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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 6 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. The Best Places to Paddle in WNC

    Here are four of the best places to paddle in Western North Carolina, according to local professional athlete Chris Gragtmas.

  18. 11 of the Nation’s Best Hikes

    By no means an exhaustive list, here are 11 hikes across the country that simply have to be on your radar -- from the rolling mountains of the southeast, to the jagged peaks of the west, to the canyons, waterfalls, and old-growth forests of the Pacific Coast. Happy trails!

  19. 15 Outdoor Adventures to Knock Off Your Asheville Bucket List in 2016

    You'll find epic hikes, spectacular waterfalls, mountain vistas, and incredible trips on this Asheville bucket list of outdoor adventures.

  20. Protecting the Linville Gorge Wilderness

    In 2013, a wildfire burned 2,500 acres of the Linville Gorge Wilderness, leaving it susceptible to invasive species like the Princess Tree. Here's how one group is helping to tackle the problem.

  21. The 5 Most Photogenic Landscapes Near Asheville

    Asheville is filled with scenic landscapes, but here are the top 5 places to take spectacular outdoor photography.

  22. 4 Epic All-Day Hikes Near Asheville

    A guide to some of the most epic hikes near Asheville that will keep you moving from sunup to sundown.

  23. Three Times When Hiking in the Blue Ridge Didn't Go As Planned

    Hiking in the Blue Ridge usually offer some spectacular adventures, but you can’t plan for everything, and things don’t always go your way.

  24. 8 Romantic Excursions in the Blue Ridge Mountains

    Whether you're on a date or in a long-standing relationship, these romantic excursions in the Blue Ridge Mountains are sure to light a spark.

  25. 5 Perfect Ways to Combine Running and Brunch in Asheville

    Start the morning off right with a scenic run and a hearty meal at these great destinations that combine running with brunch in Asheville.