The sun rises over Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Best of the Blue Ridge photographer winner Leslie Restivo. DISCLAIMER: We are not affiliated with any company offering plaques or trophies. If you are contacted by people offering this, it is a scam. All winners can contact BRO for a certificate free of charge. 2020 Readers’ Choice…

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Sachi Rome’s “If I were a Bird (looking for Peace),” located on the Atlanta BeltLine. Photo by The Sintoses, reprinted with permission from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. There are many ways to enjoy a trail—a long run, a hard ride, a contemplative stroll. Much like a path winding through the woods, art is also wide open…

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Rosie Koskovich got her start doing trail maintenance with the Ozark Trail Association in Missouri. She was a long time hiker and this was her way to give back to the trails. In 2013, Rosie and a group of OTA members volunteered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Konnarock Trail Crew for a week. After that…

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Photo by Ellen Kanzinger Whether a trail is one mile or 1,000 miles, in a city or in the middle of a forest, someone has to take care of it. Someone has to clear the fallen trees after a storm or put in a water bar to mitigate erosion so you and I can get…

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The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in Seneca Rocks State Forest, W.VA., offers accommodations 65 feet off the ground. Whether you’re looking to make one last trip this fall or starting to make plans for next year, BRO set out to find getaways like no other in the region. Seneca State Forest (W.Va.) Built-in 1935 by…

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Ellen Kanzinger rides her bike around the neighborhood. Photo by Rachel Stone A Newbie Bike Commuter Faces Her Fears It was a few days before my fifteenth birthday. I remember waking up and running downstairs, eager to soak up every minute of the summer day.  I was confused to find my grandpa in our living…

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Nakiesha Bridgers leads a trip on the river. How did outdoor professionals get their start? As more people are headed outside, outdoor recreation is increasingly an economic factor for towns and states across our region. Virginia just became the fifteenth state to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation. In its most recent report, the Bureau…

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You don’t need a ton of money or expertise to explore the outdoors—especially in Chattanooga  Growing up, Bailey O’Sullivan’s family moved about every two years for her mom’s job. They ended up in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a few years when she was in middle school.  “My dad’s goal every time we moved was to get…

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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 have an opinion about her decision. “There are people that are really excited about me and Rue, and then people who think I’m abusing my dog,” she said. “I know that it’s the…

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Have you ever wanted to just head out onto the road and see where life takes you? BRO talked with some people who did just that. We found out how they are traveling, what they wish they had known before starting their trip, and the things they left behind for a life on the road. …

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