Wally Smith

Author Articles

Floating with a Purpose

Tires being removed from the Clinch River in southwest Virginia. Communities Tackle Trash Along Virginia’s Clinch River The Clinch River’s list of superlatives runs nearly...

Rise of the Local Park

Blue Ridge Communities Look Inward for Access to the Outdoors When Lorenzo Rodriguez arrived in Big Stone Gap, Va. from California several years ago, he...

The Science of Awe

Awesome: The Surprising Science Behind How We Experience the Outdoors A cold front is sweeping over Pickem Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest, blasting a...

Growing Pains: Are Outdoor Enthusiasts Losing Their Conservation Ethic?

User conflicts are a growing problem in the Blue Ridge, ranging from vandalism and trash-laden trails to the closure of trail systems due to...

The Death And Life Of A Trail

Appalachia, Va. Rebuilds A Footpath and an Identity Skip Skinner still remembers hiking up to Lost Camp as a kid. The "camp" was Skinner's name...

Going Home Again

A steep mountain road Brings a Runner Back to His Roots "You OK, son?" It's mid-October of 2003—one of those crystal-clear fall afternoons that never seems...