Guest Appreciation Festival this Weekend at Nantahala Outdoor Center

It’s that time of year again! This weekend, Nantahala Outdoor Center will host their annual Guest Appreciation Festival featuring tons of fun activities, great deals on new and used gear, arts and crafts, lots of great bands and of course, the famous Gear Marketplace. If you have never been to GAF, as it is affectionately […]

Fall Color Viewing Tips

The autumn leaf color show in the Smoky Mountains attracts visitors from around the world each year. For many visitors, the number one question is: “When is the peak color?” No matter when you plan an autumn visit in October or early November, you can take a short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or other mountain roads […]

Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct

After more than 40 years on the Endangered Species List, the elusive Eastern Cougar has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cougars, also called mountain lions, pumas, panthers, or the colloquial southern term “painters” have made their mark with many creeks, mountains, ridges and roads throughout the state bearing their name. […]

Viewing Elk in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has an abundance of wildlife and it is a real treat to get to see a bear, deer or elk during your visit. You will, of course, want to get photos of these beautiful creatures but it is important to make sure you do so safely. We have covered bear safety in previous […]

Get Inspired in Bryson City

  “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” -John Muir, 1901 John Muir is often referred […]