Outdoors

 

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. He just took off,” said his father, Tyler San Souci. “We sort of supported that all along.”

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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 Adopt-a-Stream program. Much of the money will go toward purchasing a collection boom to reduce trash in Lake Junaluska. 

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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 and a robust schedule of community events planned to get people outside over the coming months — and plenty of opportunities for volunteers too.

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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 chance to enjoy this popular area without battling cars and motorcycles. 

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Hike Panthertown

Explore Panthertown Valley near Cashiers with a 5.6-mile guided hike offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8. 

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Guidebook author to speak on WNC lookout tower hikes

Hiking guide author Peter Barr will present his new book about North Carolina’s lookout towers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the picnic pavilion outside the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

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Pedal to school
 

Pedal to school

May 5 is National Bike to School Day, and the region will celebrate throughout the month with youth biking programs, skills clinics at schools, training for physical education teachers and community bike rodeos. 

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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 Miami,” Bob said. 

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