Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper

Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper

  • April 30, 2016

  One of the pleasures of residing in or near the woods of the Southern Appalachians is looking forward to the bloom of specific woodland plants as the year rolls by. Last year we missed the bloom of the small…

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Pocket This New Guide To DuPont State Forest

Pocket this New Guide to DuPont State Forest

  • April 8, 2016

DuPont State Recreational Forest, commonly known as DuPont State Forest, or simply DuPont, was created in 1997 with a sale of over 7,500 acres to the state of North Carolina. Today DuPont comprises over 10,400 acres of permanently protected land…

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A Classic Guidebook Goes Out Of Print

A Classic Guidebook Goes Out of Print

  • March 31, 2016

It's a little bit sad to see a favorite old guidebook go out of print. After nearly 25 years, it can be hard to let go of piece of outdoor literature that has led the way to so many epic adventures, so…

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New Trails Map Gives Back To Tsali

New Trails Map Gives Back to Tsali

  • February 29, 2016

Western North Carolina's Tsali Recreation Area is such a classic outdoor destination that anyone familiar with the trails of the Southeast likely knows of it, and countless outdoor adventurers have been introduced to mountain biking, hiking, or running on the trails there. That's why we're so…

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Jim Parham Named To 100 Outdoor Pioneers List

Jim Parham Named to 100 Outdoor Pioneers List

  • February 15, 2016

It's been nearly 25 years since Jim Parham began his career as an outdoor guidebook author with the publication of his first book, Off the Beaten Track: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina. This month, Parham was…

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Backcountry Skiing In The Smokies

Backcountry Skiing in the Smokies

  • January 29, 2016

If the prolonged power outage is rarer in western North Carolina than it used to be, perhaps it's because in the last decade the winters have been bringing us less snow. But last weekend we had a nearly perfect storm—for…

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Riding Out The Storm

Riding Out the Storm

  • January 22, 2016

Long power outages aren’t as common as they used to be in the Smokies, but when they happen, we’re ready. Here in rural western North Carolina just four or five inches of heavy wet snow can be enough to cause the lights to…

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Happy Rainy New Year

Happy Rainy New Year

  • December 30, 2015

In this very wet ending to 2015, we went in search of the silver lining in all the rain we've had: rushing, gushing waterfalls. Our hike took us to Snowbird Creek in Graham County, NC,  where we chose a shorter version of…

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How To Cross A Creek

How to Cross a Creek

  • December 15, 2015

There's more than one way to cross a creek. We're talking about  a "wet crossing" here—one without a bridge, a log, or stepping stones to rock-hop over. Regardless of the stream depth, it always means getting your feet immersed in the…

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