasn't stopped them from getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather. From the park at Silvermont to Bracken... — Updated 5/6/2020

 

Pisgah Forest And Nantahala Plan Comment Period Extended

The USDA Forest Service is extending the comment period for the proposed Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by an additional 45 days. The public review and comment period, which was... — Updated 5/6/2020

 

Share Your Outdoors Photos

How have you been enjoying the outdoors lately? Reader Joy Resor sent in this photo with the following caption. "My partner Michael and I love daily walks around Franklin Park and... — Updated 5/4/2020

 

Cradle To Grave Race Moved To Sept. 12 - Pisgah Forest, NC

FIND Outdoors (formerly the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association), one of Brevard’s longest-operating local nonprofits, will reschedule its signature Cradle to Grave race from May 9 to Sept. 12 to adhere to... — Updated 5/4/2020

 
 By Jacob Myers    Outdoors

Transitioning From AT Thru-Hike To Quarantine

(Editor's note: Myers planned to publish stories from the Appalachian Trail in The Transylvania Times during his northbound thru-hike this Spring, but now he is self-isolating in hi... — Updated 5/4/2020

 

Lessons Learned From The Dogwoods

Maybe it's just the need for light at the end of the tunnel? Maybe it's just the abundant rain and early start to spring that seemed to hold on with a cooler middle? But I don't... — Updated 4/27/2020

 

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