TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

TRAVEL & OUTDOORS
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

Proceeds from spring plant sales give back to the community

County: Watauga, Population: 1,425

Difficulty: Moderate, Round-Trip: 3.5 miles

History lessons and a British pub await in this little college town

Bursting with shops and eateries in quaint brick buildings, Black Mountain looks and feels like a storybook village brought to life. Nestled in the Swannanoa Valley, the town first rose to prominence as a stop for tourists traveling to Mount Mitchell by train, and later by automobile. Modern travelers will also find it a charming place to explore.

Rainbow Falls Trail Difficulty: Moderate Round-Trip: 3 miles

Three old-time music parties for your listenin’ and pickin’ enjoyment

Elite kayakers take on the Nantahala for the Freestyle World Championships

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