Distance: 20 miles round-trip - Difficulty: strenuous

Relish apple orchards and vineyards in this enthralling town

Unleashing a beast, Marion hosts its first Bigfoot Fest

Experience outdoor adventures and art aplenty in this charming town

Great hikes in Western North Carolina

Discover what’s new and awesome for all ages in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, Tennessee

River snorkeling reveals a vibrant underwater ecosystem

A unique species of firefly graces the mountains

Burnsville’s Gateway Project illuminates community through public art

Explore history, modernity, and beauty in this one-of-a-kind town

Take a hike for a cause with a shelter dog

Asheville’s Mountain Sports Festival takes a fresh approach

Yellow Mountain, Nantahala National Forest

From bison to boats to Winnebagos, WNC offers no shortage of offbeat escapes

Fox Den Loop at Lake James State Park

Meet the nearly invisible (and nearly indestructible) tardigrade

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