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Seasonal closures in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests have begun, with affected roads closed to motorized vehicles through April.…

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The 3.5-mile hike to the top of Pinnacle Rock is a heart-pumping one, the old logging roads that now serve…

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Twelve rock faces in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are closed to climbing, rappelling, hang-gliding and other activities through…

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A recreational racing program will offer skiers and snowboarders of all abilities the chance to push their speed with weekly…

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Help clean up the Tuckasegee River with Trout Unlimited at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. 

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Two road sections in the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed for bridge replacement through…

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