TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

Outdoors

Outdoors
Newly completed Rocky Knob Park puts Boone on the map for mountain biking enthusiasts

Spot the blooms of the Yellow Lady’s Slipper in secluded mountain coves in May and June

Save the French Broad Float combines environmental activism and waterborne adventure

Cullowhee reels in the Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival

Two shops meld cycling with beer for a whole new spin on community hubs

Harboring troves of curiosities, such as dwarfed turtles and carnivorous plants, bogs are among the most imperiled habitats in the mountains. Today, conservationists are bringing these fascinating and rare ecosystems back from the brink in hopes of creating the first national wildlife refuge in Western North Carolina.

Each year, millions of visitors pass through this scenic valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to marvel at the wildlife that roams free. Get a glimpse of what awaits with this collection of photographs that capture one lensman’s breath-taking encounters.

Two living roof experts offer easy, do-it-yourself plans for garden sheds

A waterscape continues to bloom thanks to a lotus expert’s family

Bill Whipple envisions Asheville with ample fruits and berries to feed us all

A family of plant lovers keeps indigenous species thriving

In Big Sandy Mush, a couple invites U-pickers to harvest an array of brilliant blooms

An outdoor skills program introduces women to fishing, archery, plant identification, and a heightened sense of confidence

Take a spring break with four strolls flush with flora

Lake Lure residents envision a greener future for a decommissioned historic bridge

Make your way to the High Country for outdoor winter revelry

Gourds will fly during Hayesville’s annual Punkin Chunkin Festival

Swing from the trees at the state’s first aerial adventure park

High Country students learn firsthand the science behind wind energy

Get lost in Taylor Ranch’s pink corn maze in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Difficulty: Moderate Round-Trip: 4.5 miles

Catch fall migration in full flap during Flock to the Rock

Eco gets friendlier with an expo to celebrate sustainable living

Appalachian Food Storybank collects and preserves memories of the region's foodways

Round-Trip:5 miles, Difficulty: Moderate

Meet a group of outdoor entrepreneurs who mix business and pleasure in the pursuit of great gear

Toe River Valley

Pedal on for a tasty ride

Round-Trip: 8.6 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

Take a tour through WNC's most bike-friendly city. Here's the scoop on where to go and what to see in Asheville on two wheels

TRACK Trails leads kids down a path of outdoor discovery

With a long history in tow, Lake Lure Ski Club keeps up the action

Kelly McCoy guides fishing fans to great catches on the New River

Take a mine tour that uncovers lessons in geology and history.

Reba Brinkman shows a guy with no gun skills the path to inner peace through clay shooting