Bison shot in Theodore Roosevelt National Park after attacking hiker

Bison shot in Theodore Roosevelt National Park after attacking hiker The National Park Service says they shot and killed...

Person attacked by rabid fox in Augusta County, VA

Photo from Getty Images Person attacked by rabid fox in Augusta County, VA Officials are warning...

How to Safely Go Outside 

Photo by Ellen Kanzinger As states begin to lift restrictions and parks are reopening, we encourage folks getting outside...

Smartwool donates 5,000 pairs of compression socks to healthcare workers

Photo from Getty Images Smartwool donates 5,000 pairs of compression socks to healthcare workers Sock...

20 hikers rescued from Virginia swimming hole after flash floods

Twenty hikers, including at least two children, were rescued on Sunday night and Monday morning near a swimming hole in the western...

Virginia non-profit asks residents to save their oyster shells to support baby oysters

Photo from Getty Images Virginia non-profit asks residents to save their oyster shells to support baby oysters

New US Forest Service District Ranger selected for Nantahala Ranger District

The National Forests in North Carolina has selected Troy Waskey to oversee management and operations as the new District Ranger on the...

OUTDOOR RECREATION & CORONA VIRUS: UPDATES

covid-19 Updates from the blue ridge region and recreation partners

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...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park may have reopened, but Shenandoah National Park is still closed

Great Smoky Mountains National Park may have reopened, but Shenandoah National Park is still closed Two national parks flank...

Beech Mountain Resort Set to Open for Summer Season on Friday, June 5

Free Scenic Lift Rides for Watauga and Avery Residents During Month of June Beech Mountain, NC - Beech Mountain...

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Martin County, Florida: Disconnect to Reconnect

Disconnect to reconnect in Martin County, where seemingly endless Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along the coast and include individual access...

Go Outside and Play: Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Feature Image: Historic Downtown Elizabethtown Corner. Photo courtesy of Elizabethtown Tourism. A WEEKEND IN... Elizabethtown, Kentucky

The Sound of Silence and the Joy of Laughter — on the Upper James River Water Trail

Sometimes we venture out into nature to find solitude. To simply reflect on its beauty. To escape from noise, traffic and the...

Go Outside and Play: Lexington & Rockbridge County

Feature Image: Along the 64 miles of the Upper James River and 10 miles of the Maury River, a 59-mile stretch of...

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Pedal Eat Sleep: Guide to Bicycling the Blue Ridge Parkway

BRO's guide to bicycling the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here's what you need to ride America's most iconic bike tour.

The World’s Greatest Runners

Last weekend, I had the honor of running with the world's greatest endurance athletes: the Raramuri, an indigenous tribe living in the deepest canyons...

Mayday! Hiking to Plane Crash Sites in the Southern Appalachians

Some people hike for exercise; others are looking for views or waterfalls. Jeff Wadley hikes for plane crashes.

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SNUGGLE UP WITH MONTBELL

Stay warm during cool mountain nights with the Seamless Down Hugger sleeping bags from Montbell. Their innovative "Spider Baffle System" helps keep the insulation in place while allowing the down to loft to its full potential. Choose from a variety of temperature ratings, lengths, and colors to perfectly fit your next adventure.

PADDLING

Grab a paddle and hit the water with Blue Ridge Outdoors. Looking for a flatwater or whitewater adventure? We’ve got the best river and lake destinations, paddling gear, and tales from the water to get you outside. Whether you prefer a kayak, canoe, raft, or stand up paddleboard, there’s something for everyone.

Floating with a Purpose

Tires being removed from the Clinch River in southwest Virginia. Communities Tackle Trash Along Virginia’s Clinch River

Race Ahead

Paddlers prepare for Chattajack on the Tennessee River. Photo by Lawson Whitaker. A Look at 11 Wild (and...

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...

Dispatch from the Great Alabama 650

The Alabama River near Clairborne Lock and Dam, one of the many obstacles competitors had to portage around during the event. Photo...

A Personal Victory: Conquering King of the James

Photo by: Jesse Peters The King of the James has become a yearly tradition for my friends and I....
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The BRO team's favorite stories.

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America

Blue Ridge Outdoors editor-in-chief Will Harlan will be releasing "Untamed," his biography on Cumberland Island native Carol Ruckdeschel, in May. It's about one woman's life, wrestling alligators, dissecting sea turtles, and fighting to preserve the island she calls home.

The Eastern Mountain Lion Mystery

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

TBT: Gravel Grinders are Absolutely About the Bike

Now, you too can ride a Gravel Grinder in the Blue Ridge and have fun doing it.