Asheville’s Shoji Spa & Lodge offers Japanese wellness without the frequent flyer miles

A local snowboard and ski series is ground zero for Olympic hopefuls

Big Butt Trail to Little Butt

Hiking to a summit, scanning the night sky for stars, or hunting for wild delicacies are activities best experienced in fall’s crisp temperatures, when crystal clear skies and showy foliage provide a breathtaking backdrop for a day’s chosen adventure

In the summertime, warm waters, cool nights, and unfiltered sunshine coalesce in a bucolic, unfettered burst of beauty. And There’s no shortage of ways to enjoy it; work up a sweat or take a cool dip—there’s something for everyone in this sweet season

When wildflowers dot the greening landscape and rushing rivers flow cold from snow melt, take in the beauty of springtime in the mountains with activities for the whole family

Chill out with outdoor activities as well as indoor fun and games

Adventure seekers, nature lovers, kids, adults, grandparents: We’ve got your ultimate guide to seasonal fun in the mountains

This endangered wolf finds safe haven at the WNC Nature Center

Holloway Meadow Loop

For 10 years, Muddy Sneakers has shared the magic of outdoor learning

The Ultimate Guide to the Great American Solar Eclipse in WNC

WCU reprints legendary outdoorsman’s mountain memoir

Distance: 7.6 miles round-trip; Difficulty: Strenuous

Hit the road to five off-the-beaten-path historic sites that hold lessons aplenty

North Carolina’s official state salamander (Ambystoma opacum)

Get your outdoor music fix with these free and festive performances

Trek from Ox Creek Road to the historic remains of Rattlesnake Lodge

Tapping a rich vein of local history and present-day prospecting

Take a path that's right for you

Sycamore Cycles' Wes Dickinson dishes on the latest rides that are good to go

Biking’s big at Brevard College

Enter the Spin Zone with our insider's guide to cycling in Transylvania

Even if you have no growing space of your own, you can plant community seeds with volunteer opportunities at public gardens and arboretums

Serious scientific fun for young students

Great hiking routes in the town of Seven Devils

With their populations on the wane, bees find shelter at UNC Asheville

Distance - 4 miles round-trip, Difficulty - moderate

Sapphire Valley’s Great Outhouse dash returns for frozen fun

A fledging climber’s ascent of Looking Glass brings reverence for the iconic rock’s first summit, 50 years ago

Distance: 2.5 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Distance: 14.2 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Strenuous

Celebrate—and help preserve—monarch butterflies during their annual migration through WNC

How Asheville is becoming world headquarters for climate science and ground zero in the quest to confront climate change

As the National Park system turns 100, test your knowledge of the six in WNC

Distance: 3.5 miles round-trip Difficulty: Easy

A new app puts tours of WNC’s beautiful byways at your fingertips

After a century of state parks, Western North Carolina’s are more popular than ever

The winding route to Plumtree through far western Avery County on U.S. 19 East is the very definition of a road trip. It’s the kind of byway most people would take only if this out-of-the-way hamlet were the destination itself. But for fans of beer and scenic beauty, a thriving brewery and a cluster of outdoor options are enticing reasons to tour the North Toe River valley’s flower-filled fields.