Fontana Lake looks more like a narrow river running through a canyon right now as drought conditions persist across the…
 Jackson County has joined five other Western North Carolina counties in receiving designation as a primary natural disaster area due…
A weekend of outdoor competition raised $220,000 in support of military members and their families at Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach…
More than a ton of trash vanished from Richland and Allens creeks following a volunteer cleanup effort this fall.
The Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has a new district ranger following the arrival of Dave Casey,…
Fire season is just beginning, but already five fires are lighting up the Nantahala National Forest. About 130 people are…
Nantahala Racing Club’s “superior performance and program development” earned it recognition as the American Canoe Association’s 2016 Stroke of Achievement…
The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team took second place at the 2016 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet this month,…
Even as Eastern North Carolina is reeling from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, Western North Carolina is plunging deeper into…
Fire danger is increasing throughout the forests of Western North Carolina, necessitating caution for any kind of outdoor burning. 
Drought is continuing and frost has ended the growing season in much of Western North Carolina, so hay could be…
Local athletes figured prominently in the top places for the Naturalist Epic 25K/50K race held Oct. 8, a grueling undertaking…
The Smokies came to the Latino communities of Knoxville this month in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, with more…
Seasonal images of Western North Carolina’s most exquisite waterfalls adorn a newly published calendar set to raise money for the…
A new map of Tsali Trails not only creates a better guide to the nationally known trail system on the…
More than 100 leaders from across Western North Carolina came together at Western Carolina University this month to talk about…
New U.S. Topo maps are out, and the quadrangles covering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park now display trails, campgrounds,…
A statewide challenge to knock out 100 miles of hiking, walking, running, paddling, skating, horseback riding or rolling a wheelchair…
A $3,500 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will help enrich the elk viewing experience in the Cataloochee…
Western Carolina University was among the 18 public colleges and universities recently honored by the state for leadership in reducing…
Local runners came out high in the rankings with completion of the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon last weekend. 
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt its plan to transfer the reintroduced population…
A 956-acre prescribed burn is being proposed for the Nantahala National Forest in southeastern Jackson County, aiming to reduce wildfire…
Local acres were among those covered by $3.8 million the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded…
Since the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Michal Smolen has been hopping continents to finish out the post-Rio racing season,…
Mosquito spraying for Zika virus in other states has led some North Carolina beekeepers to ask what they can do…
Red wolves will be removed from the majority of the five-county area of eastern North Carolina where they now exist…
A woman perished following a fall at the Newfound Gap parking lot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last…
Sales of North Carolina Friends of the Smokies license plates brought in $118,240 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National…
A revamped website is allowing people to discover North Carolina’s natural heritage in new ways through the N.C. Natural Heritage…
Classroom lessons focusing on Cherokee culture and ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains will expand to schools in seven Western…
A relaunched carbon offsets program will give business, organizations and individuals in Western North Carolina a way to turn their…
A meeting between leaders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians brought tribal…
September temperatures will make or break fall color quality this year, according to Western Carolina University’s new fall foliage forecaster…
An infestation of destructive emerald ash borers has been confirmed in the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest…
Friends of the Smokies raised $205,562 at its 22nd annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon last week, with the hundreds…
Students at Cherokee Middle School have spent the last two years digging deep into the ecology, culture and history of…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a new chief of resource education in Nigel Fields, who Superintendent Cassius Cash…
Nearly 1,000 athletes converged on Lake Logan this month, pushing for a finish in challenging half-ironman and triathlon competitions at…
Anyone with an internet connection can now pull up a map showing where they might encounter any of 1,800 Smokies…
Mountain Wildlife Days, a weekend of wildlife-oriented fun, raised $2,600 this summer to go toward wildlife education programs in Western…
The numbers are in, and this year’s National Trails Day, organized at locations across the country by the American Hiking…
A high-intensity meteor shower will light up the sky next week, and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will host an…
The harvest is coming in, and for a contingent of growers and volunteers in Haywood County, that means gleaning season.
Kids spent a day learning about gardening and raising animals — while also enjoying swimming, fishing and hay rides — with a…
Naturalist Ken Czarnomski — in partnership with the the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority — has released the third installment…
After biking more than 300 miles through the Rocky Mountains, the group of five high schoolers involved in Western Carolina…
Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred in the Pisgah National Forest last week.
Students and teachers from communities around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are starting six weeks of hands-on learning and…
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