World’s best paddlers battle for the Carolina Cup this weekend Some of the best standup paddleboarders, prone, kayak, surfski and OC endurance racers from around the world will compete this weekend in Wrightsville Beach, NC for the Carolina Cup. Competitors include Olympians and world-record holders all the way down to first-time paddlers. The event will…

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Pennsylvania to close one of its most scenic and popular hiking trails The Pennsylvania Game Commission is closing one of the state’s most popular hiking trails due to concerns about the trail’s safety. Beginning May 1, the Glen Onoko Falls Trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park will be closed to the public. Over the years,…

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Chronic wasting disease not detected in deer in NC or KY A fatal brain disease that affects many members of the deer family, including elk, moose and deer, has not been detected in the latest tests on deer in North Carolina and Kentucky. In recent tests, North Carolina alone took samples from more than 10,000…

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Virginia Runner Sets Record with 10 Marathons in 10 Days Michael Wardian is at it again. The 44-year-old, Arlington-based ultrarunner, well known in the running world for setting a range of long-distance records that are both amazing and a little strange, won the World Marathon Challenge for the second time in February. Runners in the…

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Duke Energy ordered to relocate all coal ash to lined landfills in NC Earlier this week, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that Duke Energy is required to drain all 31 of the company’s coal ash ponds across the state. For decades, ash from coal-fired power plants has been mixed with water and…

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The most diverse salamander habitat on Earth threatened by North Carolina highway expansion The North Carolina Department of Transportation is proposing to widen NC Highway 191 in Asheville, a two-lane road near Bent Creek and the French Broad River. The area contains wetlands that are home to the most diverse salamander habitat on the planet,…

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Peregrine falcons abandon Blue Ridge Parkway cliff nests Peregrine falcons form lifetime bonds and use the same cliff face nest sites year after year to raise their young. Cliffs along the Blue Ridge Parkway have long been used as nest sites by peregrine falcons, including favorite nesting sites at Devil’s Courthouse, located at milepost 422…

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Indian Trail and Hanging Rock Trail Hanging Rock is one of my favorites!! There are plenty of trails, and I have run almost all of them.  Here is one that we do fairly often because it has all the great highlights: creeks, waterfalls, climbing, views, and post-run beer. The Trailhead for this one is Flinchum…

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s $25 billion budget includes a line item that could impact the state’s wind energy future. The proposal asks for $300,000 to study the state’s potential to manufacture, ship and service offshore wind turbine components that are now imported from Europe. A number of states in the Northeast have done their…

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UGA study reveals that 89 percent of visitors to public land support Wilderness Wilderness designation is a tool for permanent protection of the South’s wildest places, but how do Southerners feel about wilderness areas? With population swelling in the South, should wilderness areas be opened to resource extraction, or are wilderness areas more vital than…

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NC bill would require all cyclists to register their bicycles House Bill 157, introduced by Representative Jeffrey Elmore, R-Wilkes, would require all NC cyclists riding on a public street or highway to pay a $10 registration fee and attach a registration plate to the back of their bicycle or risk a $25 ticket. The fees…

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Thanks to collaboration from a variety of groups, North Carolina may double the number of Wild and Scenic Rivers this year Here’s a sign of just how loaded North Carolina is with spectacular, free-flowing mountain creeks: a gem like the North Fork of the French Broad River is not even that famous. After heavy rains,…

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Seven Destinations To Get In On The Action There’s a brutish undercurrent gaining momentum in fly fishing. Across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, anglers are taking the delicate tools and techniques traditionally associated with surface-sipping trout, and they’re adapting them to pursue warmwater fish. While fly fishing for bass and bream is not new, this evolution…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park hires first female chief ranger to oversee law enforcement Lisa Hendy, a 26-year National Park Service veteran, has become the first female chief ranger in the Resource and Visitor Protection Division at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hendy will oversee law enforcement duties, emergency medical services, wildland fire operations, search…

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