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  1. A Guide to the 9 Highest Peaks in Jackson County (and How to Hike them All)

    Jackson County, North Carolina, is a peak-laden paradise for summit seekers, filled with mountains more than 6,000-feet in elevation.

  2. How to Have an Awesome Microbrew Tour in Jackson County

    The Jackson County, North Carolina, Ale Trail makes for a compact, craft-brew loaded pub crawl.

  3. Can't Miss Stops Along the Highest Section of the Blue Ridge Parkway

    The Blue Ridge Parkway snakes though some the East Coast’s most stunning scenery. The last must-do miles in Jackson County, North Carolina, showcase everything from wildflower-flecked Appalachian balds to dense evergreen forests.

  4. An Insider's Guide to Panthertown Valley: The Yosemite of the East

    The 67,000 wild acres of towering granite domes and high altitude mountain bogs that are found in North Carolina's Panthertown Valley are a hiker’s paradise.

  5. Hiking to the Yellow Mountain Fire Tower: The Toughest Hike in Western Carolina?

    The hike to the Yellow Mountain Fire Tower is considered one of the toughest in North Carolina.

  6. The Best Spots for Camping Under the Stars: Backpacking Your Way through Jackson County

    Jackson County, North Carolina, is loaded with soaring 6,000-foot peaks amid a massive expanses of forest, offering endless options for camping under the stars.

  7. Done in a Day: Exploring the Southern Smokies from Sylva

    The best day excursions in the southern part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  8. The Best Trail to Pub Pairings in North Carolina

    Combine North Carolina's wealth of outdoors adventures with excellent microbrew options on our beer tour.

  9. 10 Lesser Known Autumn Adventures in North Carolina

    Get away from the crowds with these lesser known (but entirely worthwhile) North Carolina adventures.

  10. 10 Must-Visit Waterfalls in Western Carolina

    In the wild and rugged corner of North Carolina, Jackson County is filled with a wide variety of waterfalls that will impress any hiker. Here are 10 of the best.

  11. 48 Hours of Adventure: The Ultimate Weekend Getaway in Jackson County

    Situated in the western corner of North Carolina, Jackson County is an explorer’s paradise and the perfect destination for an epic weekend away.

  12. 7 Must-Do Hikes Along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

    Some are short, some are long, all of these hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway are worth putting on your Western North Carolina hiking bucket list.

  13. Backpacking North Carolina's Linville Gorge Loop

    Boasting epic views, old growth forests, and a cascading mountain river, North Carolina's 22-mile Linville Gorge Loop is one of the premier backpacking trips in the Southeast.

  14. 5 Waterfall Swimming Holes in Western North Carolina

    A guide to some of the best swimming holes in Western North Carolina, only with a twist: they're 5 swimmable waterfalls!

  15. Good Times & Bad Luck: A Pisgah Mountain Biking Adventure

    Weekend warriors need equal parts good beta and good luck. Let’s start there.

    We’re not professional mountain bikers. We have real jobs, wives, houses. When I floated the idea of meeting in Brevard, NC for a weekend of mountain biking, it wo...

  16. How to Become Asheville’s Next Outdoor Legend

    Becoming an outdoor legend in Asheville takes hours on the trail, survival training, never-ending workouts, and a heart of gold. Good luck.

  17. 3 Epic Cycling Routes in the South

    From the tallest peaks to the coastal retreats, here are 3 Epic Cycling routes in the south that you don't want to miss.

  18. 6 of the Best Summer Hikes in Asheville

    Don't let the warm weather keep you from enjoying these six summer hikes in Asheville that offer cooler temperatures, cold creeks, and stunning views.

  19. Hiking to the Top of Looking Glass Rock

    Hiking to the top of Looking Glass Rock is one of the most iconic hiking experiences you can have in Western Carolina. Here's how to do it.

  20. The Best Day Hikes on the Mountains to Sea Trail

    Hiking the entire 680 current miles of the MST not in the cards? Check out these great day hikes along the Mountains to Sea Trail.

  21. Physiology, the Runner's High, and the Power of Mitochondria

    Sara Molskness, an Asheville runner with a degree in exercise physiology, may understand the "runner's high" better than just about anyone.

  22. Autumn in Asheville

    Autumn in Asheville is gone in the blink of an eye. Be sure to embrace the season for as long as you can by visiting these five festivals.

  23. 5 Top Spots for Bouldering Around Asheville

    From iconic rocks to local climbing walls, climbers have plenty of great spots for bouldering in the Blue Ridge region around Asheville.

  24. The Best Day Hikes on the North Carolina/Tennessee Section of the Benton MacKaye Trail

    Find the easiest, hardest and most scenic sections of the spectacular Benton MacKaye Trail is it winds through North Carolina and Tennessee.

  25. Why We Need The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

    The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy works to preserve the farms, forests, and mountains that make Western Carolina great.