Hazardous conditions due to rockslides that occurred last weekend have closed the Nantahala River through the Nantahala Gorge according to the U.S. Forest Service. That means all boating and other uses are prohibited through one of the most popular areas for outdoor water recreation in the region.
Western North Carolina received some big checks this week from Appalachian Regional Commission. WNC Farmers Market received $1.25 million for expansions but that’s not the only local organization that was awarded funding.
The number of visitors at Dupont State Forest more than doubled this decade. It’s just one of the many outdoor destinations that has helped form Asheville and Western North Carolina’s national profile. Something else is now getting national attention – the region’s industry that builds the products those outdoor visitors use.