To many Western North Carolina residents, the region’s parks and recreational areas represent a chance to experience our state’s natural beauty and preserve its rich history. But what’s often overlooked is these attractions’ key role in bolstering local economies.
The Tuesday, May 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting might be one for the books, as the board will discuss a new art, culture and history project that may result in the addition of a new landmark on the horizon. The board will discuss this, as well as a few environmental interests.
Brace yourselves — the plant enthusiasts are coming. From Tuesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 19, Western North Carolina will once again play host to the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, an annual event with workshops and field trips exploring many aspects of native plants. Get a feel for the conference with a video tour of the plants of Black Balsam Ridge.
The art of picnicking goes way back. Omar Khayyam waxed poetic on the perfect outdoor dining experience in the 12th century (“A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou / Beside me singing in the Wilderness”). Medieval nobleman paused in their hunts to dine en plein air, and hundreds of years later, Britain’s […]
Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods is pleased to announce that a section of the Parkway from Milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road to Milepost 355, near the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park, is once again open for travel.
On Nov. 19, Buncombe Commissioners will consider spending $69,000 on a conservation easement to protect 121 acres of land from development on Long Mountain in the Upper Hominey area.
The wild blueberries are ripe for the picking along the Blue Ridge.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is now closed from Milepost 375, a few miles north of Asheville, to Milepost 355 at N.C. 128/Mount Mitchell State Park, according to the National Park Service.
Just in time for the busy spring tourist season, the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen a stretch of roadway connecting the popular Craggy Gardens and Mt. Mitchell State Park areas.
The Blue Ridge Parkway’s new plan aims to provide guidance for perpetuating natural systems, preserving cultural resources, and providing opportunities for high-quality visitor experiences along the parkway for the next 20+ years. After more than 75 years since the parkway was established, this is its first comprehensive management plan.
In yellows, reds and oranges, fall has arrived in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Here are a few of the Instagram photos that people have taken and shared throughout the week. (Featured image courtesy of @Jennifer Sadler on Instagram)
As you’re surely aware, tens of thousands of enthusiastic festival goers will descend upon downtown for the annual Bele Chere festival this weekend. In response, we bring you a host of other options, including outdoor activities, readings, theater and even wrestling, all for little or no cost. However, should you be into that sort of thing, be sure to check out our special Bele Chere edition (online and in print) for a complete guide to the madness.
Take a hike, learn about aquatic life or browse local crafts. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost weekend entertainment.
Go for a hike, browse antiques, check out local music or contribute to a community darkroom, all for less than a fast food value meal. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost weekend entertainment.
On the slopes of Mt. Mitchell, the rain and sun did this for a while Friday
With the Thanksgiving crowds far away, it was a clear and cool day on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville on Nov 24. This scene: the Cowee Mountains Overlook, with its southward view not far from Waynesville. (photo by Margaret Williams)
At 5,500 feet above sea level, the clouds often touch Craggy Gardens. And winter comes sooner, as it did Oct. 29. Video by RomanticAsheville.
The proposed overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway of downtown Asheville is a horrific idea [“Skyline Item,” Aug. 24 Xpress]. While I can certainly understand the perceived potential for increased revenue that might be gleaned, it is doubtful that we would see much difference; Asheville is heavily advertised already. An overlook of a city would […]
Scenic summertime photos around Western North Carolina.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
Scenes along the Sam Knob Trail in the Black Balsam area (milepost 420) off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
Photographs of spring along the Blue Ridge Parkway.