The January Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live! Pick up your copy on newsstands or read online today!

QUICK HITS

The dark lord rises in West Virginia Red wolves and their defender

FLASHPOINT

A hiker comes to terms with increasingly crowded trailheads.

TRAIL MIX

Steep Canyon Rangers’ New Sound Drew Holcomb’s Handpicked Vinyl

THE GOODS

Iditarod runner Peter Ripmaster’s gear picks

BEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE AWARDS

Who are the top raft guides and most inspiring thru-hikers? What’s the best bike shop in the Blue Ridge? Thousands of readers from across the region voted in our seventh annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards, which include 75 categories from the A.T. to zip lines.

BLOOD ON THE ROAD

Collisions and clashes between motorists and cyclists are on the rise. How can our roads be safer for everyone?

NATURAL ASSETS

Can outdoor recreation replace the extractive industries that have dominated the mountains for more than a century? Meet the outdoor entrepreneurs and leaders rebuilding regional economies and transforming Appalachia.

RIDING THE IDITAROD

Appalachia’s John Logar won the 1,000-mile footrace in 2014. He’s headed back to the Alaskan race in 2018—this time, on his bike.