Friends of DuPont asks users to share the trails

Friends of DuPont Forest’s new Share the Trails Campaign aims to help visitors share and care for the forest’s 80-plus…
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Bear activity reported in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock

Visitors to the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness on the Nantahala National Forest should take extra precautions after recent reports of bear…
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Severe drought hits southeastern N.C.
 

Severe drought hits southeastern N.C.

Of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 84 are currently abnormally dry or experiencing drought — but the far western region is…
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The 100-year trail: A century after Benton MacKaye proposed it, millions enjoy the A.T. each year

A wall of wind hurtles through the asphalt-covered mountain gap as I exit my car, popping open the trunk to…
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Smokies car crash results in fatality
 

Smokies car crash results in fatality

A teenager is dead and two other people injured following a car crash on Monday, June 7, in the Great…
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Cashiers StoryWalk to make its debut

The first book of the new StoryWalk at the Cashiers Village Green, Cashiers, Come Play With Me!, will soon be…
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Smokies, Parkway spared drop in park visitor spending

Visitor spending in national park communities during 2020 was just over two-thirds the amount spent in 2019, but parks in…
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N.C. poised to set litter collection record
 

N.C. poised to set litter collection record

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 6 million pounds of litter from roadsides,…
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Regional outdoors brand celebrates debut

Learn more about Made X Mtns, a new regional brand for Western North Carolina, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 15,…
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Mainspring adds staff

Mainspring Conservation Trust has hired two new positions, expanding the regional nonprofit’s staff to 12 people. 
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Forestry student awarded for academic excellence

Brandon Light, a student in Haywood Community College’s Forest Management Technology Program, has been named the college’s Academic Excellence Award…
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Partial solar eclipse coming

A partial solar eclipse will be visible across the northern hemisphere on Thursday, June 10, hitting Western North Carolina around…
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The Bluffs reopens on the Parkway
 

The Bluffs reopens on the Parkway

The Bluffs Restaurant at Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen under new management on Thursday, May 27. 
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Smokies superintendent wins leadership award

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash was named the winner of the 2021 Agency Leadership Award from the…
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Pigeon River Fund fuels WNC water quality work

The most recent round of Pigeon River Fund Grant Awards distributed through the Community Foundation for Western North Carolina will…
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National grant will fund outdoor field trips in the Smokies
 

National grant will fund outdoor field trips in the Smokies

A National Park Foundation grant will fund outdoor field trips for kids in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
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Trail race proceeds help SCC students

The 2021 Assault on Blackrock trail race raised $4,100 for the Southwestern Community College Student Emergency Fund. 
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Opening the back(country) door: Beginner backpacking trip highlights OMC’s new mission

The morning fog is barely lifting at 8 a.m. when a group of five women meet outside Kathy Odvody’s home…
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Build community outdoors

Outdoor Mission Community, formerly known as Outdoor Mission Camp, has a stockpile of outdoor gear available at its resource center…
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Base Camp on the Go returns

Base Camp on the Go is back at Waynesville Parks and Recreation. 
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Work begins on Abrams Falls

Rehabilitation of the Abrams Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now underway after kicking off May…
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Guide rates swim spot safety

MountainTrue has launched a new service that offers up-to-date water quality results for more than 65 popular recreation areas in…
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NOC celebrates its 50th season

Nantahala Outdoor Center is open for its 50th season, with new venues, courses and events in 2021. 
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Smokies names new deputy superintendent

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s long-time Facility Management Division chief has been named as the park’s new deputy superintendent. 
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Restoring a giant: EBCI partners to resurrect the chestnut tree

Rex Mann’s father was the kind of storyteller whose voice would make everyone in the room stop what they were…
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Made by mountains: Regional brand aims to drive entrepreneurship, stewardship in WNC’s outdoor economy

The outdoor industry has for years been on an upward trajectory in Western North Carolina, and a regional branding campaign…
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ATC resumes thru-hiker recognition

