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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Discover the beavers of the Pisgah

A day celebrating beavers and the changing habitats they create will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Cradle of Forestry in America. 

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers will consist of two guided walks along the Pink Beds Trail adjacent to the Cradle, starting at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each walk will take about 90 minutes and include 1.75 miles of walking. Programs start at the Forest Discovery Center with a talk about beavers and their special adaptations. 

$5 for ages 16 and up; free for youth. America the Beautiful, Golden Age and Friends of the Cradle passes accepted. 

The Cradle of Forestry is located along U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, about 35 miles south of Waynesville. 

828.877.3130 or


Ask a plant expert

Anyone finding themselves with a burning plant-related question as growing season takes off can find the answer at the Haywood County Plant Clinic, open every business day at the Haywood County Extension Center in Waynesville. 

Staffed by Master Gardeners, the plant clinic fields questions about lawns, vegetables, flowers, pest issues, soils, fertilizers and more. 

Drop-ins welcome. 828.456.3575.


Adventure dash ahead

The Merrell Adventure Dash will take off at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, offering a series of obstacles for participants to wrangle in a family-friendly adventure. 

With a route along the Nantahala River, the race includes a 5K Dash and 1K Fun Run featuring climbs, nets, a river run and a mud pit. Afterward, live music from the Jon Stickley Trio will be on the Adventure Center Deck.

$20, and free for kids 12 and under. On-site registration will open at 1 p.m., with online registration available through May 24 at

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