Everything You Need to Know about the French Broad River: A Beginner’s Guide

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The evolution of brachiopods. Giant insects. The entire history of the dinosaurs. The rise of mammals. Possibly four of Earth’s five prehistoric mass extinction events. The mighty French Broad River has seen it all. Continue reading for: French Broad River at a Glance French Broad River History & Geography French Broad River Climate & Wildlife… Read more »

3 Thrilling Reasons to Ski the Slopes of WNC

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3 Thrilling Reasons to Ski the Slopes of WNC

For many people in the mountains, a foot of snow can hinder them from getting to work and earning a paycheck. For others, their very livelihood is dependent on powdery fresh snow. Winter sports are a big draw for outdoor enthusiasts, and resorts across Western North Carolina depend on that enthusiasm. Have you ever visited… Read more »

What is the Upcoming Wilma Dykeman RiverWay?

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The French Broad River is the 218-mile aquatic heart of Western North Carolina.

  “Water is a living thing; it is life itself. In it life began.” —Wilma Dykeman, The French Broad What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan? The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan connects 17 miles of existing and projected greenway systems along the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers, from Biltmore Village north to the edge of… Read more »

Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, a Road Like No Other

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Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, a Road Like No Other

  The Blue Ridge Parkway traverses Western North Carolina, enhancing the lives of residents and visitors alike. With 469 miles of scenic roadways, it provides the perfect venue for enjoying the Blue Ridge Mountains by bicycle, vehicle, or on foot. It’s no wonder it’s called America’s Favorite Drive! “The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s favorite… Read more »

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Places to Spot a Bear in WNC?

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Agents Answer: Where are the Best Places to Spot a Bear in WNC?

Rural communities across Western North Carolina offer unparalleled opportunities for connection with nature. Homeowners around the area are generally happy to share their property with deer, turkeys, and other local wildlife. But one mountain creature regularly has residents stopping in their tracks: Bears. The black bear is the only bear species found in North Carolina,… Read more »

Snap a Scenic Selfie at these 3 BRP Overlooks

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  One of the best things about living in Western North Carolina is our proximity to amazing outdoor parks. One national treasure you may not realize is a part of the U.S. National Park Service is the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway is fun to visit, experience, and share throughout many months of the year…. Read more »

The Buzz about Bee City, USA

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Asheville has long been known as Beer City USA, but did you know we’re also Bee City? In 2012, Asheville became the first to accept the title and responsibility of being an official bee city, launching a national movement. This commitment to creating more sustainable habitats for bees and other pollinators is echoed throughout Western… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know about Mushroom Foraging in Asheville

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Everything You Need to Know about Mushroom Foraging in Asheville

Professional gourmets and locally conscious eaters, alike, advocate for the health, economic, and culinary benefits of farm-to-table dining. In Western North Carolina, our abundant natural resources offer many opportunities to bring farm-fresh produce into our homes and restaurants. However, many locals are looking beyond the farm to enhance the quality of their dining experience and… Read more »