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February and Warm Weather!

Winter! What a great time to be outdoors, on our hiking or biking trails. We're experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures.  Join us for a guided ranger hike at Lake James, or practice your mountain biking skills on Kitsuma Peak! Check our Facebook page for updates and news.

Outdoor Explorations!

Delight in the great outdoors, all winter long! Our mild winter temperatures create ideal conditions for outdoor fun. Explore the 19 hiking trails and 8 waterfall trails scattered throughout our region of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!  Mountain biking trails are also available year-round.  Kitsuma Peak-Young's Ridge, the mountain ...

13th Annual Tour de Lure

The ride begins and ends at the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion. A 71-mile route through scenic farmland in McDowell county, climbs up Stone Mtn., passes through Chimney Rock and around beautiful Lake Lure, before a return to McDowell County via the Assault on Mt. Mitchell route.  The ride boasts ...

November 2nd - Fall Color Report

It doesn't get much better than a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway with bright sunshine, 65 degree temperatures and fall leaves!  Today, traveling the Parkway between Milepost 331 (at the intersection of the DiamondbackNC aka NC Hwy. 226-A) and Milepost 344 (intersecting NC. Hwy. 80 aka the Devil ...

Fall Color Report - Week 8

Today, October 26th, the weather AND fall colors are close to perfection. I traveled between Linville Falls and Little Switzerland, taking in a few back roads. As predicted, the southern mountainsides are showing about fifty percent green leaves, while the northern views remain colorful. Although, a few trees have lost ...

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