- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Two new maps have been issued to help those looking for the best places to see fall color in western North Carolina.

Haywood and Jackson counties have each issued new hiking maps with suggestions for scenic places this fall, the Ashville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/10ZsO0n) reported.

Ken Czarnomski of Waynesville has released his latest art with the Haywood Tourism Development Authority. It’s a single-page guide to a 7-mile loop in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area, part of the Pisgah National Forest. The area is at about 4,000 feet above sea level where leak colors are at their peak.

The area can be accessed off the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Graveyard Fields and off N.C. 215 near Canton.

The map was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act.

The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is promoting the towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire.

The county has released a new hiking map with directions to 19 waterfalls, nine hiking trails, several golf courses and whitewater rafting and water sports outfitters.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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