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It was around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, when the two hikers stepped out of their red Ford Edge and into the parking lot at Big East Fork Trailhead. After the stunning vistas the Blue Ridge Parkway had offered on their drive from Asheville, David Crockett, a 23-year-old UNC Charlotte student, and his friend Sultan Alraddadi wanted to see those mountains up close.

They’d found the hike on AllTrails, an app that outlined an 8.1-mile loop that climbed Chestnut Ridge, continuing west to butt up against the Art Loeb Trail before returning east via the Shining Creek Trail. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:06

Hike through winter

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A wintertime hike exploring the vistas and plant life of the Balsam Mountain Preserve will be conducted 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:04

Smokies sets new visitation record

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park reeled in 11.3 million visitors in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous record of 10.7 million set in 2015.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:03

Haywood Gleaners logs 30,000 pounds of produce donations

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Fifteen tons of food that would otherwise have gone to waste found their way to hungry mouths in 2016, thanks to volunteers with the Haywood Gleaners.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:55

Drought severity lessens in WNC

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Wet weather over the past week has put a dent in the severity of drought in Western North Carolina. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:52

Icycle bike race returns to Fontana

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A two-day mountain biking extravaganza is coming to Fontana Village Resort Jan. 28-29, offering both a nighttime downhill race and a daylight cross-country race.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Cattle working equipment available for community use

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New cattle working equipment will soon be available for community use in Swain and Jackson counties.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:52

See the celestial

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Two nights of stargazing are coming to Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near Rosman, offered 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:51

Polar Plunge to benefit education

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With Christmas in the rearview, Haywood Waterways Association is setting its sights on the next big holiday — Super Bowl Saturday and the polar plunge that marks it.