3 Easy Waterfall Hikes near Brevard You Should Try This Weekend

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 hidden trails and lookout spots dotted throughout our local mountains and protected forests. And each offers its own unique perspective on native […]

5 Food Holidays You Should Celebrate in Brevard this April

From National Pizza Day (February 9) to National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day (October 21), there are a lot of “national” occasions to celebrate your favorite foods. Yes, we’re not entirely sure where many of these “holidays” originated. However, we’re always happy to pay homage to the splendor of tacos (October 4), nachos (November 6), popcorn (January […]

Agents Answer: What are the Best Ways to Stay Active in WNC during the Winter?

Seasonal claustrophobia is coming early this year!  Now that winter has officially begun, many people are worried about being stuck inside all season. All the board games have been played, the jigsaw puzzles have been made, and it’s seriously time for a digital detox. Luckily, there is always plenty to do outside in WNC to […]

Agents Answer: Where in WNC is the Best Dining with Great Views

Western North Carolina is known for a wide variety of things: Craft brewing, a heritage of handcrafted art, a growing foodie scene, and access to one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse mountain habitats in the world. Living in a culture with just one of those elements would be a special experience. But living […]

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. […]

Making the Right Choice: The Cradle of Forestry

It’s a crisp fall afternoon in the depths of Pisgah National Forest, another day of endless sunshine and outdoor possibility in the vast mountains of Western North Carolina. Sitting at a table on the back patio of the Cradle of Forestry, Devin Gentry scans the bright and robust foliage surrounding the large building. “I think […]

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 […]