12 Outdoor Gear Stores that have Everything You Need to Enjoy Nature in WNC

The third oldest river in the world, the French Broad River, along with its tributaries, has been an integral part of the lives of people across the Blue Ridge Mountains for as long as there have been people here. Like a lifeline pulsing through our region, today the river brings countless resources and industries to […]

Everything You Need to Know about River Tubing in WNC

Rivers are an essential component of our region’s lifestyle. They offer a continuous source of enjoyment for the people who live here, as well as visitors from near and far. People of all ages enjoy fishing, paddle sports, and just quietly walking through greenspaces alongside the banks. Throughout the summer, it’s common to see streams […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Haywood Waterways Association

Rivers of live run through Western North Carolina. They sustain plants and animals seen nowhere else in the world. They support a national forest known worldwide for its range of biodiversity. And WNC rivers have played an important role in facilitating tourism and trade. But their popularity among humans for manufacturing and recreation has led […]

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 […]

Mission Accomplished: RiverLink Protects, Perpetuates the French Broad

RiverLink brings kids and nature together. Photo from RiverLink.   It’s a simple question: Would the reboot of Asheville be possible without the restoration of the French Broad River? “I don’t think so,” said Garrett Artz, executive director of RiverLink. “Our organization was formed 32 years ago out of a study that asked the question, […]

Paddle Your Way to the Gold at these 4 WNC Kayak and Canoe Events

Are you a thrill-seeker, riding the whitewater in a custom kayak? Or do you prefer to band together with friends for a fun afternoon of paddling? Whatever your goals, the rivers of Western North Carolina are here to deliver. Quick Link: 10 Local Stores that have All the Outdoor Gear You Need to Enjoy Our […]