DEPARTMENTS

QUICK HITS

Crowded A.T. West Virginia’s new bouldering park New Virginia license plate to honor runner Gravedigger race

FLASHPOINT

Only 45 red wolves remain in the wild—all in North Carolina. A small group of landowners wants their protections removed. A decision next month will decide whether red wolves go extinct.

THE DIRT

Scott Jurek broke the A.T. speed record last summer. Can his friend and fellow ultrarunner Karl Meltzer notch a new record in 2016?

THE GOODS

Adventure guide Sara Bell shares her swimming hole gear essentials.

TRAIL MIX

Mandolin master Sam Bush explores his songwriting side on new album.

FEATURES

ADVENTURE U

Need to ditch the books and play hooky? Here are the 10 best college campuses in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic for outdoor adventure.

PARK N’ PLAY

Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday by splashing in one of these 10 swimming holes in the Smokies, Shenandoah, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

FIRED UP

Smokey the Bear got it wrong: forests need wildfires to stay healthy. But are we willing to allow wildfires to burn? Fires in Linville and Shenandoah spark new debates.

FIRST OBSTACLE COURSE

A tough mudder race tests an again dad.