Summer in the mountains is certainly not as grueling as it is down south. However, Asheville is still much warmer than higher elevation areas like Boone and Blowing Rock. By the time we reach August and September, residents are ready for a break from the heat and humidity here in the French Broad River Valley. 

Fall is almost here. Soon the days will get shorter, the temperatures will be cooler, and the leaves will begin their incredible display of color. We will welcome thousands upon thousands of tourists to our area. 

Fall colors are not just for tourists. Western North Carolinians want to explore the beauty of Autumn as well. One of the best ways to see the leaves is to go on a hike; however, if you are wearing an orthopedic brace or artificial limb, you want to make sure to minimize the risk of injury. 

We want to help make sure you are prepared for enjoying our area and aware of some of the best places to get out and about. 

Walking, running, and hiking are a way of life in western North Carolina. Our area is surrounded by thousands of miles of greenways and backcountry trails to explore. Downtown Asheville and surrounding neighborhoods are walkable, with plenty to see and do while you're on foot. However, if you have a condition such as foot drop, you may find this area is challenging.

Here is what you need to know about foot drop and how you can find help. 

To a parent, your child is perfect. Nothing can change that. You want everything in their life to be as easy to navigate as possible. We all want our children to have better, easier lives than we had. However, there are some things that are out of our control. One of those is whether or not a child will experience limb loss or limb difference at some point in their life. 

If you are the parent of a child who undergoes an amputation or was born with limb difference, we know you have a lot of questions. We will not necessarily be able to answer all of them, but here are a few of the ones we hear most frequently.

Asheville is one of the best places in which to live or visit in North Carolina. There is so much to do here it is almost impossible to get experience it all in the season. From hiking and mountain biking to whitewater rafting and fishing, the city is within just a short drive of almost any outdoor activity imaginable. While it gets pretty warm here, we do not experience the same extreme heat as places like Greenville and Charlotte. We also get a break from the sweltering, oppressive humidity associated with the South. When the mercury does climb to uncomfortable levels in the valleys, people in the area know they can go to some of the higher elevation areas or take a dip in one of the cold-water swimming holes. Our area has the highest concentrations of waterfalls, natural swimming areas east of the Mississippi River.