61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Proponents seek permanent protection of Overflow Creek area near Highlands

Almost four months have passed since Macon County commissioners first heard arguments for and against a proposed status change to the Overflow Wilderness Study Area which borders the Blue Valley Experimental Forest south of Highlands. The change would see the area renamed the Bob Zahner Wilderness Area and gain the permanent protections provided under the 1964 Wilderness Act.

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The Jackrabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails are the North Carolina National Forest’s newest mecca for mountain bikers and hikers.

Tracing the edges of Lake Chatuge peninsulas, this trail system features 14 miles of trail and offers nearby camping at Jackrabbit Mountain Campground. People travel from Asheville, Atlanta and beyond to experience this biking and hiking hot spot in the Nantahala National Forest.

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As 2011 begins, Friends of the Smokies celebrate the success of its “bear” license tag and express appreciation for all the green and black tag owners across the state of North Carolina. Through the purchase of the tag throughout the year, more than $356,000 will go to support a variety of projects in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Some of the projects made possible by the plate revenues in 2010 include creating exhibits for the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, which will officially open in the spring; providing educational programs for North Carolina schoolchildren; supporting the ongoing elk project in Cataloochee, as well as black bear conservation efforts; and supporting the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center at Purchase Knob, near Maggie Valley.

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