The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

This year has been hard on everyone, so a few simple comforts can go a long way when it comes to the holidays. With...

North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain Ski Resort Opens Today

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort as of TODAY welcomes guests to safely enjoy the great outdoors! Just in time for the sunny skies and cool temps...

Riding the Tide on Low Country’s Awendaw Creek

It was a warm and sunny morning in early spring when we arrived at Awendaw Creek Canoe Launch, the type of day when better-known...

Fighting Fire with Fire

Richard Ayers, an operations steward with DCR, starts a fire with a drip torch. Photo by Ellen Kanzinger Prescribed burns are being used for land...

Not So Fast

Photo: Lake Jocassee as seen from the Jocassee Gorges Wildlife Management Area. Photo by Travis Hall.  After Local Opposition, State Puts Brakes on South Carolina Bike...

Skiing in a Pandemic

COVID-19 blindsided regional snowsports resorts last spring. Here’s how they’re preparing for winter.  Kenny Hess sat in a conference room at Massanutten Resort surrounded by...

77 Days Alone in the Arctic

Q&A with Jordan Jonas, Winner of the TV Series Alone He was left in the Arctic with only a few tools to survive the winter....

New Artists You Need to Hear

From a folk revivalist to an emerging jazz-funk band, check out these new acts on the rise. It goes without saying that these artists...


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Go out and FIND your adventure with FIND Outdoors!

As we reflect on the year 2020 and the challenges that we’ve faced as a nation and as a planet, one thing remains constant...

Winter Can Never Come Soon Enough at Snowshoe

Winter Can Never Come Soon Enough Our friends at Snowshoe are getting pretty excited about the imminent arrival of the first snow. After all, in...

Go Outside and Play in Hendersonville, N.C.

During a time when we’re all looking for safe adventures in smaller towns with outdoor activities, Hendersonville, N.C., checks all the boxes. Located just...

WanderLOVE: Harrisonburg Is Adventurous by Nature

In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Downtown Harrisonburg offers the perfect base camp for adventure whether your passion is rock climbing, advanced singletrack,...

Become a Blue Ridge Outdoors TrailHead!

As we celebrate our 25th anniversary year of Blue Ridge Outdoors, a year unlike any we have ever experienced, we would like to invite you to become a member of the Blue Ridge Outdoors TrailHeads. Blue Ridge Outdoors TrailHeads are a group of folks who love the outdoors, stay on top of current issues facing the Blue Ridge, truly appreciate our free monthly content in print and online, and want to help us grow by becoming patrons of the publication.


Handpicked articles from our current and past issues.

Ten Spectacular Overnight Trips in Shenandoah National Park

Just 75 miles from Washington D.C. and less than 30 minutes from Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park is ideal as a weekend getaway or as a spot to polish backcountry skills.

10 Stunning Viewpoints Along the Appalachian Trail

Searching for a good day hike? Check out the ten best viewpoints along the Appalachian Trail.

The Eastern Mountain Lion Mystery

Rumors abound that the cat is back—or that it never left.

Ghosts of the Smokies: New Book Unearths History Behind Cemeteries in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Long before it was declared a national park, GSMNP was home to thriving communities of Southern Appalachian highlanders.


Adidas | Five Ten Kirigami

Climbing is a sport that everyone should be able to enjoy at the gym or out on the crags, but the discomfort and price of shoes can be a barrier to entry—so Five Ten crafted the simple and user-friendly Kirigami for kids and adults. The grown-up version features the brand’s famed Stealth C4 rubber for grip and the kids’ models sports an Adfit insole, which can be removed to accommodate those fast-growing feet.


From day hiking on the Appalachian Trail to thru-hiking the Smoky Mountains, hit the trail with us. We’ve got all the guides, tutorials, gear reviews, trip reports, and location suggestions to make your next adventure great. Plus, find news and information about the region’s best areas and explorers here. Look no further than Blue Ridge Outdoors for all your hiking needs.

Gorge-Ous Fall Foliage

An insider's guide to the gorges that provide the most colorful leaf-peeping adventures. I’ve been away from the Blue Ridge mountains for a while. This...

Colors Without Crowds: 10 Fall Foliage Favorites

Autumn can be a great time to get outdoors, but the change in season brings more than those beloved golden-red vistas.

Beer Trails: Combining Scenery and Suds in the South

These craft brewery routes combine the best suds and scenery in the South.

Splendid Isolation

Photo courtesy of Dan DeWitt One stirring view of distant mountain ridges couldn’t ease my persistent case of the Covid-19 blues. Neither could one...

LEKI Unveils UNGROUNDED: A Digital Series Featuring Trailblazing Women in the Outdoors

Where the journey to dreams is revealed through uncommon drive  LEKI is proud to announce the launch of their new digital series UNGROUNDED, created and directed...

The Goods: Cold-Weather Hiking

Winter Trail Don’t let the cold weather keep you off the trails. The following gear makes hiking in the winter months more comfortable and keeps...

The Great American Rail-Trail secures funding to close gaps across four states

The Great American Rail-Trail secures funding to close gaps across four states Check out these Rails to Trails in the Blue Ridge: Click HERE The Rails-to-Trails...

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Fridays on the Fly: 4 Must-Fish West Virginia Trout Streams

Four of the best trout streams that West Virginia has to offer.

Seven Sunset Summits in Western North Carolina

Few things cap off a long day in the mountains like catching a sunset from your favorite summit.

A Murder In The Woods: The Mystery Behind Shenandoah National Park’s Last Homicide In May of 1996, Julianne “Julie” Williams and Laura “Lollie” Winans walked into the woods and never came out alive. Their double-murder sparked shock...