Saharan dust plume to arrive in Southeast this week

Saharan dust plume to arrive in Southeast this week A Sahara African dust plume is making a 5,000-mile journey...

Forest Service Issues Warning About Black Bears in Pisgah National Forest

Photo of black bear by heckepics courtesy of Getty Images The Pisgah National Forest warns visitors to North Mills...

After bear approaches, New Jersey hiker dubbed ‘Calm Queen’

After bear approaches, New Jersey hiker dubbed ‘Calm Queen’ A 25-year-old hiker is praised for keeping her cool after...

National Park Service awards $1.9 million for the return of Native American remains and sacred objects

Photo by NPS National Park Service awards $1.9 million for the return of Native American remains and sacred objects

Patagonia and other outdoor companies pull ads from Facebook and Instagram

Patagonia and other outdoor companies pull ads from Facebook and Instagram Patagonia is the latest outdoor company to take...


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Blue Ridge Parkway Increases Recreational Access to Additional Areas in NC and VA

Beautiful view looking down on the Blue Ridge Parkway. North Carolina, USA - Photo courtesy of Getty Images Following...

The Outdoor Industry Opens Again—with Precautions

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FIND Outdoors Announces Reopening Plans for Appalachian Ranger District Campgrounds

FIND Outdoors, a 47-year-old nonprofit based in Pisgah Forest, is working closely with the US Forest service to safely reopen Black Mountain,...

WV State Park campgrounds open May 21 to residents + NC’s DuPont State Recreational Forest begins phased reopening

Parking along Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road is now prohibitedVisitors to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest should be aware that parking or...

How to Safely Go Outside ?

Photo by Ellen Kanzinger As states begin to lift restrictions and parks are reopening, we encourage folks getting outside...

Pisgah National Forest will begin reopening trails and roads and lifting restrictions on dispersed camping

The Pisgah National Forest began to reopen many trails and roads and partially lift restrictions for dispersed camping May 14, using a...

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Summer is here and America’s national parks are brimming with visitors. If you currently are or plan to soon be on of those visitors, you’ll want to be aware of this awesome new resource.

Pick Your Poison: Ivy, Oak, or Sumac

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Dispatch from the Great Alabama 650

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Swimmers’ Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway

For 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridgeline of the Southern Appalachians, connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina with Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Along that stretch of two-lane blacktop are countless trails and backroads -- some of which lead to ice-cold swimming holes.

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