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has lifted a recommendation against long-distance hikes on the A.T. for the first time since the…
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Cherokee enter partnership to save the chestnut tree

In a mountaintop signing ceremony on Wednesday, April 21, The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and The American Chestnut Foundation…
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Drought enters N.C. after long absence

Moderate drought has returned to North Carolina for the first time since November 2019, though it is currently relegated to…
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Teachers train to help kids bike and walk to school safely

This spring, 17 physical education teachers from Haywood, Jackson, Swain and Macon counties joined the Western Carolina University Project Discovery…
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Chronic wasting disease confirmed close to N.C.
 

Chronic wasting disease confirmed close to N.C.

A chronic wasting disease case confirmed May 12 in Virginia occurred just 33 miles from the North Carolina counties of…
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Temporary changes proposed for N.C. hunting rule
 

Temporary changes proposed for N.C. hunting rule

In an online public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will take public comment…
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NOC welcomes new president
 

NOC welcomes new president

Nantahala Outdoor Center has named a new company president, welcoming former Grand Canyon Resort Corporation CEO Colin McBeath to the…
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Man dead following Smokies car accident
 

Man dead following Smokies car accident

A Venezuelan man who had been living in Sevier County is dead following a traffic accident May 2 in the…
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Making it happen: Swain County teen chases professional mountain bike career

Austin San Souci was just 2 years old the first time he rode a bike.  “He never had training wheels.…
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Repairs proposed for Wilson Lick cabin

A multi-phase restoration project is proposed for the historic Wilson Lick cabin in the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County. 
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TVA grant to reduce Lake Junaluska litter

A $4,400 grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority will help Haywood Waterways Association support community stream cleanups and Haywood County’s…
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Outdoor-rooted veteran therapy program accepting applications
 

Outdoor-rooted veteran therapy program accepting applications

Equinox Ranch will welcome combat veterans to its inaugural program this June. 
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Sculpture showcase comes to arboretum gardens

An outdoor sculpture showcase now up in the N.C. Arboretum’s gardens will showcase the work of 17 local and national…
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Hooked on Haywood: County’s expanded outdoor programming offers new ways to explore

“My name is Tommy Thomas. I’ve been fly fishing 30, maybe closer to 40 years now,” says the man wearing…
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Land donation protects key Roan Highlands landscape

A record-setting land donation will conserve 7,500 acres in the Roan Highlands, a success that Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy Stewardship…
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Transforming gardening: Book details Webster man’s design for a better, cheaper greenhouse

On cold January days, Bob and Janaye Houghton prefer to eat outside.  “If it’s 20 degrees in the sunshine, it’s…
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Summer camp canceled at Waynesville Rec
 

Summer camp canceled at Waynesville Rec

For the second year in a row, the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will cancel its popular summer camp series…
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Explore Cades Cove vehicle free

Vehicle-free Wednesdays at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park begin this week, giving cyclists and pedestrians the…
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More than 5 million pounds of litter collected this year
 

More than 5 million pounds of litter collected this year

Collections from this year’s N.C. Department of Transportation Spring Litter Sweep totaled more than 1.4 million pounds, far surpassing the…
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Motorcyclist dies after Smokies crash
 

Motorcyclist dies after Smokies crash

A Guatemalan man died following a motorcycle crash in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sunday, April 18. 
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Hike with Haywood

A series of hikes exploring Haywood County’s many trails is in full swing, with the next one offered Monday, May…
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Weighing the Pigeon’s future: Public hearing spurs robust turnout for and against paper mill permit

State of residence was the most visible dividing line in an April 14 hearing on the proposed terms for a…
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Bryson City teen joins Olympic team with history-making performance

Western North Carolina teenager Evy Leibfarth will represent the United States in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this year…
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Parkway gets new superintendent

Tracy Swartout will take over as superintendent for the Blue Ridge Parkway on May 23 following the departure of former…
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