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. […]

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 […]

Nantahala Games this Weekend at NOC

On June 27th and 28th, Nantahala Outdoor Center will be hosting the Nantahala Games, the largest citizens’ whitewater race in the country! The weekend will feature a Whitewater Slalom Kayak and Canoe Race, a Downriver Race as well as a Freestyle Competition. In addition, there will be great food, fabulous sales at the NOC Outfitter’s […]

Bear Safety – What to do if You Encounter a Bear

In light of recent reports of an aggressive bear near Mt. LeConte this week, its not a bad idea to go over bear safety once more. Black bears are a big attraction here in the Smoky Mountains. They are beautiful and generally peaceful animals that would really rather avoid contact with humans. But make no mistake – […]

Local Business Highlight – It’s A Girl Thing

When you are in downtown Bryson City, take a few minutes to pop into It’s A Girl Thing and check out their adorable new offerings for Summer. You will be sure to find something unique, fun and absolutely adorable for that special little girl in your life. It is a great place to shop for clothing, […]

Local Artist Highlight – Drew Campbell

Since receiving his first Kodak Brownie camera for Christmas as a child, Drew Campbell has loved photography. He strives to find new ways to capture common subjects like the fall colors, a sunset on the ocean or new fallen snow in the mountains and the results are simply stunning. Drew’s love of nature and the Smoky […]

Come See the NRC Whitewater US Open at Nantahala Outdoor Center

On Saturday and Sunday, March 28th and 29th, Nantahala Outdoor Center will be hosting the Nantahala Racing Club Whitewater US Open Slalom and Wildwater Competition. During this event, elite paddlers, up-and-coming youth and junior athletes and even a few ambitious amateurs run a challenging slalom course through the Nantahala Falls in this southeastern classic hosted […]