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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:52

Races, paddling, music and more at NOC

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Visitors to the Nantahala Gorge this weekend can take in a full lineup of freestyle paddling competitions, outdoor activities, film…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:51

Be a responsible ramp picker this spring

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Spring means ramp season in Western North Carolina, but the ramp population in Southern Appalachians is being hurt by over-harvesting.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:50

Have what it takes to be a junior ranger?

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:47

Beginners luck, or magic touch?

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Fire is a life source. Without fire or some other form of heat, it’s nearly, if not impossible, to survive…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:46

Volunteers needed to liaison with elk viewers

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to impart wildlife viewing etiquette in high-traffic tourist areas at the…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:45

Delve into nature with Highlands Nature Center day camps

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The Highlands Nature Center is offering a lineup of summer Nature Day Camps for children. Five different camps on ecology…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:45

Stomach bug takes to the A.T.

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A pesky stomach virus has turned up among hikers along the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, especially on a stretch…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:44

Hikes explores pocket of old-growth forest

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A guided hike involving some off-trail bushwhacking to a little-known stand of old growth forest in Graham County will be…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:44

Share your favorite swimming holes

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Don’t be greedy and keep your favorite swimming hole for yourself. A regional environmental organization is developing a new guide…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:42

Arbor Day plantings planned for Island Park

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An Arbor Day flower planting will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, at Island Park in…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:41

Tour de Cashiers bike ride off and pedaling

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Riders are gearing up for this year’s Tour de Cashiers coming on Saturday, May 4. The route will feature stunning…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:40

Poacher gets jail time for killing bear cub

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A Robbinsville man was sentenced to five months in prison last week for killing an black bear cub in Nantahala…
In the buildup to a large environmental demonstration in Raleigh, a climate change rally will be held at 11 a.m.…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:39

Arboretum to host Mountain Science Expo

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When science meets the mountains you get: The Mountain Science Expo. The expo will take place from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:36

News from the A.T.

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Gotta love that A.T. A program on the importance of the Appalachian Trail and ways to promote and conserve it…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:33

Springtime cleanup opportunities

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In an effort to clean up Scotts Creek in Jackson County, a coordinated workday will be launched by volunteers from…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:32

A.T. license plate money awarded to local trail workers

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The Carolina Mountain Club has been awarded $2,200 through the North Carolina Appalachian Trail License Plate Grant Program to help…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:29

Big-time lumberjacks saw off in Haywood

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Professional and collegiate lumberjacks from around the East will soon converge on Haywood County to compete in a top-notch woodsman…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 20:01

Cullowhee race brings back crowd for a second year

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The Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K will race through the Western Carolina University campus and greater Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:59

The reporter that could

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Ahhhh. That is what was my first thought when the rock slipped from under my foot.
Paddlers are salivating over the first-ever whitewater releases offered on the west fork of the Tuckasegee from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:01

Walk, run, get out, get active

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Sarge’s dog walk and run at Lake Junaluska The friends of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation are putting on a one-mile…
Several organizations have won a $214,195 state grant that will allow Macon County landowners improve water quality in the Little…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:58

Local river outfitters sponsors elite paddler

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The Nantahala Outdoor Center has launched its own elite paddling team and signed whitewater slalom paddler Michal Smolen as its…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:22

I once was lost, but now I’m found

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The directions said turn left, so naturally I turned right. I was still an hour drive from Sugarland Visitors Center…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:14

Cubs on the Run 5K kicks off spring

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The family-friendly Cubs on the Run 5K will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Canton,…
Lake Junaluska will host the Friends of the Lake 5K, Family Walk, and Children’s Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:11

Smokies backcountry fee taken to court

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A lawsuit has been filed over a new backcountry camping fee imposed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Southern Forest…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:10

A.T. hiking season kicks off in Franklin

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Franklin will celebrate its love for Appalachian Trail hikers with the annual April Fools Trail Days festival on Saturday, March…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:09

Graveyard Fields overlook to get makeover

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will provide $740,000 for projects and programs on the Parkway this year, including children’s education,…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:45

Booth display class for the farmers market

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Farmers market vendors can get tips on how to set up their booths at a free seminar called “Booth Display…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:35

News from the AT

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Teachers invited to bring the AT into their classroom Teachers and educators interested in incorporating the Appalachian Trail into their…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:31

U.S. 441 through park should reopen by May 15

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Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expected to be repaired and open by…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:30

Mountain scramble to Black Rock

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The third annual Assault on Black Rock will test the strength and stamina of trail runners as they try to…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:28

Hikes of the Smokies series kicks off

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A guided hike in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held on Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:21

Follow me, into the wild

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The last time I went camping I was 10 or 11. I was in my grandparents’ backyard, snug in my…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Climbing event at Chimney Rock

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An event called “Climbin’ the Chimney” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2 is an opportunity to for…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Duke grants to aid education, environment

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Duke Energy is helping to fund new educational and environmental projects as part of its hydropower relicensing agreement in the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:54

Taking the polar plunge

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Around 30 daring souls splashed and jumped into Lake Junaluska last Saturday for the first annual “Polar Plunge” to raise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:51

WCU trail system now open to the public

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Western Carolina University’s new trail system is open and ready for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people turned out…
Shock waves rippled through the mountain hunting community last week as word spread of a sweeping undercover investigation targeting dozens…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently helped the town of Andrews protect and conserve its 930-acre watershed in…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:09

Smokies Association pushes for membership

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association is launching a membership drive in honor of its 60th anniversary this year.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Last call for Polar Plunge

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Wade, dash, splash or take the full plunge into Lake Junaluska from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Bear Creek Lake on upper Tuck gets boat ramp, dock and pier

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A boat ramp on Bear Creek Lake in the Tuckasegee area of Jackson County has been renovated by the N.C.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:04

Wild game on the grill at wildlife club dinner

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The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College is hosting a wild game dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:02

Parkway chief to retire

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Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis has announced that he will retire on April 1 after 41 years in the National Park…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:01

Cataloochee road closed due to wash out

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The gravel road leading into Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was washed out by recent heavy…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:00

Vandals hit park with paint and profanity

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Vandals hit an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park known as “the Sinks” — a popular roadside waterfall…