Seasonal Businesses Thrive in Western North Carolina: The Land of Four Seasons

Much like this writer, when storm clouds climb up and over the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, they lose a lot of their steam. One of the great benefits of our mountains is the steadiness of our weather patterns. Yes, the unique topography in Western North Carolina does create the risk for occasional floods. […]

How to Search High and Low to Find Summer Wildflowers in the Mountains

There’s something to the old adage that April showers bring May flowers. In the mountains of Western North Carolina, that means our spring erupts with early white, red, and yellow blooms each year. However, spring isn’t the only time to see beautiful blooms, and wildflower season is not over yet. The Blue Ridge Mountains rise […]

What is Birding and Where are the Best Spots in WNC?

Western North Carolina is home to a variety of outdoors activities, from mountain hiking and professional biking to lazy days tubing down the river. One activity that’s becoming more popular every day is birding. With our mountainous topography and four-season climate, there’s no better place to see such a wide variety of birds. In fact, […]

7 Ways to Get Outside This Winter within 2 Hours of Waynesville

On chilly February mornings, it can feel like spring will never come. We’ve been cooped inside for months. And while many people are happy to stay curled inside with a good book, board game, or jam-packed Netflix queue, that’s not the case for everyone. There are those restless spirits who cannot be contained within four […]

7 Sensational Spots to Enjoy Seasonal Colors in WNC

Every autumn in Western North Carolina, nature puts on a kaleidoscopic color show of deep reds and bright yellows as the leaves erupt into rich and vibrant hues. Private drives and public outlooks that show our mountains’ majesty year round suddenly transform into breathtaking, fiery scenes. In WNC, it’s easy to find the perfect spot […]

Discover Unforgettable Views at These 5 Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes near Brevard

The mountains of Western North Carolina are filled with stunning spots to stop and smell the rhododendron. And thanks to the Blue Ridge Parkway, many of them are very accessible. The gentle winding of the road and stunning vistas create memorable moments 469 miles long.  If you’re searching for something more challenging than a roadside […]

5 Wild Ways You can Enjoy the Outdoors in Henderson County

Henderson County is the perfect location for enjoying life. That’s especially true if you enjoy spending a significant portion of your life outdoors. Though located in North Carolina’s mountain region, Henderson County is characterized by an extensive plateau along the French Broad and Mills River valleys. The lowest point in the county sits at approximately […]

3 of the Best Places to Celebrate International Dark Sky Week in WNC

The views from our Blue Ridge Mountains are incredible during the day, but they’re just as awe inspiring at night! In much of the country, there is too much light pollution to get the full experience of sitting under a canopy of stars and watching the Milky Way shift overhead. However, in much of Western […]

Where’s the Best Place for Stargazing in Brevard?

Sometimes, if life is feeling too chaotic or overwhelming, it helps to sit back and get a little perspective. Few opportunities offer quite as much perspective as staring into the deep, dark recesses of the night sky and contemplating the nature of the universe. In addition to its philosophical benefits, stargazing can be very educational, […]