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 […]

Everything You Need to Know about the French Broad River: A Beginner’s Guide

The evolution of brachiopods. Giant insects. The entire history of the dinosaurs. The rise of mammals. Possibly four of Earth’s five prehistoric mass extinction events. The mighty French Broad River has seen it all. Continue reading for: French Broad River at a Glance French Broad River History & Geography French Broad River Climate & Wildlife […]

Amazing Mountain Drives You’ll Want to Take this Weekend

Of all the great things about living in Western North Carolina (and there are many!), the best is being surrounded by scenic mountains! Even in rainy winter months, it’s easy to get out and enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains from the safety of your cozy car. Western North Carolina is famous for its scenic roadways. […]

3 Thrilling Reasons to Ski the Slopes of WNC

For many people in the mountains, a foot of snow can hinder them from getting to work and earning a paycheck. For others, their very livelihood is dependent on powdery fresh snow. Winter sports are a big draw for outdoor enthusiasts, and resorts across Western North Carolina depend on that enthusiasm. Have you ever visited […]

8 Places to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree in Western North Carolina

Did you know that North Carolina produces more than 20% of the real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year? That makes us second in the nation for the number of trees harvested and for cash receipts. Of the estimated 50 million Christmas trees grown by 1,600 growers across 25,000 acres in the state, […]

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 […]