Asheville outdoors/environment

International Fly Fishing Film Fest comes to Asheville on Tuesday

International Fly Fishing Film Fest comes to Asheville on Tuesday

The films will be shown at Highland Brewery’s tasting room starting at 7 p.m.

2012 Adventure Film Festival in Asheville Oct. 24-25

2012 Adventure Film Festival in Asheville Oct. 24-25

“Grab hold of your life and make your own legends.”

Outdoor fun coming soon: 2012 Asheville Idiotarod Shopping Cart Race

Outdoor fun coming soon: 2012 Asheville Idiotarod Shopping Cart Race

Five people per team. Get a shopping cart, wear costumes (Mad Max, smurfs, superhoeroes) and get to the finish line.

CONTEST OVER Win two tickets NOW to family-friendly river festival, Long Man Fest on Sat.

CONTEST OVER Win two tickets NOW to family-friendly river festival, Long Man Fest on Sat.

One last ticket giveaway for the new river festival this weekend.

CONTEST OVER Win a family pack of tickets NOW to the Long Man Fest on Sat. October 13

CONTEST OVER Win a family pack of tickets NOW to the Long Man Fest on Sat. October 13

New French Broad festival celebrates autumn, food, beer, music and riverside fun for the whole family.

Photos: Asheville Treetops Adventure Park opens Saturday

Photos: Asheville Treetops Adventure Park opens Saturday

Zipping, climbing, walking, swinging. This park has it all, and then some.

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park opens Sept. 29

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park opens Sept. 29

Located next to Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures in West Asheville, the new attraction offers climbing, zipping and rappelling.

And they’re off…

And they’re off…

Video of this morning’s start to the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon & 5K.

City of Asheville: New link on Reed Creek greenway open

City of Asheville: New link on Reed Creek greenway open

Another way to enjoy gorgeous September weather: New greenway near Montford.

Ten days left to vote for Asheville in ‘Best Mountain Towns’ poll

Ten days left to vote for Asheville in ‘Best Mountain Towns’ poll

Because we never win anything.

Outside mag picks Asheville as a top-twelve U.S. river town

Outside mag picks Asheville as a top-twelve U.S. river town

More praise for our water and beer in an article that gives props to the Bywater.

Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community apple-picking festival is Sept. 8

Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community apple-picking festival is Sept. 8

Apple pie, apple cake, apple cider and as many organic apples to take home as you can carry.

West Asheville Garden Stroll, Urban Plant Walk, Burton St. Agriculture Fair all set for Sept. 8

West Asheville Garden Stroll, Urban Plant Walk, Burton St. Agriculture Fair all set for Sept. 8

Three events for plant-lovers happen today, Asheville. Grab some summer before it’s all gone.

Tonight: Oskar Blues bike benefit with music, chef-prepared food

Tonight: Oskar Blues bike benefit with music, chef-prepared food

Beer & off-road bikes at Jack of the Wood: Enjoy Oskar Blues beers, a special small plate menu, live music & giveaways.

New river outfitter Southern Raft Supply grand opening is Sept. 1

New river outfitter Southern Raft Supply grand opening is Sept. 1

Check it out next to Watershed Drybags and below Cheney Graphics at 2000 Riverside Dr.

Southern Green Living Expo is Sept. 14-16

Southern Green Living Expo is Sept. 14-16

Annual event showcases sustainable economics and environmental stewardship.

New Navitat zipline fan video

New Navitat zipline fan video

Sailing over the trees… It’s like a horizontal skydive.

Pisgah Paragliding: Local pilots want to bring adventure flight to Black Mountain

Pisgah Paragliding: Local pilots want to bring adventure flight to Black Mountain

Anybody want to support a new tandem paragliding business in Black Mountain?

Hotter Than Haiti 10K road race in West Asheville Saturday

Hotter Than Haiti 10K road race in West Asheville Saturday

Benefit road race along the river supports Consider Haiti, the former Mission Manna.

French Broad RiverFest 2012 is Aug. 11

French Broad RiverFest 2012 is Aug. 11

Music, beer, bellydancing, aerial arts, food trucks and the “Anything That Floats” parade.

