Blue Ridge Outdoors is your guide to fly fishing, the Appalachian Trail, biking, travel, and more in the Blue Ridge and beyond.

My COVID Hangover: There Is Such a Thing As Pandemic Outdoor Adventure Overload

Does anyone else need to take a nap? Let's talk about my COVID hangover.  Let’s just recap recent events, shall we? A tumultuous presidency led...

Scuba Diving West Virginia’s Summersville Lake

Appalachia doesn’t seem like scuba central, but the guys at Sarge’s, a low-key, four-decade dive shop, will show you the best of what’s under...


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Top Gear for the Perfect Road Trip

Get out of here! Quarantine is a memory. The country is open and ready for you. The road is calling. Here’s the top gear...

Pedaling Protections

Photo by Shannon McGowan of her bike in Warrenton, Virginia Feeling a Little Safer Thanks to Virginia’s New Bicycle Laws Most of us in our region...

Running on Coastal Time: Favorite Oceanside Spots

Summer is here and we’re headed to the Atlantic Coast to find some of the best beach vacations. When April Parker moved to Tybee Island,...

Destination Adventure 2021

Summer is here, and road trip season is in full swing. Whether you prefer paddling mountain waters, flying high over stunning vistas, or relaxing...


BioLite | FirePit Cooking Kit
We have sung the praises of this smokeless, solar-powered fire pit and grill in the past. BioLite improved the system for cooking on the road with accessories that make it even better for preparing food: A griddle will heat up those flapjacks; a grill lid concentrates heat; and a tool kit helps you flip those steaks.

Summer Roadtrips

The highways are calling. With this summer becoming the revitalizing season we’ve all been waiting for, there’s never been a better time to pack the car and cruise through the scenic stretches of Southern Appalachia.

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, “My husband Bryan and I have traveled all over...

The Kentucky Road Trip: The Over/Under Trip

Your Guide to the Kentucky Road Trip that includes hiking in Big South Fork National Recreation Area and caving at Mammoth Cave National Park.

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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 with this easy-to-follow guide.

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.