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State & National Forest

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK

Excerpted from an article by Robert Beanblossom for the Asheville Citizen-Times. “FORESTRY SITE IN PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST IS STEEPED IN WNC HISTORY… …Nestled in a mountainous valley know as the Pink Beds (for its dense rhododendron growth) is the Cradle of Forestry in America, a national historic site.  This  spot in the heart of the…

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MAGAZINE: BREVARD IN TOP 8 OUTDOORSY RETIREMENT CHOICES!

Excerpted from an article by Special to the Asheville Citizen-Times “Brevard, North Carolina, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where To Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.  Brevard is profiled in a feature titled “8 Invigorating Outdoorsy Towns” in the May/June 2017 issue, available nationwide April 11. Where…

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MORE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS PLANNED FOR WNC!

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times. “It’s still five months away, but August 21 has Western North Carolina buzzing, and busy making plans. This is the date of the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, a rare astronomical event in which the Earth, moon and sun line up so that the moon completely…

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TAKE A WINTER HIKE THIS HOLIDAY

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times “WNC STATE PARKS ARE NOW OPEN AGAIN AFTER FIRES… “…During November and early December, it seemed like all the Western North Carolina forests were on fire…at different times, all the state parks in WNC were closed due to fires…many trails throughout the Nantahala National Forest…

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SMOKIES’ “MISSING LINK” IS NEARING COMPLETION

Excerpted from an article by Erik Schelzig for the Associated Press. “Walland, Tennesee – Efforts to extend a serpentine ridge-top road with soaring views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been thwarted for decades as engineers have grappled with how to complete a 1.6-mile stretch known as the missing link.  A $35 million…

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CATCH FALL IN THE SMOKIES

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times “If a lifetime love affair could be adequately expressed, it would include fascination and respect, thousands of miles by air, car and foot, and a package of notes and photos delivered from the heart (and several years of exhaustive research).  Such is the affection Tim…

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HIKE NC! ROLLS OUT FALL HIKES IN WNC

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times “Those who hike can’t imagine a fall without at least a few mountain hiking trips…This fall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield ofo N.C. and the NC State Parks, which is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the state parks system, are launching Hike NC!, a…

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY BACK ON TOP….

…AND RECORDS SET FOR SMOKIES… Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times “…Just over 15 million people visited the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2015 – that’s a 7% increase over the year before for the 469-mile roadway, which stretches from Cherokee to Shenandoah in Virginia.  The warm fall and mild winter brought a lot…

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GUIDES TO WNC’S DIVERSE NATURAL WONDERS

Again and again, we give credit and great thanks to George Ellison, nature columnist at the Asheville Citizen-Times – this time for his short list of good guidebooks to our beautiful region. “At 250 million years of age, the Appalachians are now passing through the mature phase that such violently uplifted terrain experiences as it…

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WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR PREDICTS…

A STUNNING FALL LEAF SEASON! Cullowhee, NC:  “Due to a drier than usual spring and summer, the fall leaf color in the mountains of Western North Carolina should be putting on a more spectacular show than it has in many years, according to WCU’s autumnal leaf season prognosticator, Kathy Mathews.  Mathews, an associate professor of…

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