Celebrate the cold season at two regional winterfests

Probe the pains and pleasures of climbing frozen waterfalls

Distance: 3, 5, or 6 miles, Difficulty: Strenuous

Distance: 12.5 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Strenuous

Hop the border to Virginia’s Primland for a luxury experience that reaches for the stars

Burke County is bursting with options for your next adventure

Distance: 1.6 miles round-trip Difficulty: Moderate

The High Country’s new aerial adventure park offers 50-foot thrills

24 must-do experiences await! Hit the road this summer for thrills, beauty, history, and local flavor in every county across Western North Carolina

Three friends take on the arduous challenge of running the highest mountain range in the East in a single day

Bike parts maker Cane Creek Cycling Components keeps manufacturing on track in the mountains

Set out on footpaths that offer big exploration for small people

Combine ease, adventure, and the great outdoors with these glamping opportunities

A new guide to area waterfalls and wildflowers

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians opens in Cherokee

Gear up and make a dash for West Virginia, where white-water thrills, world-class climbing and mountain biking, and a hip small-town outpost await in the New River Gorge

Field School allows the curious to explore an ancient site in Morganton where the New and Old Worlds collided

Safeguard wild lands & trails

Tryon International Equestrian Center readies for its first full season

Head to Charleston this spring to tour grand estates and prize-worthy gardens

Distance 0.7 mile Difficulty: Easy

A reinvigorated search for Southern snow

Difficulty: Easy Length: 1.3 miles round-trip

Internationally known for the quality of the mica in its soil, Spruce Pine is also ground zero for one of the most highly regarded craft communities in the nation. Potters and other artisan wizards work in the hills and hollers that surround Mineral City, making Spruce Pine a prime base for hiking, touring, and studio-hopping.

Difficulty: moderate length: 3.3 miles round-trip

The Southern Outer Banks beckon with pristine beaches, wild horses, and 300 years of swashbuckling lore

Difficulty: moderate Length: 3.5 miles round-trip

County: Madison Population: 868

Look but don’t touch the poisonous southern blue monkshood

Meet 11 leaders in the quest to conserve WNC’s natural areas

Head across the mountains to explore all that’s new in this revitalized and thriving city

Celebrate 50 years of wilderness conservation

Bike, run, and paddle for a good cause

Difficulty: Strenuous Round-Trip: 8-miles

An alliance of outdoor product manufacturers takes root in WNC

Difficulty: Easy Round-Trip: 7 Miles

Bee City USA leads the way in protecting pollinators