Rocks and Ropes

Downtown Greenville is in dire need of a good rock climbing gym. At one time there were two, Urban Crags and Rocks and Ropes. Urban Crags closed down years ago and Rocks and Ropes has now moved from Main St. to the Blue Ridge area, but it is now open for business. Seems to me the new Ray Kroc Center would be a good place for a rock climbing gym (and a skate park). 

Distance from downtown Greenville: 14 miles.

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Google on Main follow up

I just read on the Random Connections blog that Google is hosting an internet poll to see which city is most deserving of the new Google Fiber. You can actually vote once per day until the polling ends.  Follow this link: 

From the City of Greenville newsletter:
Saturday, March 20, 2010  
7:30 PM 
 Meet behind The Peace Center 

Google is looking for one city around the country to invest billions of dollars in order to try out experimental ultra-high speed broadband internet. Come show your support for why they should select Greenville! The event will include thousands of people with LED-powered, Google-colored glow sticks walking in "fiber" lines into Falls Park and forming the letters "Google." Helicopters and national media will be filming the event from above. Let's make Greenville shine! 

Click here to sign-up.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 0 miles.

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Linville Gorge

Linville Gorge, called the Grand Canyon of North Carolina by some, is a rugged and remote area just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Linville, NC. There are several trails that descend into the gorge to the Linville River.  It's a truly amazing wilderness area but remember that if you make it to the river, you have to climb back out. The trails are rugged and rarely flat.  See more here and here.

Swimming Hole at the junction of Babel Trail and Linville River.

Top of Linville Falls

Linville Falls

Linvillle Falls up close.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 110 miles.

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Top of the Hops Beer Festival

Holy cow. Are you kidding me? Greenville is actually hosting a brewfest again? Yep. I've been pushing for a Greenville Beerfest ever since the two year old Greenville Beerfest closed shop several years ago. Now I see Greenville is hosting another beerfest.  If you attend, make sure you spend time at my friend Tom's booth.

Click here for the details. Top of the Hops Beer Festival

Distance from downtown Greenville: 0 miles.

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Worley Cave

Worley Cave is a wild and relatively untouched cave located on a farm in Bluff City, TN. The owner of the cave allows exploration of the cave with a qualified guide.

Mountain Adventure Guides offers reasonable prices for qualified guides.

This isn't like Lurray Caverns. It's totally non-commercial. It is unspoiled and very deep.  You will get very dirty, rip your clothes, climb, slide and be expected to walk through an underground river to exit the cave.  You will also have a blast.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 161 miles.

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