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Back when the trip was a new idea, I don’t think either of us took it seriously. Three weeks on…

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Duke Energy is requesting a special use authorization to make improvements to infrastructure that crosses national forest lands, and the…

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The arrival of the N.C. Arboretum’s newest exhibit was delayed due to COVID-19, but Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks…

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Four larger-than-life butterflies now greet visitors as they enter the Cullowhee Community Garden, each representing a species that helps pollinate…

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The annual Mountain View Garden Club Plant Sale will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 4, at the…

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Free Fishing Day will return to North Carolina’s public waters on Saturday, July 4, with anybody regardless of age allowed…

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A plan that would create a 150-mile-plus trail network through Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties is now out…

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On Saturday, June 20, Grandfather Mountain bid farewell to Gerry the black bear. Gerry was humanely euthanized following a long history of…

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New re-openings have been announced for the Pisgah National Forest. 

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A fundraising effort to support the veteran therapy retreat center Equinox Ranch is underway and active through July 4. 

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According to guidance from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, farmers markets fall under the same classification as…

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For cycling enthusiasts across the region, warmer weather means one thing — time to start pedaling. With a variety of…

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