Another pitch for the weekend

Looks like a hit, dry weekend over much of the state, with temperatures suitable for doing a raft of activities.

Rafting, for instance, which I would be doing if I were in Charlotte, where the mercury is supposed to hit 97 Sunday. Sounds like a good reason to visit the National Whitewater Center. Other thoughts (in addition to yesterday’s suggestions):

Dry weather bodes well for dry trails and mountain biking. Looking for a place to ride? Look here.

Hot weather is always conducive to paddling. If you’re not crazy about going far from home, check out the Great Outdoor Provision Co. list of places to paddle near seven North Carolina cities, here.

Don’t mind sweating on the trail? Our sister site,, just posted its recommended hikes for August; check it out here. If you’re looking for a place close to home, we again refer you to the Great Outdoor Provision Co. site and a rundown of hikes we’ve compiled for them.

Too hot for you? Then check out your neighborhood climbing gym. Find it here.

And greenways are always cool, no matter what the temperature. Find greenways across the state here.

Get out and enjoy!

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Your weekend weather …

Asheville: High of 82 Saturday and 81 Sunday, 30 percent chance of rain both days.

Charlotte: High 90 Saturday, 97 Sunday, 30 percent chance of rain both days.

Winston-Salem: High of 86 Saturday, 88 Sunday, 20 percent chance of rain both days.

Chapel Hill: High of 88 Saturday, 90 Sunday, 20-30 percent chance of rain.

Wrightsville Beach: High of 88 Saturday, 91 Sunday, with a 20-30 percent chance of rain.

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