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Couple hiking at waterfall

Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

Take the Easy Path to Mountain Beauty Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure because of its many scenic hiking trails. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy what nature has to offer. Whether you are beginner or simply want an easy nature jaunt suitable for the entire family,

An Evening with the Elk

An Evening with the Elk

Pack a Picnic for Cataloochee Valley A quick trip to the gorgeous Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains offers big rewards. The biggest is getting a close-up view of the majestic elk that weigh up to 900 pounds, making them the largest animals in the park. The large meadows by the roadside allow for easy watching as the elk roam, graze and interact. Elk roamed the Appalachian Mountains

Autumn glory in the Smokies

An Eden Still Unspoiled

George Masa, Horace Kephart and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park There was drama in the mountains of Western North Carolina back in the 1920s and 1930s, and it had nothing to do with prohibition and moonshine. One need only read Serena , Ron Rash’s riveting novel set in the region’s rich timber country (or see the movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) to

Fall Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Best Fall Drives For Experiencing Craft Art in Asheville

Discover Appalachian Craft Art Culture Along Area Byways As you travel mountain roads splashed with brilliant fall color , it's easy to understand why Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains have inspired artists and craftspeople for generations. What makes Asheville's craft scene unique is that you'll find artists here are not only preserving traditional

Falconry

Bird Watching & Hawk Migration in the Fall Season

Hawks Soar Over Asheville in Annual Migration Fall is a favorite time here in Western North Carolina, when the cooling weather provides ideal conditions for exploring all that this area has to offer. The changing leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway present a feast for the eyes, and the migration sightings can provide memories to last a lifetime, particularly for hawk enthusiasts. Each year in the

High Falls

10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now

Waterfalls for All Occasions With hundreds of beautiful cascades near Asheville, where do you begin? Here’s a quick sampler to get you started. These 10 locations represent a diverse range of options, so there’s something for everyone.    Tallest: Upper Whitewater Falls Walk a quarter-mile paved trail (accessible for wheelchairs or scooters) to see the mighty Upper Whitewater

Parkway Tunnel with Rhododendron

Asheville Under $100: Do It All the Budget-Savvy Way

Your Guide to a Wallet-Friendly Weekend Asheville is well known for its splurge-worthy attractions and high-end culinary experiences, but there are just as many options for anyone seeking an affordable getaway to the mountains. Explore everything Asheville has to offer with a weekend itinerary that delivers on experience, but won’t break the bank. Friday 1 p.m. – Lunch at  12

Indigo Bunting

Bird Watching Adventures in Asheville, N.C.

Outings to Satisfy Your Inner Bird Nerd Flashes of red plumage in the forest canopy and a familiar song - “what-cheer, what-cheer, what-cheer” - signify the presence of a nearby Northern Cardinal. This is an easy bird to recognize, even for a novice bird watcher, but it is only one of nearly 300 bird species to call Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, home. To sharpen

Cycling on the Parkway

For Wheel, Y’all: Six Asheville Adventures on 2 Wheels

See Asheville From Behind (Handle) Bars In Asheville, outdoor enthusiasts are like kids in a locally sourced candy store. With hundreds of miles for road biking and as a mountain biking destination , what better way to see our fair city than on two wheels? And you don’t have to know how to do a nose wheelie to enjoy one of these six cycling experiences. 1. Velo Girl Rides These luxe,

Craggy Gardens Picnic

Super Scenic Picnics with 360-Degree Views

Pair Your Picnic With Delicious Vistas Feed your eyes with spectacular views and your ears with serene sounds of nature with an al fresco meal that you will never forget. Before you head out for a picnic, pick up some seasonal goodies at a tailgate market or the WNC Farmer’s Market (open every day). Also, many local B&Bs and hotels will help you with a picnic to go. Check out my favorite

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