TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

Outdoors

Outdoors
Jun 2012
With a long history in tow, Lake Lure Ski Club keeps up the action

Jun 2012
Kelly McCoy guides fishing fans to great catches on the New River

Apr 2012
Take a mine tour that uncovers lessons in geology and history.

Apr 2012
Reba Brinkman shows a guy with no gun skills the path to inner peace through clay shooting

Mar 2012
Turn your eyes to the skies this spring for a glimpse of WNC's fastest bird of prey—the peregrine falcon

Feb 2012
Boogerman Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Round-trip: 7.4 Miles, Difficulty: moderate

Feb 2012
A 10-day course empowers participants with back-to-the-land skills

Feb 2012
Truly magnificent gardens need time and attention to flourish - coaxed and nurtured by guiding hands and verdant vision. Peter and Jasmin Gentling spent the last 40 years creating just such a landscape on Sunset Mountain. Welcome to Blue Briar Garden.

Dec 2011
Elk Knob State Park Distance: 4 miles round-trip Difficulty: strenuous

Dec 2011
Make a break for fresh ground with the growing sport of snowshoeing

Dec 2011
If you’re feeling left behind in fitness-forward WNC. Don’t. It’s not about who wins the race or who’s the most flexible yogi. Exercise is about finding an activity that moves your body and spirit. Check out this beginners' guide to get you hooked on cycling, running, or yoga, complete with inspiration from three folks who’ve already found what they love to do.

Oct 2011
DuPont State Forest Distance: 1/2 Mile Round-trip Difficulty: Easy (Guided)

Sep 2011
Take to the canopy with the burgeoning sport of tree climbing

Sep 2011
Summit these lookouts for awe-inspiring mountain vistas

Aug 2011
Beech Mountain hosts an epic fat-tire competition and gets a professionally designed downhill course to boot

Jul 2011
It's stand-up paddleboarding, and it's riding a wave of popularity on lakes and rivers

Jul 2011
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture strive to secure the female set a place on the farm

Jul 2011
Getting away is great, but getting creative while you're there is even better

Jun 2011
A three-mile hike to Wildcat Falls will deliver you to a backcountry swimming hole with nothing but hardwoods for company.

Jun 2011
Take a trek through Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest to marvel at some of the oldest trees in Southern Appalachia

May 2011
Blowing Rock Distance: 3.4 miles Round-trip difficulty: Strenuous

May 2011
Friends of the Ecusta Trail hope to add a new route to the region’s selection of recreational pathways

Apr 2011
For generations, wildcrafters have relied on the healing properties of our region’s diverse plant life. Today, Bent Creek Institute is using the tools of biotechnology to prove the value of these folk remedies and create a local hub for a new medicinal products industry.

Apr 2011
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail: Cashiers: Distance: 2 miles Difficulty: moderate

Apr 2011
An expert in the art of Japanese gardening works to sow

Apr 2011
Thanks to a new scholarship, shelter dogs can enjoy a weekend of training and off-leash fun

Feb 2011
Along the Cherohala Skyway, flying squirrels are reunited

Feb 2011
Oconaluftee River Trail

Feb 2011
You can help the WNC Nature Center name its new cougar cubs

Jan 2011
Frigid temperatures, record snowfall, remarkable beauty— rangers experience it all atop mighty Mount Mitchell

Jan 2011
The Swannanoa Valley Museum wants to stamp your passport for a hike well done

Sep 2010
Get those futuristic images of hovercars and robot butlers out of your head. We asked experts to give more accurate predictions for WNC’s future when it comes to environmental health, public land, Population growth, education, jobs, and agriculture

Sep 2010
Riders take to the trails with a single tire and a lot of guts

Sep 2010
Learn to identify examples of the season’s brightest foliage

Aug 2010
Nurture a green thumb

Aug 2010
Ride the waves with WNC’s leading female kayakers

Jul 2010
Venture below the surface of a local lake to discover a world of sunken weirdness