Stories by Karen Chávez

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Writer Karen Chavez is an outdoor enthusiast in Asheville, NC

Karen Chávez, Investigations Editor for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA TODAY Network, has covered Asheville’s and Western North Carolina’ outdoors scene for more than 20 years. She is the author of “Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina.” Follow her on Twitter @KarenChavezACT.

A couple enjoys a mountain vista near Asheville, NC

A Beginner's Guide to Asheville's Great Outdoors

New to Asheville’s great outdoors? You’re in luck! The Asheville area is located in one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse areas of the country, with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. While Western North Carolina lures folks with its world-renowned Blue Ridge Mountains, forests, hiking trails, rivers and waterfalls, remember that these public lands are wild. New to