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Six Sensational Winter Activities

Six Sensational Winter Activities

Six Sensational Winter Activities 1 1 Take a hike One advantage of winter hikes? You can see everything. The subtle contour of the mountains. Long range views of neighboring states. And the ever-present green of our mountain rhododendron. In short, winter hikes are a favorite winter time activity in these parts. Hikes to John Rock and Looking Glass Rock are perennial favorites. You can find a wide selection of hikes here. X 2 2 Have a thrill on the hill  What could be more fun than an evening snow skiing or snow tubing with the family (weather permitting) at the Ski Sapphire Valley? They will be open Dec 17-Jan 1, then on weekends, Fri-Sun, after the holidays. They will also be closed on Jan 16th and February 20th  for national holidays.  X 2 3 Turn, turn, turn Ever wanted to learn how to throw a pot? Tie a fly? Build your own fly rod? In Transylvania County, local organizations and businesses offer lots of opportunities to learn (or hone) a craft. Our Calendar of Events is a great place to discover a new hobby. X 3 4 Check the thermometer for a deep freeze Typically, we get several hard freezes every winter. The result is one of the most dazzling sights you’ll ever behold: frozen waterfalls. Looking Glass Falls is one of the most easily accessible (on US 276), but there are plenty more options if you’re willing to take a short hike. Smaller waterfalls tend to freeze more frequently, so it’s... Read More
Rock of Ages: Looking Glass

Rock of Ages: Looking Glass

Rock of Ages: Looking Glass Western North Carolina offers more rock climbing than any other state east of the Mississippi River, with more variety, diverse rock types, and climbing styles to boot. And Looking Glass Rock is the King Daddy of them all. Fortunately, Transylvania County is home to a number of professional climbing outfitters, most notably Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School and Pura Vida Adventures. Any one of them would be an ideal starting point to arrange guide service and instruction, buy or rent equipment, or just get pointed in the right direction. In the mean time, here’s a brief introduction to North Carolina climbing and its most famous monolith, Looking Glassby veteran climber Ron Funderburke: “Once a climber has spent enough time seeking instruction and mentorship, they will probably learn to lead climb. In North Carolina, the sport of climbing did not emerge at our most prominent crags; it was, in fact, intentionally eschewed when climbs could be naturally protected. So, the North Carolina lead climber must learn to lead traditionally protected routes. But that’s okay, because there are hundreds of such routes, at all difficulties. You can stand in a 500 foot sea of eyebrows, jam and stem your way up long corner systems, or grapple endless edgy face climbs at Looking Glass Rock.” Directions to Looking Glass: “From Brevard, take Hwy 276 North into the expansive Pisgah National Forest. A left turn on Forest Road 475 will wind its way past the hiking trail... Read More
A Week In The Woods: Serious Adventures

A Week In The Woods: Serious Adventures

A Week In The Woods: Serious Adventures Spending a week in Transylvania County invariably leads to this epiphany: “I could spend a lifetime here and still not see all of it.” And you would be absolutely correct. But don’t dwell on this fact. Dive in and see just how exhausted, dirty, sweaty, stinky, sore and, yes, blissful, you can get in just a few days. Choose from the activities below to fill out your week: Canyoneering Joe Moerschbaecker isn’t content to show you Transylvania County’s legendary waterfalls from a distance. He wants you to become one with them. His company, Pura Vida Adventures, leads canyoneering trips that include rappelling down the face of some of the most beautiful cascades in North America. Exhilaration and safety go hand in hand in these one-of-a-kind excursions. Pura Vida is the only commercially accredited canyoneering company in the eastern U.S. Backcountry camping in Gorges State Park There have been lots of recent improvements to this jewel of a state park, including access roads, trailheads, parking areas and a spanking new visitor center. Which means it’s now easier than ever to shuck off civilization and get deep into this spectacular wilderness. Your best bet is to park at the Grassy Ridge parking area and descend to the Horsepasture River. From here, head downriver. The further south you go, the wilder it gets, but you’re sure to find a spot that fits your description of the perfect campsite. Trail Running Looking Glass Rock Any reasonably... Read More