Outdoor Updates: Lost Hiker Found on Foothills Trail

UPDATED AUG 6, 2020 - 5:00PM: Lost Hiker Found on Foothills Trail  A lost hiker was found on the...

The 2020-2021 Race & Event Guide

2020 is the year we reimagined what it meant to come together. Mark your calendars for these in-person and virtual races, events,...

Deep Woods Escape

This Off-Grid Lodge in Tennessee’s Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Can Only Be Reached Via Trail

Back to the Beginning

A Q&A with the Founders of Blue Ridge Outdoors Each of us seeks out the mountains and the waters...

Did you feel it? A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shakes North Carolina and the Southeast

Photo: Beautiful azaleas blooming in mountains. Green hills, meadows, and sky in the background. Summer mountain landscape. Near Asheville, Blue Ridge Mountains,...

Cade Cove Loop Lope registration now open

Cade Cove Loop Lope registration now open The only organized footrace inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now...

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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Get Lost in the Mountains and Waters of the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia

Get lost in the mountains and waters of the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia. Grab your...

Let the Open Road Lead You to Clarksville

Ready for a road trip? Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life or just need to find...

Reward Yourself with a Bath County Adventure

If your idea of the perfect outdoor adventure-themed getaway includes a variety activities during the day followed by a well-earned reward, you...

South Carolina’s Old 96 District Is an Unexpected Wonder for Nature Lovers

With everyone rushing to get outside and get some fresh air, many of mother nature’s biggest fans may find themselves looking back...

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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

Fjällräven Greenland Jacket

Back to the... past? Fjällräven’s retro chic that has been consistent from 1968 to today has found a home in hipster style. And guess what? Åke Nordin’s G-1000 rejected-tent-fabric-and-wax design has withstood the test of time. It stills provides warmth and durability and shedding the elements whether you are in the high peaks or lined up at a food truck.

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.