Woman drowns on Nolichucky River while on church rafting trip + Man found dead in Smokies is identified

Woman drowns on Nolichucky River while on church rafting trip A woman on a church rafting trip drowned on...

Body found at Great Smoky Mountain National Park campsite

Body found at GSMNP campsite; Bear scavenging on remains Backpackers in Great Smoky Mountain National Park found an unoccupied...

Ghost Towns of Old Cahawba

An Alabama archaeological park preserves over 500 years of mysterious ruins Rain pools on my windshield faster than the...

Two Tennessee hikers attempt FKT of Smokies trails to raise money for park

Two Tennessee hikers attempt FKT of Smokies trails to raise money for park Two hikers from Tennessee plan to...

A Trail that Connects the AT to the PCT & 6,000 Black Bears in TN

A trail that connects the AT to the PCT? Here’s what you need to know. Thinking of tackling the...

West Virginia’s elk herd continues to grow

West Virginia’s elk herd continues to grow West Virginia’s elk restoration project is wrapping up another successful summer at...

Patagonia to close doors on Election Day; encourage employees to serve as poll workers

Patagonia to close doors on Election Day; encourage employees to serve as poll workers Outdoor apparel company Patagonia announced...

Outdoor Updates: New poll shows that 24.6 million outdoor community members may not vote

September 19 is National CleanUp Day Did your mother always tell you that you should leave a place better...

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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.

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WanderLove Is Calling You to Rockingham County, VA

WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience the mountain peaks, Shenandoah River, and all of the winding roads in between...

The 6th Annual King of the James Adventure Triathlon

This year marks the 6th annual ‘King of the James’ adventure triathlon in Downtown Richmond, Virginia. On Sunday, November 15th, individuals and teams...

Make a Plan: Vote This November to Protect Our Winters

There is a lot at stake this November. And Protect Our Winters (POW) is helping those who play outdoors to make a...

WanderLove Is Calling You to the Shenandoah Spirits Trail

WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience mountainous trails, roadside stands, and all of the winding roads in between when...

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Handpicked articles from our current and past issues.

Fridays on the Fly | The Mysterious Musky

The Fish of 10,000 Casts, fly guides stalk the menacing and mysterious musky.

Three Great Weekend Mountain Bike Backpacking Trips

The Southeast offers fantastic overnight mountain biking experiences. These user-friendly weekend routes are some of the region’s best. 

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.

Summer Road Trips: For The Climbers

Location: WEST VIRGINIA Distance: 239 miles Driver: Deb Simon Guide, Hard Rock Climbing; Medical Trainer, Vertical Medicine Resources Fayetteville, W.va. “My husband Bryan and I have traveled all over...

GEAR OF THE WEEK

Machines for Freedom | Indigo Print Jersey

Comfy and moisture-wicking, this performance jersey flashes some low-key style at the starting line. But the real winner here is the fit. Founder Jenn Kriske created a cycling apparel brand that caters to all body types so everyone can feel comfortable out on a ride.

ROAD TRIPS

With summer in full swing, many are itching to get back on the highways of Southern Appalachia. And while towns and cities in the footprint of the Blue Ridge have been gradually reopening, this is still a time to practice social distancing, respect pandemic-related restrictions, and take recommended precautions while traveling.

Road Warriors

Have you ever wanted to just head out onto the road and see where life takes you? BRO talked with some people...

The Best Hiking Partner: Adventure Pets of the Blue Ridge

When Grizel Williams decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with Rue, her 3-year-old rescue dog, she knew a lot of people would...

Summer Road Trips: For The River Runners

Location: Eastern Tennessee Distance: 123.6 miles Driver: Kirk Eddlemon Instructor, Ace Kayaking School Guidebook Author, Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians Knoxville, Tenn. “Eastern Tennessee, in general, is a very unsung...

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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Running While White

As a white guy, I get a big head start—and I don’t have to worry about being shot. My...

JUMP! Swimming Holes with Big Splashes

A plunge into a swimming hole should be a part of everyone’s summer. Relish the complete sense of surrender as your feet leave the rock, your body meets gravity, and everything goes silent as you fall toward the pool of water beneath you. The world disappears, and all you can see, all you can think of, is the calm depths beneath your feet.

Hammock Camping – What to Pack to Keep You Happy on the Trail

Here’s what ENO suggests you add to your packing list to make sure you stay dry and warm on your next hammock camping trip.