Outdoors

 

Bike swap: With Motion Makers exit, Bryson City Outdoors expands in Cherokee

Less than a year after founder Kent Cranford sold his three Motion Makers Bicycles stores to Specialized Bicycles, the company announced a sudden decision to pull out of the Cherokee location it had shared with Bryson City Outdoors since 2020. 

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Master planning process starts for DuPont Forest

Friends of DuPont Forest has received $99,000 in grants from the Tourism Development Authorities in Henderson and Transylvania counties. The money will help fund creation of a master recreation plan to plan a sustainable future for DuPont State Recreational Forest. 

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Rock faces closed for falcon protection

Twelve rock faces in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are closed to climbing, rappelling, hang-gliding and other activities through Aug. 15 in order to protect the rare peregrine falcons that nest there. 

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Adventure at the arboretum

Registration is open for two upcoming sessions of Outdoor Adventure Kids, or OAK, at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. 

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Winter Green

While there are many plants that stay green throughout the winter, there is only one plant known as wintergreen.

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Pay to play: Smokies parking tags now on sale

Starting March 1, Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors will have to pay to park. As the date approaches and annual parking tags go on sale, park management is working to iron out the details and communicate them to the public.

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Forest Service completes objection reviews for Pisgah-Nantahala forest plan

The U.S. Forest Service has completed its review of 891 objections to the Pisgah-Nantahala forest management plan it released a year ago, clearing the final hurdle to implement the first new forest plan since 1987.

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Norton Creek firefly tickets on sale

Save the date for a magical evening watching the synchronous fireflies of the Smokies, with tickets available to see the show at Norton Creek June 8-11. 

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Join the Assault on BlackRock

The Assault on BlackRock trail race will return Saturday, March 18, to Pinnacle Park in Sylva. 

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