6 of the Best Blue Ridge Trailheads for Adventure Seekers

Blue Ridge trailheads are waiting for you! Every day in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an adventure, especially if you know where to look. We live in a remarkable enclave for hikes of all levels of difficulty. There are countless trails and lookout spots dotted along the Blue Ridge Parkway and beyond into the Great […]

Why are the Hemlocks Dying?: Everything You Need to Know

The mountain vistas of Western North Carolina attract nature lovers from far and wide. But as you look out across the rolling peaks and shady valleys, you may notice an interruption in your view of the Blue Ridge. What are all those dead trees? Those blanched spines were once thriving hemlock trees, some hundreds of […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In Western North Carolina, our surrounding mountains are one of the most noticeable traits that allow residents to Live the Life You Choose. These mountains aren’t just a scenic backdrop. They are alive with more diverse flora and fauna than almost anywhere on Earth. It takes a lot of caring and compassion to keep our […]

How to Find Summer Wildflowers in the Mountains

April showers brought even more May showers this year, so you may have missed your chance to discover the early white, red, and yellow blooms of spring. Luckily, wildflower season is not yet over in Western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountains rise above our communities from 1,200 to more than 6,000 feet in elevation. […]

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 than right […]

WNC’s State and National Parks Provide Conservation and Supporting Jobs to Thousands

Western North Carolina’s natural beauty has drawn visitors and residents to our area for centuries, so it’s no surprise that some of the very first state and national parks were established right here. Today, our parks are visited by millions of people each year and comprise unique ecological resources and employment opportunities for thousands of […]

Celebrating 100 Years of State and National Parks in WNC

Western North Carolina’s natural beauty has drawn visitors and residents to our area for centuries, so it’s no surprise that some of the very first state and national parks were established right here. Today, our region is virtually surrounded by protected parklands, which are visited by millions of people each year and provide a stunning […]

Masa Was An Enigma On The Asheville Landscape

by Carroll McMahan Part Two of Four George Masa Photo Gallery Two decades before the legendary Adams published images from his visit—only four—George Masa ceaselessly roamed the rough terrain of the Smokies capturing vistas on film that he would sell to tourists. Small in stature and laden with a heavy tripod and bulky camera, Masa […]