Round 2 is LIVE!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Adventure Town Contest! (August 7th - September 11th)

Who will be crowned the South’s top outdoor towns in 2017? Our team and readers narrowed the field to 48 mountain biking meccas, paddling paradises, hiking nirvanas, and much more.

Click on each town to learn more about their outdoor recreation opportunities!

The first round lasts two weeks and each successive round will last one week. Rounds end at 9 am on their respective Mondays. Voting will resume at 12:00 noon that same day for the towns and cities that advance to the next round.

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Asheville, N.C.
Population: 87,800
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Hike to the summit of Craggy Pinnacle
●Trail run or mountain bike at Bent Creek Experimental Forest
●Canoe and camp the French Broad River Paddle Trail
Website: http://www.exploreasheville.com
FB: Asheville
Instagram: visitasheville

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Black Mountain, NC
Population: 7,800
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Hike Graybeard Trail
●Mountain bike the Kitsuma Trail
●Trek the Seven Sisters mountain range
Website: http://www.exploreblackmountain.com
FB: visitBlackMountain
Instagram: visit_blackmountain

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Brevard, N.C.
Population: 7,600
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Fish on the Davidson River
●Mountain bike in Pisgah National Forest
●Hike and hunt for swimming holes in DuPont State Forest
Website: http://www.brevardnc.com
FB: TranslyvaniaCounty
Instagram: visitwaterfalls

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Bryson City, N.C.
Population: 1,436
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Mountain bike at Tsali Recreation Area
●SUP on the Little Tennessee and Tuckasegee Rivers
●Fish at Fontana Lake
Website: http://www.greatsmokies.com
FB: BrysonCityNorthCarolina
Instagram: brysoncity

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Boone, N.C.
Population: 17,100
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Climb at Ship Rock
●Paddle or fish the Watauga River
●Mountain bike at Rocky Knob Bike Park
Website: http://www.exploreboone.com
FB: BooneNC
Instagram: exploreboone

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Chattanooga, Tenn.
Population: 167,674
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●SUP the Tennessee River
●Ride the singletrack at Raccoon Mountain
●Learn to hang glide from Lookout Mountain Flight Park
Website: http://www.chattanoogafun.com
FB: ChatanoogaFun
Instagram: chatanooga_fun

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Cherokee, NC
Population: 2,100
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Hike the Mingus Creek Trail
●Mountain bike the new 10 mile trail system in town
●Fish for trophy trout in the Raven Fork
Website: http://www.visitcherokeenc.com
FB: ohnsonCityCVB
Instagram: visitcherokeenc

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Damascus, Va.
Population: 800
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail
●FlyFish at Whitetop Laurel
●Backpack up Virginia’s highest peak, Mount Rogers
Website: http://www.visitdamascus.org
FB: DamascusVAEvents
Instagram: damascusvirginia

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Fayetteville, W.Va.
Population: 2,900
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Paddle the New River Gorge and Gauley River
●SUP at Summersville Lake
●Bike the Arrowhead Trails
Website: http://www.visitfayettevillewv.com
FB: visitfayettevillewv

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Franklin, NC
Population: 2,100
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Fish and explore the Cullasaja Gorge and its waterfalls
●Hike the Bartram Trail
●Climb the Wayah Bald Fire Tower via the Appalachian Trail
Website: http://www.discoverfranklinnc.com
FB: http://www.facebook.com/DiscoverFranklinNC
Instagram: visitfranklinnc

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Front Royal, VA
Population: 14,400
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Go hiking on the Appalachian Trail
●Canoe the Shenandoah River
●Take a Sunday drive along Skyline Drive
Website: https://frontroyalva.com/101/Visiting
FB: VisitFrontRoyal
Instagram: warrencountyoh

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Johnson City TN
Population: 66,500
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Fish the South Holston River
●Ride the Tweetsie Trail
●Hike the White Rock Trail in Buffalo Mountain Park
Website: http://www.visitjohnsontn.com
FB: JohnsonCityCVB
Instagram: visitjohnsoncity
Photo Credit: Digital Fridge

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Knoxville, TN
Population: 179,000
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Ride the South Loop Trail in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness
●Fish at Seven Islands State Birding Park
●Hike House Mountain
Website: http://www.visitknoxville.com
FB: visitknowvilletn
Instagram: visitknoxville

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Lewisburg, WV
Population: 3,800
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Fish and float the Greenbrier River
●Hike Kate’s Mountain loop in Greenbrier State Forest
●Bike the Greenbrier River Trail
Website: http://www.greenbrierwv.com
FB: CityofLewisburg
Instagram: gbrvalleywv

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Lexington, Va.
Population: 7,300
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Scramble over Devil’s Marbleyard
●Hike beneath the Natural Bridge
●Search for swimming holes on the Maury River
Website: https://lexingtonvirginia.com/
FB: lexingtonva
Instagram: visitlexingtonva

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Morehead, Ky.
Population: 6,800
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Angle for musky at Cave Run Lake
●Hike the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail through Daniel Boone National Forest
●Take a climbing day trip to the Red River Gorge
Website: http://www.moreheadtourism.com
FB: MoreheadTourism
Instagram: moreheadtourism

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Norton, Va
Population: 4,000
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Bike-to-climb along the Guest River Gorge and Trail
●Send problems on High Knob’s boulders
●Mountain bike the newly developed Flag Rock Recreation Area trails
Website: http://www.explorenortonva.com
FB: ExploreNortonVA
Instagram: nortonvirginia

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Ohiopyle, Pa.
Population: 40
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Raft the Lower Youghiogheny
●Hike the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
●Cruise the Great Allegheny Passage
Website: http://www.discoverohiopyle.com
FB: laurelhighlandsPA
Instagram: laurelhighlands_pa

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Richmond, Va.
Population: 217,900
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Raft down the James River
●Bike the Buttermilk Trail
●Picnic at Belle Isle
Website: http://www.visitrichmondva.com
FB: VisitRichmondVA
Instagram: visitrichmondva

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Roanoke, Va.
Population: 99,400
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Boulder at McAfee Knob
●Ride mountain bikes to Mill Mountain Park
●Float the Roanoke River
Website: http://www.visitvbr.com
FB: roanokeoutside
Instagram: roanoke_outside

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Spruce Pine, NC
Population: 2,100
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Hike the Appalachian Trail through the Roan Highlands
●Float and fish the North Toe River
●Camp and kayak on site at Springmaid Mountain
Website:
FB:
Instagram:

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State College, Pa.
Population: 42,000
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Go rock climbing at Panther Rocks
●Hike up Mount Nittany
●Mountain bike in Rothrock State Forest or Bald Eagle State Park
Website: http://www.visitpennstate.org
FB: visitpennstate
Instagram: visitpennstate

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Waynesville, NC
Population: 9,900
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●Admire elk in the Cataloochee Valley
●Hike the Art Loeb Trail
●Road bike the Coleman Mountain Panther Creek Loop
Website:http://www.experiencewaynesville.com
FB: WaynesvilleNC.gov

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Woodstock, Va
Population: 5,200
Must-Do Outdoor Activities:
●View the “Seven Bends” of the Shenandoah River from Woodstock Observation Tower
●Hike Big Schloss
●Go four-wheeling at Peters Mill & Taskers Gap ATV Trails
Website: http://www.visitshenandoahcounty.com
FB: VisitShenandoah
Instagram: shenandoahtravel

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