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. […]

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 […]

5 Popular WNC Hiking Trails Your Dog will Love

Are you and your dog tired of taking the same old route through your neighborhood each morning? This weekend, take your pet on an adventure through the Blue Ridge Mountains! Our area of Appalachia has some of the most beautiful mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and views in the world—and we don’t think we’re being biased. Best […]

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 […]

Everything You Need to Know about Mt. Mitchell: A Beginner’s Guide

Standing majestically above all other surrounding peaks, Mount Mitchell is an incredible location to visit for scenic views, hiking, picnicking, and camping. Continue reading for: Mount Mitchell at a Glance Mount Mitchell History & Geography Mount Mitchell Climate, Vegetation, & Wildlife Mount Mitchell Activities & Events Camping near Mount Mitchell Trails & Hikes near Mount […]

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 […]