TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

TRAVEL & OUTDOORS
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.

Distance: 5.6 miles round-trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Three far-out adventures to stretch your limits

An outdoors hub in Transylvania County picks up the pace

Learn what drives 4 ultra-runners to go the distance

The Tryon International Equestrian Center isn’t just horsing around

Test your knowledge of native blooms before embarking on a botanical pilgrimage

Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Moderate

Check in to these lodges where après-ski combines a room, dining, and drinks

Celebrate the cold season at two regional winterfests

Probe the pains and pleasures of climbing frozen waterfalls