From RiverLink: Important info about RiverMUSIC

From RiverLink: Important info about RiverMUSIC

Where to park. No dogs, no outside food/alchohol, and don’t cross the tracks.

Carolina Runner blog: Two full marathons come to Asheville in 2013

Carolina Runner blog: Two full marathons come to Asheville in 2013

The AC-T half-marathon expands, and a new event comes to the Biltmore Estate.

Asheville Triathlon returns Sunday

Asheville Triathlon returns Sunday

The Asheville Triathlon returns on July 22 after taking last year off.

Pictures of Asheville: River reflections

Pictures of Asheville: River reflections

Last night’s sunset over the French Broad. Photo by Bill Rhodes.

Bluegrass on the river: RiverMUSIC this Friday with Sanctum Sully, Bobby Miller & the Virginia Daredevils

Bluegrass on the river: RiverMUSIC this Friday with Sanctum Sully, Bobby Miller & the Virginia Daredevils

Free event that starts at 5 (music at 6 p.m.). 117 Riverside Dr.

Sierra Nevada’s new Mills River brewery site shaping up to be ‘recreational haven’

Sierra Nevada’s new Mills River brewery site shaping up to be ‘recreational haven’

Possibilities include walking trails, an outdoor music venue and boat access on the river.

Pictures of Asheville: Gay 5K poster

Pictures of Asheville: Gay 5K poster

Blue Ridge Pride event July 14 in Carrier Park. “No, you don’t have to be gay to run.”

Enter with Ashvegas to win free Runway 5k race registration, $25-$35 value

Enter with Ashvegas to win free Runway 5k race registration, $25-$35 value

Thanks to the Asheville Regional Airport for offering this promotion.

Nature video: Up close with a wild fawn at The Cove

Nature video: Up close with a wild fawn at The Cove

Amazing nature video shot at Billy Graham’s training center in Asheville, The Cove. “This delightful little creature was spotted outside our administration building at The Cove in Asheville, NC. Mama was watching from the woods.”

Alert for Shut In Trail Race runners: Applications go out in August

Alert for Shut In Trail Race runners: Applications go out in August

That’s the word from Jus’ Running, which also suggests an upcoming race would be good for Shut In training: All of you Shut In runners and wanna be Shut In runners, think seriously about running the Daniel Boone Scramble 15K Run . The applications for Shut In will be out the first week in August and the Daniel Boone Scramble[Read More…]

40 years later, we can thank ‘Deliverance’ for helping launch South’s outdoor industry

40 years later, we can thank ‘Deliverance’ for helping launch South’s outdoor industry

The movie Deliverance forever installed the toothless redneck and “squeal like a pig” in the public consciousness. But it also helped inspire a businessman to open a rafting business on the Chattooga River. Here’s the well-written press release from loyal reader Kathi: In 1972, four fictional Atlanta businessmen got more they bargained for when they headed out in search of[Read More…]

Outside magazine blogger picks Navitat zipline as one of 5 best in U.S.

Press release here: Outside magazine’s Adventure Adviser blogger recently named NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES one of the nation’s five best tours to go zip-lining in the wilderness. Located on 240 acres of forestland just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, NAVITAT showcases the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from a course of artfully designed sky bridges, rappels, tree-based platforms and[Read More…]

Video: Cliff jumping on the French Broad

Video: Cliff jumping on the French Broad

Daredevils with waterproof videocameras and editing software take some dizzying jumps into the river, and film themselves…all the way down. Mildly NSFW due to language.

Atlanta-based firms buy into Nantahala Outdoor Center

Press release here: The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) announced today that it has completed a significant equity investment enabling the company to repurchase the majority of its common stock including its Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The investment was led by NOC President & CEO Sutton Bacon with partnership from Atlanta-based firms Five Stand Capital, Mariner Holdings, and Sea Oats Group.[Read More…]

Outside magazine names Asheville a top 10 river town

Outside magazine has named Asheville a top 10 U.S. river town, and it is asking the public to vote to pick the overall winner. Outside is partnering with American Rivers, a top river conservation organization, on the contest. Here’s what American Rivers says about Asheville: The French Broad River flows right through town and offers a 120-mile paddle trail with[Read More…]