6 of the Best Hiking Trails in WNC

Entirely surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western North Carolina provides an outdoor setting like no other. With the highest peaks in the east and what seems like thousands of miles of well-managed trails, locals enjoy the outdoor playgrounds they find right in their backyards. Take time to explore the Blue Ridge and breathe in […]

22 Affordable Summer Adventures Your Kids will Love

Your stash of sidewalk chalk is worn down to nubs. There’s glitter in cracks of your countertops you’ve never noticed before. And you’ve personally seen this episode of “SpongeBob SquarePants” three times so far this week. When does school start back? It may feel like your energy for keeping the kids busy is winding down […]

3 Ways WNC Rivers Support Healthy Life along Their Banks

As Asheville native and environmental icon Wilma Dykeman once wrote:  “Water is a living thing; it is life itself. In it, life began.” It is no coincidence that many of Western North Carolina’s towns were built along rivers. In addition to their life-giving waters, WNC rivers have played an important role in facilitating manufacturing and […]

Help Us Choose the Best Outdoor Fire Space in WNC: Round 1

Which Home has the Best Fire Pit? Click the button below your favorite fire pit to vote now. Click the photo to see the listing. About the Homes: The homes featured in this week’s contest showcase the many fire pit or outdoor fireplace options available to home buyers below $300,000 in Western North Carolina. Learn […]

5 Places in Laurel Park Where You can Enjoy Nature Any Day of the Year

Located just west of Hendersonville is the incorporated town of Laurel Park. Since the late 1800s, Laurel Park has been a premier residential, retirement, and vacation area, in large part because of its spectacular views of the mountains and valleys below. The Town of Laurel Park started as a summer resort featuring cottages, inns, camps, […]

5 Waterfall Safety Tips for a Fun Weekend in the Woods

On hot mountain days, there’s nothing better than a hike to one of the region’s many inspiring waterfalls. Complete with pools of crystal clear water and vibrant green ferns, there’s hardly a better place to cool off! Many area waterfalls are well routed and well recorded, like the iconic 60-foot Looking Glass Falls. Others seemingly […]

5 Awesome Attractions within 5 Minutes of Haw Creek

Just to the east of Downtown Asheville is the scenic neighborhood of Haw Creek. Named for the majestic valley where it lies, homes within Haw Creek are surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains. The neighborhood is crisscrossed by trails, yet is still conveniently located near one of Asheville’s main centers of commerce along […]

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 […]