The visitors center building at the Wright Brothers National Memorial is getting an upgrade! It will be undergoing renovations until late summer/early fall 2018 to improve the building and to install brand new interactive exhibits. The main grounds of the memorial will remain open and a temporary facility has been setup near the parking lot. The park service is advising that due to the nature of the temporary facility, visitors will spend most of their time outdoors and should prepare and dress accordingly. The grounds at the memorial are open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
On Saturday, May 20th, the Cradle of Forestry in America will be hosting a BioBlitz event at the Pink Beds Picnic Area. This free event starts at 7:00am and goes until 2:00pm. There will also be a guided night walk from 7:30pm – 10:00pm. During the event participants will have an opportunity to work along side scientists, professors, and other professionals taking photos and recording observations of the plant species that are found. Everyone is invited to attend regardless of your skill level. Pink Beds is a very beautiful section of the forest this time of the year so this is sure to be a popular event. Last year over 175 plant species were identified.
After being destroyed by the wildfire of November, 2016 that ravaged the area around Whitewater Falls, the US Forest Service has announced that the viewing area at the falls is being rebuilt and will be reopened by July 4th, 2017. Until then, this extremely popular area will remain temporarily closed while crews work to restore the facilities.
Updates can be found on the Forest Service website page for Whitewater Falls.
Chimney Rock State Park of Western North Carolina has a coupon that gets Mothers in for free this weekend! We can’t think of a better spot to spend Mothers Day as this park is a absolute gem. There are numerous views, hiking trails, and picnic spots that would make for a memorable weekend with Mom. Be sure to watch our video on the park so that you know all there is to do at this great spot!
Today (May 13th, 2017) marks 100 days until the solar eclipse event of 2017 that will occur on Monday, August 21st. While solar eclipses happen often, this will be the first time in 26 years that a total solar eclipse will occur over the United States. This particular eclipse will cut right across the US including a large portion of Western North Carolina and much of South Carolina creating unprecedented viewing opportunities. Where are the best viewing spots? There are going to be many as the path of totality, the eclipse shadow, passes generously over a wide area of the Carolina’s just after 2pm. Since the event is occurring on a Monday, you can makes plans for an epic weekend of adventure that is crowned with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of viewing one of the most beautiful sites – a full and complete total solar eclipse.