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A Day on the Lake
Lake Glenville

No matter the season, Lake Glenville extends its aquatic siren call far beyond the confines of the Plateau.

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Create a Natural Garden

There’s nothing shy about the Brown-Eyed Susan, casting its bold-colored blossoms to the sunshine in meadows, gardens, and clearings across

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Walk Under Water
Dry Falls

A potent mix of thunder and mist gives Dry Falls a hypnotic pull that’s almost spiritual.

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Highlands-Cashiers River Otters

River Otters are enjoying their status as the Plateau’s friskiest arrivals. You can spot them at Lindenwood Lake, and possibly other aquatic

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A Bout with Trout

Bringing in the Big Fish demands a herculean fortitude and an almost sisyphean resolve.

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Welcome October

There’s nothing sleepy about this most glorious of months.

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Northern Parula

This elusive, treetop gem of the forest has a sweet, distinctive song.

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Highlands Field Site

Shuttered in 2019, the Highlands Field Site springs back to life with a new team of students/scholars led by Dr. Rada Petric.

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Tackling Upper Silver Run

Silver Run Falls is a sweet destination for everyone. Use caution if you set out to view Upper Silver Run Falls.

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Anxiously Waiting for Options
Fly Fishing

September brings us a meditation on the allure of Wild Trout and the guides who lead us into their hidden domain.

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Views From Whiteside

Don’t let the weather’s unpredictability make you rush your visit to Whiteside Mountain. There’s majesty and mystery in equal measure

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An Adventure to Yellow Mountain

Yellow Mountain rewards adventurous hikers with spectacular vistas.

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Sweet As Can Bee
Killer Bees Honey

It turns out that Killer Bees Honey in Lake Toxaway is the perfect spot for contented honeybees and the people who love them. For information

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It’s the Lily of the Valley

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Our Most Beautiful Songster

The stately Wood Thrush have returned for the Plateau’s summer, and they announce their presence with a lilting song that echoes through the

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The Productivity of Quiet

There’s beauty built into those moments when we slow down and open our eyes and our minds.

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Wanderlust

Though Deena clearly cherishes her life here in the Southern Appalachians, the road is always beckoning.

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At a Glance Waterfall Guide

Enjoy this sampling of area waterfalls, for a deep dive visit thelaurelmagazine.com/recreation.

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Recreation Search

Whether you want to tackle a mountain or sit by a stream, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. This is a premier golf destination, but there’s so much more available. There are streams to fish, public pools and tennis courts to enjoy and playgrounds, too. Winter sports include ice skating, skiing, tubing and hiking.

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