Family missing while hiking near Blue Ridge Parkway found safe

Family missing while hiking near Blue Ridge Parkway found safe A family who did not return from their hike...

Where Do We Go from Here?

Outdoor recreation advocates, event producers, and retailers discuss how the pandemic is affecting outdoor recreation in our region and where the industry...

Rabid bobcat found in Lexington County, SC

Rabid bobcat found in Lexington County, SC A bobcat is the latest animal to be found infected with rabies...

Plans for mountain bike trails in Virginia Beach state park are canceled

Plans for mountain bike trails in Virginia Beach state park are canceled Mountain bike trails proposed for First Landing...

Blue Ridge Parkway Road Closures Update

Access to Explore Park via the Parkway Restored from the North Closures South of Explore Park Remain

OUTDOOR RECREATION RE-OPENING: UPDATES

Find out what trails, campgrounds, parks and recreation areas are opening up and when

Blue Ridge Parkway Increases Recreational Access to Additional Areas in NC and VA

Beautiful view looking down on the Blue Ridge Parkway. North Carolina, USA - Photo courtesy of Getty Images Following...

The Outdoor Industry Opens Again—with Precautions

The outdoors is open.  Photo: Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountain Peaks and Spring Rhododendron Flowers Blooming along the Appalachian...

FIND Outdoors Announces Reopening Plans for Appalachian Ranger District Campgrounds

FIND Outdoors, a 47-year-old nonprofit based in Pisgah Forest, is working closely with the US Forest service to safely reopen Black Mountain,...

WV State Park campgrounds open May 21 to residents + NC’s DuPont State Recreational Forest begins phased reopening

Parking along Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road is now prohibitedVisitors to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest should be aware that parking or...

How to Safely Go Outside 

Photo by Ellen Kanzinger As states begin to lift restrictions and parks are reopening, we encourage folks getting outside...

Pisgah National Forest will begin reopening trails and roads and lifting restrictions on dispersed camping

The Pisgah National Forest began to reopen many trails and roads and partially lift restrictions for dispersed camping May 14, using a...

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The Best Summer Ever at the Springs

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Every National Park Map Now Digitized for Your Convenience

Summer is here and America’s national parks are brimming with visitors. If you currently are or plan to soon be on of those visitors, you’ll want to be aware of this awesome new resource.

Pick Your Poison: Ivy, Oak, or Sumac

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Great Lake: Explore Lake Jocassee

Explore Jocassee Lake—one of the last great places in the world.

Top Ten Flatwater Paddling Paradises

Don’t miss out on these flat water paddling Meccas this summer.

GEAR OF THE WEEK

Helinox Table One

This easy-to-set-up table weighs just 1 pound, 8 ounces and packs away small and simple. It’s a godsend when you stop in a scenic pullout for lunch or to set up camp, unfolding into a stable, spacious tabletop. Bonus points: It’s just as useful on your deck.

PADDLING

Grab a paddle and hit the water with Blue Ridge Outdoors. Looking for a flatwater or whitewater adventure? We’ve got the best river and lake destinations, paddling gear, and tales from the water to get you outside. Whether you prefer a kayak, canoe, raft, or stand up paddleboard, there’s something for everyone.

Verus Kayaks — One Barn, Three Guys, and a Lot of Boats

Meet the Small Team Running a Virginia-based Grassroots Kayaking Company Josh Pecaric falls with style off Wonder Falls...

On Our Backs, Bikes, and Boats

A Self-Supported, Multi-Sport Adventure Right Out the Front Door Earlier this year BRO Travel Editor Ellen Kanzinger and...

On the Water – 2020 Southern Paddling Guide

As summer heats up, there’s no better way to cool down than exploring the waters of the Blue Ridge. With increased access...

Floating with a Purpose

Tires being removed from the Clinch River in southwest Virginia. Communities Tackle Trash Along Virginia’s Clinch River

Dating the Sport: 8 Ways to Fall in Love with Kayaking

All Photos by Allie Meagher How to maintain a healthy relationship with whitewater kayaking

Tennessee-born kayaker makes second tallest waterfall descent on record

Photo by Alejandro Soffia - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ Tennessee-born kayaker makes second tallest waterfall descent on record

Knoxville kayaker drowns in accident on Laurel River in Pisgah National Forest

Paddler on the Laurel River Photo Courtesy of Kevin Colburn Stewardship Director for American Whitewater Knoxville kayaker drowns...
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Swimmers’ Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway

For 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridgeline of the Southern Appalachians, connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina with Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Along that stretch of two-lane blacktop are countless trails and backroads -- some of which lead to ice-cold swimming holes.

How Do I Sh*t in the Woods?

When camping, what is the proper etiquette for taking a sh*t in the woods?

Best of the Appalachian Trail Guide

Need help figuring out your spring break hike on the Appalachian Trail? Check out our guide for two-, three-, four-, and five-day hikes along the A.T.!