Pigeon River Pipe Bomb

The Fourth of July is known for fireworks and explosions, but the last thing we think of when celebrating the birth of our fine nation are deadly explosives in our local swimming holes. The device was found underwater at 1 p.m. on the West Fork of the Pigeon River near the Sunburst Campground on Lake…

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Every year, East Tennessee native Dane Jackson returns home to organize a two-day river cleanup, promoting environmental responsibility and paddling. If you’re into whitewater, then you know Dane Jackson. The 24-year-old kayaking phenom is one of the winningest kayakers in the world, with over 80 first-place victories under his belt. While he spends most of…

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Best Apps For Hiking

These days, the whole point of going out in the woods might be to get away from technology, but these apps will help you discover new places to go outside and play. Here in the Blue Ridge, we’re a hiking culture. Getting out in the woods for a hike or run isn’t just a workout,…

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If you love sunglasses as much as this squirrel, then you’re in the right place to win a pair of your own. This week only, we’ve teamed up with Native Eyewear to give three lucky winners a pair of shades. With six styles to choose from, there is something for everyone. Whether you’re the ultra-athlete…

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Best Blue Ridge Swimming Holes

It just so happens that this year’s Summer Solstice falls on a Thursday, so we’re going to throw-it-back to some of our favorite articles on the best swimming holes in the Blue Ridge. Today, June 21, marks the first day of summer! While most of Appalachia felt like it never had a spring, we’re excited…

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Fallout 76 West Virginia Locations

The largest and most anticipated chapter in the Fallout video game series takes place in West Virginia, featuring real-world locations. I know, we’re talking about video games on Blue Ridge Outdoors. It’s definitely not our bread-and-butter. We preach #gooutsideandplay, not #stayinsideandplayvideogames, but when a series like Fallout bases their largest and most anticipated game of the…

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REI hosts two new festivals on the East Coast celebrating women and the outdoors through live music, speakers, recreation, and more. Taking place in Washington D.C. and Shakori Hills, North Carolina, these special one-day events consist of star-studded musical lineups, activities, and classes focused on connecting women with the outdoors. While the events are focused on…

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Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing

Intro by Justin Forrest, words by Wes Hodges Fishing with a guide in new waters is one of the best ways to learn about an area, catch some fish, and make new friends. Guiding is one of the noblest professions in the world if you ask me. It takes years of dedication to the craft,…

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360 Adventure Collective

With over 675 members, 12 annual tradeshows, and 2,900 retailers, the association is working to connect more outdoor brands with more outdoor enthusiasts across the region. A non-profit association, 360 Adventure Collective was born earlier this year from the merger of the Eastern Outdoor Reps Association and the New England Sports Reps. For almost 40 years,…

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Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

A must-do hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower is easy to find, easy to hike, and offers some of the best views in the area. Due to its ease of access, close proximity to Asheville, and stunning views, the Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower is the first place I take friends…

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5 easy coastal hikes

With summertime upon us, we’re trading in our hiking shorts for board shorts and heading to the beaches, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop exploring. While our Southeastern coastline is home to beautiful beaches and winding Intracoastal waterways, it also shelters incredible wildlife preserves, state parks, and hiking trails. The elevation change may…

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Dads are awesome. We usually have them to thank for our first introduction to the outdoors. He was there when I caught my first fish, taught me how to ride a bike, and poured my first shot of whiskey. All of this before I was eight years old. Joking aside, dads are awesome. With Father’s…

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Beech Mountain Family Fun

For the all of June, the folks in Beech Mountain, N.C. have an entire month of family-friendly events and outdoor adventures lined up. Located about two hours from Asheville, two and a half hours from Charlotte, and an hour from Johnson City, Beech Mountain is an easy day trip for families in the surrounding areas.…

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Edward Hill Fisher Guiding

Originally from Charlottesville, Va., Edward Hill and Luke Campbell are changing the way the world books fishing trips. After miserable experiences trying to book guided fishing trips, Edward Hill, CEO and founder of Fisher Guiding, decided it was time for a change. A lifelong fisherman, Hill left his job working in public policy in Washington…

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Dubbed “America’s New Climbing Capital” in 2016 by Climbing Magazine, Eastern Tennessee is a home to some of the best rock climbing in the nation. The East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, a non-profit organization from Knoxville, is working with volunteers from across the Southeast to maintain that reputation. Within five years, the organization plans to replace all…

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