TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

TRAVEL & OUTDOORS

TRAVEL & OUTDOORS
Dec 2017
Big Butt Trail to Little Butt

Dec 2017
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

Dec 2017
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

Dec 2017
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

Dec 2017
Chill out with outdoor activities as well as indoor fun and games

Dec 2017
Adventure seekers, nature lovers, kids, adults, grandparents: We’ve got your ultimate guide to seasonal fun in the mountains

Oct 2017
This endangered wolf finds safe haven at the WNC Nature Center

Aug 2017
Holloway Meadow Loop

Jun 2017
For 10 years, Muddy Sneakers has shared the magic of outdoor learning

Jun 2017
The Ultimate Guide to the Great American Solar Eclipse in WNC

Jun 2017
WCU reprints legendary outdoorsman’s mountain memoir

Jun 2017
Distance: 7.6 miles round-trip; Difficulty: Strenuous

Jun 2017
Hit the road to five off-the-beaten-path historic sites that hold lessons aplenty

Apr 2017
North Carolina’s official state salamander (Ambystoma opacum)

Apr 2017
Get your outdoor music fix with these free and festive performances

Apr 2017
Trek from Ox Creek Road to the historic remains of Rattlesnake Lodge

Apr 2017
Tapping a rich vein of local history and present-day prospecting

Apr 2017
Take a path that's right for you

Apr 2017
Sycamore Cycles' Wes Dickinson dishes on the latest rides that are good to go

Apr 2017
Biking’s big at Brevard College

Apr 2017
Enter the Spin Zone with our insider's guide to cycling in Transylvania

Feb 2017
Even if you have no growing space of your own, you can plant community seeds with volunteer opportunities at public gardens and arboretums

Feb 2017
Serious scientific fun for young students

Feb 2017
Great hiking routes in the town of Seven Devils

Feb 2017
With their populations on the wane, bees find shelter at UNC Asheville

Dec 2016
Distance - 4 miles round-trip, Difficulty - moderate

Dec 2016
Sapphire Valley’s Great Outhouse dash returns for frozen fun

Oct 2016
A fledging climber’s ascent of Looking Glass brings reverence for the iconic rock’s first summit, 50 years ago

Oct 2016
Distance: 2.5 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Aug 2016
Distance: 14.2 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Strenuous

Aug 2016
Celebrate—and help preserve—monarch butterflies during their annual migration through WNC

Aug 2016
How Asheville is becoming world headquarters for climate science and ground zero in the quest to confront climate change

Jun 2016
As the National Park system turns 100, test your knowledge of the six in WNC

Jun 2016
Distance: 3.5 miles round-trip Difficulty: Easy

Apr 2016
A new app puts tours of WNC’s beautiful byways at your fingertips

Apr 2016
After a century of state parks, Western North Carolina’s are more popular than ever

Apr 2016
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.

Apr 2016
Distance: 5.6 miles round-trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Apr 2016
Three far-out adventures to stretch your limits