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Fall leaves | © Ronda Birtha 2008

WHERE WNC BEGINS First Day of Fall 2020 Fall leaves along Yellow Creek Road in Graham County | © Ronda Birtha We may not have been setting temperature records lately but the cool days and cooler evenings a promise of something pleasant and hopeful to look forward to. What is that? First, let’s drop some…

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Charlie Kissling - Walnut Hollow Ranch

WNC Agritourism Done Right at Walnut Hollow Ranch Meet Charlie Kissling; owner of Walnut Hollow Ranch, member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and an engaged participant in the Visit NC Farms program. Arriving a bit early for my appointment I find Charlie giving a tour of the ranch to a family so I…

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Visit NC Farms

Visit NC Farms App – Connecting You to Local Produce, Local Business and Local Fun Are you looking for farm fresh produce, eggs, fruits, and vegetables? Is beef what’s for dinner – if only you could find a farm that raises Angus responsibly? Has COVID-19 curbed your travel options and you’re now looking to take…

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On the Road with Riley - Fires Creek

Fire’s Creek in Hayesville, NC – A Local Favorite with Lots to Offer Back on Firm Ground This week, we are back on firm ground, exploring the trails at the Fires Creek Recreation Area in the Nantahala National Forest. Fires Creek is composed of a variety of paths of differing lengths. For those in search…

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On the Road with Riley - Lake Hiwassee, Murphy, NC

Early Trip Down Hiwassee Lake in Murphy, NC So far in “On the Road with Riley,” we have hiked, biked, and run across the Appalachian terrain. This, however, does not fully encapsulate the vast array of adventures that await in Western North Carolina. Therefore, on this outing, we took to the waters for an early…

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On the Road with Riley - Panther Top

On the Road with Riley – Panther Top Tower Trail Are you interested in a relatively easy hike with a phenomenal view? Do you enjoy exploring old logging roads that snake through the Appalachian wilderness? Are you preferential to trails that are open to both dogs and horses, as well as foot and bike traffic?…

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On the Road with Riley - Jack Rabbit Trails, Hiawassee, NC

On the Road with Riley – Jack Rabbit Trails Trailhead at Jackrabbit Mountain in Hayesville, NC | photo by Riley Lachance I recently visited the Jackrabbit Mountain trail system for a mountain biking excursion with my dad. Let me begin by stating that I am by no means an expert mountain biker (hiking and running…

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Riley LaChance, guest vlogger at Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce hikes Piney Knob Trail in Murphy, NC

Piney Knob Trail Running, Hiking, or Biking? Yes. Are you interested in exploring the tranquil wilderness of Western North Carolina? Are you in need of a hiatus from the monotonous expanses of concrete that have engulfed much of our world? Do you yearn for a place in which the only sounds are those of chirping…

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Famous North Carolina Barbecue; visitors from all over the world have heard tell of it. But what many do not realize is even in North Carolina there is a Barbecue debate. Both traditional styles are pork based but the debate for “the Best” is regional with Lexington style and Eastern Style. The important differences are…

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Or just drinks….. Well our pick for August was Daily Grind & Wine; Forks and Corks 2019 Best Drink Winner. This little joint is truly the local hang out. Whether your popping in for breakfast, lunch or an evening with friends you can’t help but notice the camaraderie and cozy atmosphere. To quote the Grind’s…

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