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Spring Into Adventure!

In our region of the Pisgah National Forest, there are 13 hiking trails and 8 waterfall trails open and accessible year-round. Some are easier than others.  In Marion, the McDowell Greenway follows the flow of the Catawba River, with approximately 3 miles of paved, scenic trail open to walkers and ...

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.

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 ...

Little Switzerland - Leaf Report - Week 7

Apologies for this brief report, I'm traveling and "experiencing technical difficulties!" Yesterday, all along the Blue Ridge Parkway between Milepost 350 and Little Switzerland at Milepost 334 was spectacular! Leaves are close to peaking, should be at their peak tomorrow or Saturday.

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