Photo courtesy of USA BMX USA BMX professional and amateur riders from all over the country will gather in Lexington, Virginia, at the Virginia Horse Center this weekend for the Blue Ridge Nationals including local riders Dallas Gardner, Dustin Hammond, Foster Chadek, Parker Respass and Zoe Dannenberg.   This weekend’s Blue Ridge Nationals also features…

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JANUARY 2020  Merrell Hike Series January 25 Elk Knob State Park, N.C. Join Merrell and Mast General Store on a winter hike in Elk Knob State Park. You will have the opportunity to try out new hiking styles from Merrell on the Summit Trail, which is 3.8 miles round trip. Visit the Facebook event for…

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Features Best of the Blue Ridge Readers pick their favorite race, faces, and places in the region. Snow in the South Thirty-three years after publishing Southern Snow: The Winter Guide to Dixie, author Randy Johnson reflects on the cult classic, which has just been reissued with a second edition.  The Slopes on a Budget Determined…

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Features Top Adventure Towns For the ninth straight year, Blue Ridge Outdoors’ readers selected the best adventure hubs in the region.  The Rundown: Best Southern Slopes From gentle greens to thrilling black diamonds, check out our guide to the top resort runs in the Blue Ridge. Plus, a look at the South’s favorite cross-country skiing…

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DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, in partnership with High Sierra Music, announced an initial star-studded lineup today. Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, MD, DelFest originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury…

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Opt Outside at a Virginia State Park Thanksgiving weekend From the first Thanksgiving at Virginia’s Berkeley Hundred plantation in 1619, Virginians have gathered to give thanks and enjoy family, friends, and fun during the holiday. Special time together can continue past the last slice of pie with a visit to Virginia State Parks. From Nov.…

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The Virginia’s Western Highlands Travel Council made up of tourism offices from Craig, Alleghany, Bath, and Highland counties has published a guide to hiking, biking, and riding trails. The 48-page guide includes descriptions and maps of trails in all four counties, including some that span multiple counties. The booklet uses icons to indicate which trails…

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Photo by: Sam Dean Photography FROM CITY GREENWAYS TO REMOTE STRETCHES OF FOREST, GET OUTSIDE THIS FALL ON THE TRAILS OF THESE ICONIC SOUTHEAST HIKING DESTINATIONS. Hike miles of trails in one of Virginia’s state parks, including Shenandoah River State Park and Pocahontas State Park. Virginia State Parks Virginia is home to a variety of…

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ASHEBORO, N.C. – Sept. 19, 2019 –  Yepani, a grizzly bear who has lived at the North Carolina Zoo for 25 years and was known for his gentle and patient personality, died Wednesday, Sept. 18. Yepani arrived at the Zoo in November 1994 from the Woodland Park Zoo in Oregon. He originally was a “nuisance bear”…

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Photo by Kurtis Schachner at Snowshoe Mountain Resort UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals at Snowshoe Snowshoe Mountain’s bike park will reopen tomorrow, 9/13 after hosting the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals on Sept. 6-8, where athletes from around the world competed for the gold. This year marks the first time the event…

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Features Bike Packing Follow in the muddy tread of two classic bikepacking adventures in Big South Fork National Recreation Area and Pisgah National Forest. Gravel Grinder For a backpacker, there may not be a better way to see North Carolina than on a bike The Rise of High School Biking In the last ten years,…

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IMBA Unveils West Virginia’s FIRST Official Ride Center™ If you’re a mountain biker, then you probably already know Pocahontas County, WV is the place to go. With nearly 350,000 acres holding hundreds of miles of trails, it has a little something for everyone. Pocahontas County has some unique beginner trails that circle the world’s largest…

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FEATURES Do You Have Eco-Anxiety? Parents and experts share ways to stay positive and maintain hope in an age of climate uncertainty. Parks Guide 2019 From Mount Mitchell to Blackwater Falls, our state parks host world-class adventure. Here are 12 favorites, along with the behind-the-scenes stories of the visionaries who helped create them. Tennessee’s Wildest…

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Above Photo Courtesy of The U.S. National Whitewater Center WHAT: Whitewater Center has created a new festival that aims to highlight, celebrate, and support the Charlotte music industry and community. Confluence is part festival, part conference, and part platform. It will feature two days of live performances and panel discussions covering a range of topics from…

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