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Sunrise was still hours away when the day started at Lake Logan. With the first starting gun firing at 7…

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Taking a walk with Ila Hatter is the outdoors equivalent of sitting beside a scrapbooker as she pages through the…

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Thanks to the generosity of dear friends, my family gets to vacation on Isle of Palms every summer. If you…

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More than 100 people filled the room at Asheville’s Crowne Plaza Hotel earlier this month, but they weren’t there for…

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The summer is shaping into a pretty good rafting season for Tee Davis. “It’s awesome, man,” said Davis, owner of…

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The next USDA Forest Service public meeting regarding the National Forest Plan Revision will be held from 9 a.m. to…

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It’s no secret that an accurate weather forecast is hard to come by in the Smokies. But after two months…

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Walk into Bowed Up Outdoors, and the first thing you’ll notice is the friendly banter moving back and forth between…

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Thanks to the generosity of a friend, my family and I spent a long weekend on Fontana Lake. The small…

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It wasn’t until Brad McMillan got his canoe on the water that the moment hit him. He’d been preparing for…

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It’s a little after 7 p.m. when the first trolley shows up to Elkmont Campground. Green, red and yellow, the…

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The cosmos loom large and wondrous again, and much of the credit goes to one charming, affable but steadfastly rigorous…

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A black bear — and possibly one of its cubs — is dead after a run of bird seed raids…

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Rhododendrons are opening deep pink blooms along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and new spring foliage blends into a bright blue…

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The Tennessee Valley Authority, in 1984, found itself with an extra $14,000 lying around. The money was available for outreach…

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To the untrained eye, the tree looks like just another evergreen, just another species thrown into the mix of natural…

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When the Campus Conservation Nationals Competition wrapped up this spring, Western Carolina University came out near the top of a…

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Take a walk in mid-May, and you probably won’t get far before finding somebody bent over a garden bed, weeding.…

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The grassy field is empty and the playground vacant as the sun sheds evening beams across the grounds of Cowee…

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I was invited to help lead a bird walk focusing on wood warblers at this year’s 64th annual Spring Wildflower…

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When I finally roll up Pavilion Road for my casting lesson, I’m nearly half an hour late. A wrong turn…

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The woods are quiet on a cool Saturday morning in late March. There’s no wind swaying the still-bare trees or…

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As stand after stand of towering hemlocks falls to the appetite of an insect smaller than a grain of rice,…

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Somewhere beyond the rain and clouds, in the wee hours yesterday morning (April 15), there was a striking blood moon…

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Western North Carolina is covered with more than 1,500 square miles of national forest, and residents often measure their assets…

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Despite last week’s chill and blustery snow, we are in the throes of spring migration. Actually, migration never stops. There…

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Warmer weather is on its way, but along with the sunny afternoons comes the return of ozone season. A bad…

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It’s been nearly eight years since Amy “Willow” Allen passed through Western North Carolina as a tired-and-hungry AT through-hiker. But…

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No, I’m not late. I’m not talking about puking green beer or waking up with Leprechauns — I’m talking about…

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It’s a chilly day on the Tuckasegee River. Air temperature is in the mid-40s, and the water isn’t much warmer. …

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By Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent About a year ago, Patrick O’Neal bought an old, chrome-rimmed Schwinn bicycle. He was just…

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People say the corporate world has no soul. Corporations don’t give a rat’s behind about their employees, especially after they’re…

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Heidi Dunkelberg is determined to make hops synonymous with Western North Carolina. “I’ve got to figure it out,” she said.…

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Not just anybody can keep up with Jim Pader. Last year alone, he hiked 534 miles and has logged 738.4…

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Take an evening walk through the woods this time of year, and odds are you’ll hear the grumpy quacking of…

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A river of burnt umber flows every year from southern Canada through the U.S. to the oyamel fir forests in…

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For every degree of cold or inconvenience, wintry weather adds two of beauty. Members of Waynesville’s Lens Luggers photography club…

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No better way to celebrate a big thaw than an impromptu field trip. We rounded up kids, friends and friends’…

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There’s nothing abnormal about the pair of armchairs in Jim and Baraba Mills’ living room, or about the television —…

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In my youth, never did a B-western movie make it to the end without the bad guy being cornered and…

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The silence seeped from the mountain ridges and hung heavily over the forest, silence like a deep well, so deep…

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Looking for something fun for the kids on a cold and/or rainy winter’s day. The Discovery Place in Charlotte has…

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From the oil fields of North Dakota to the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, the U.S. oil and gas industry is…

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I mentioned the fact a couple of weeks ago that N.C. House Bill 74— the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013…

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Evergreen Packaging’s Canton paper mill will be writing some big checks over the coming years as it moves to comply…

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The annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place Saturday, Jan. 4. In the weeks prior to the count many…

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By Colby Dunn • SMN correspondent Perched atop the crest of a mountain, with two slim pieces of fiberglass strapped to…

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Survey your supermarket and you’ll see pretty much the same stuff anywhere in the country: oranges from Florida, onions from…

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This appears especially true in the Old Home State where the (first in over 100 years) Republican triad used the…

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