Saluda Outfitters Helps You Head for the Hills

Growing up in Western North Carolina, Ryan Griffin has never strayed far from the natural beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in his backyard. “I love to spend time on the rivers, on the trails mountain biking and hiking, along the winding routes on my road bike,” Griffin said. “We’ve got so many incredible […]

How to Enjoy the Biltmore Grounds Every Month of the Year

In 1888, George Vanderbilt, grandson of the famous railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, visited the small mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina. Within a year, George decided to build a cozy winter estate in the area—and carved out 30,000 acres as his own.  Today, much of the original acreage has been reallocated to the Pisgah National […]

All Aboard for These 4 Seasonal Train Adventures!

View the beauty of Western North Carolina from a different seat—a train seat!  If driving through WNC has lost its fun, consider taking a passenger rail instead. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers family-friendly diesel or steam train excursions from their historic depot. No matter the season, you’re sure to find great options for traveling […]

How to Define Rosman, NC in 3 Surprising Words

What three words would you use to define the riverside town of Rosman, NC? Located southwest of Brevard along Rosman Highway (U.S. 64), this Transylvania County town sits atop several major natural and manmade intersections. It’s location has made the town the perfect spot for scientific research, outdoor recreation, and building a tight-knit community. There […]

Your Complete List of Dog-Friendly Places in Saluda, NC

Great mountain towns deserved to be thoroughly explored, one foot (or paw) in front of the other. And by picking the right places beforehand, it’s easy to bring your dog along. Even though its full-time residents number less than 1,000, Saluda, NC is one such town, full of paw-some spots that both you and your […]

4 Ways to Stay Active All Year in Pisgah Forest

Imagine living in a community surrounded by publicly owned and protected mountain forests. Can you envision the infinite opportunities for outdoor adventures?  For the lucky residents of Pisgah Forest in Transylvania County, that vision is a daily reality! Their active spirits are never tamed by four walls and a full Netflix queue. No, they have […]

3 Important Hiking Tips You Need to Know for Hunting Season

There are many reasons to look forward to autumn in the mountains. Once the temperature dips, the air becomes crisp, and the leaves shift to vibrant reds and oranges, it’s difficult to resist the call of the forest. But people engage with nature in different ways. If you’re out hunting for the perfect trail, don’t […]

3 Fun Facts about Bow Hunting in the Mountains

From Odysseus to Robin Hood, prehistoric peoples to Olympic gold medalists, archery has arguably always been a part of human history. That history is no less vibrant here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Native Cherokee have shared bow hunting traditions for generations. And locals enjoy archery as a backyard hobby, as a sport, […]

7 Swimming Holes You Need to Try this Weekend

If you’ve gone all summer without spending an afternoon in one of our natural mountain swimming holes, we daresay you’ve wasted your time. Luckily for you, this summer season is lasting a little longer than usual, giving you more time to get out and enjoy all the natural wonders that Western North Carolina has to […]