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out frA pair of hikers camped near the Lower Falls in Graveyard Fields got a rude awakening March 16 when a bear entered the tent where the backpackers — and at least one of their packs — were spending the night. 

“That right there is the number one ‘do not do’ when you’re camping is keeping anything with food inside your tent,” said Justin McVey, wildlife biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “The situation could have easily been alleviated had the camper hung the food.”

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:44

Clingmans Dome Road opens for the year

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out clingmansClingmans Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opened last week, six days ahead of its scheduled April 1 opening.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:43

Bike rodeo comes to Jackson County

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out bikerodeoThe Jackson County Bike Rodeo is calling all kids to come out 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, to the Jackson Recreation Park in Cullowhee to learn more about life on two wheels.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:41

Locals take gold and silver in Assault on BlackRock

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out assaultblackrockThe fifth annual Assault on BlackRock trail race is now in the rearview mirror, with 82 brave souls battling freezing temperatures frosted with snow and ice to complete the grueling 7-mile race.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:27

Solarize WNC forums demystify solar energy for the masses

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out solarizeA forum on how to transition to solar energy will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin, the second in a string of events to be held throughout the region this spring and summer.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:04

Brookies get a boost in the Smokies

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out troutFollowing a seven-year brook trout restoration project, Lynn Camp Prong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now open to fishing.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:02

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration open

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out breakawayEarly registration is open for the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a multi-distance bike ride based in Haywood County.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:11

Family Nature Summit comes to Lake J

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out lakejEach year, the Family Nature Summit is held in some part of the country known for its special beauty and recreation value. This year, it will be based in Lake Junaluska, June 27 to July 3.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:32

Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon

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out gatewaysmokiesRunners will take to the streets of downtown Waynesville as the inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon starts from Main Street at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2.