Going for Olympic Gold

A 17-Year-Old North Carolina Slalom Canoeist Is Headed to Tokyo  Evy Leibfarth, a 17-year-old slalom canoeist and kayaker from Bryson City, N.C., will be competing...

Paddling the Wild South: Six National Wildlife Refuges to Kayak this Summer

Preserving precious patches of habitat across the country, America’s national wildlife refuges are hubs of biodiversity and havens for native wildlife. In the Southeast,...


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Harrisonburg, VA: An Appalachian Trail Community

Perfectly located between Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest, there’s a hiking trail for every adventurer in Harrisonburg, Va. You can warm up in one of Harrisonburg’s parks such as: Riven Rock Park, where you’ll find a scenic spot beside the Dry River with picnic sites, natural surface trails, and plenty of room to explore. Walk or bike the Bluestone Trail through Purcell Park, take in the sites along the pollinator trail around Lake Shenandoah, or wander through herb and pollinator gardens, mighty sycamore trees, and wetland habitats at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.


Handpicked articles from our current and past issues.

Finding Home with Suz Slezak of David Wax Museum

Photo by Tristan Williams For our May issue, artists across the Blue Ridge talked with BRO about what it meant to make music in a...

Forget Paris (For Now)

Local Landscape Offers Hopeful Reassurance During a Milestone Celebration Long before I learned the word coronavirus, I had a plan for my 40th birthday last...

New Arrival

Former Texas Guitar King Redd Volkaert Moves to the Blue Ridge Redd Volkaert is a guitarist’s guitarist. Revered as a master of honkytonk, country blues,...

Kitchen Scraps

How Learning to Compost Spiraled Into a Personal Climate Crisis From inside my compost container, the kitchen scraps mock me. The rotting apple core reminds...

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.


SALEWA | The Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX
The Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX boot from Salewa features a breathable GORE-TEX membrane, a supportive and comfortable fit for long days in the mountains, as well as a Vibram sole to handle the most rugged trails. Shop the Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX for comfort, protection and performance.


Cool down in the waters of the Blue Ridge. We’ve rounded up some of the region’s best boating spots—from raging rivers to flatwater lakes.

Your Beatering Is Not Cool

The rise of beatering - frankly some of y'all are starting to sketch me out. Whitewater is enjoyed best by doing it well.

Ten Tips for Canoeing With Kids

Recently my wife and I hit the river with our 3 year old and our 1 year old. Here are our ticks to canoeing with kids.

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Drive-In Camping: Top Spots to Pull Up and Pitch a Tent

Some of the South’s best adventure begins at family campgrounds and more secluded forest road campsites. Here are a few of the best.

10 Stunning Viewpoints Along the Appalachian Trail

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

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.