Entries by RootsRated

5 Health Benefits of Solitude

In today's overly connected 24/7 society, it can be difficult to find quality time with your spouse, kids and friends — let alone yourself. But carving out some quiet “me” time should be on everyone’s priority list, and even a few minutes flying solo can deliver big benefits.  “Solitude is an intentional period of time set aside to reconnect […]

5 Ways to Welcome Spring in Western Carolina

Long days of sunshine are returning to Blue Ridge Mountains, and a thousand shades of green are returning to the forests, growing brighter with each day. Spring is a beautiful time to live in Asheville, as the surrounding mountains burst to life with wildflowers and roaring rivers. You might find yourself with what feels like […]

5 Fire Towers to Explore in Western Carolina

It's hard to deny the lure of mountain fire towers, with their place in history as guardians of the forest, and the intrigue of the solitary, beatnik existence of the watchmen who were once posted within them. Like lighthouses, these imposing structures still hold a certain element of mystery and nostalgia, and nowhere can you find […]

DuPont Forest – Hiking

Intro DuPont State Recreational Forest is a beautiful 10,000-acre outdoor playground in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With roughly 80 miles of multi-use trails meandering through dense forests, alongside mountain lakes, and next to cascading waterfalls, DuPont is a hiker’s paradise.  What Makes It Great Options are something you’ll have plenty of in DuPont. The 4.5-mile […]

8 Romantic Excursions in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Lovely evening light settles over the ski slopes. Timo Newton-Syms Love birds by day, powder hounds by night: Hit the slopes of Cataloochee Mountain  after dark for an out-of-the-ordinary romantic excursion. The ski resort offers both Twilight Passes (1 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Night Passes (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) so that visitors may discover the distinct […]

7 Short Hikes with Spectacular Views in Western Carolina

If it seems too good to be true, than it probably is. These are wise words to live by, yet we’ve discovered the rare exception to this rule. Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Carolina, if you know where to look, you can find wild, rolling meadows, exposed peaks of bare rock, and views of heart-melting beauty—and […]

4 Frozen Waterfalls To Explore in Western Carolina this Winter

While subzero temperatures and dwindling daylight can really put a damper on our motivation to hit the trail, the Blue Ridge Mountains are never quite as dramatic and ethereal as they are in the depths of winter. Familiar trails are transformed as bare trees unlock long-range views, the balds sparkle under a thick feathering of frost, and […]

11 Tips for Winter Camping

If you typically put away your camping gear during the winter and leave it stowed until spring, you’re missing out on some great days in the outdoors. During the winter, the bare trees reveal mountain views you just can’t get in the warmer months, and the cold conditions drive off the masses, providing a greater […]

Start a New Tradition with a Campfire Holiday Feast

We can all agree that tradition is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Sharing a tradition builds family bonds and provides the comfort of familiarity, but after a while the years can start to blur together until no one can remember what year Uncle Johnny lit the neighbor's yard on fire deep […]

7 Tips for Winter Hammock Camping

With the right strategy, hammock campers can sleep comfortably during cold winter nights. They call it "cold butt syndrome." When you sleep in a hammock, the parts of your body that press against the fabric get cold because they’re more susceptible to the wind. If you camp in a hammock in winter, you need to […]