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For 25 years, we've been your source for outdoor adventure sports in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. From news updates and gear reviews to fly fishing guides and hiking destinations, read on for all you need to go outside and play.

So you think your school has what it take to be crowned TOP ADVENTURE COLLEGE? PROVE IT

Beginning March 2, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Adventure College Contest asks readers to pick who deserves to be crowned the best schools for outdoor recreation and adventure in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. This year we are sponsored by Lockn’ Festival and will have winners in both large and small school categories. 

GEAR OF THE WEEK

NATIVE FREERIDER SUNGLASSES

Freerider sunglasses are built to help you break boundaries. This style's angular lens shape and high coverage frame blends design with the function needed to explore. Cushinol nose pads and temple tips create a fit that stays in place no matter how rough the ride. Shop Native Eyewear's full collection.

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Go Outside and Play: Elizabethtown, Kentucky

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

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 ...

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, ...

Go Outside and Play: Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia

Feature Image: Let the good times flow. Photo courtesy of Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. A DAYTRIP TO... Martinsville-Henry County, ...

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SNOWSPORTS

Explore all the slopes of the Blue Ridge have to offer. We've got the top news on ski and snowboard resorts in the area, backcountry snow adventures, and destinations for your next snowshoeing or cross-country trip.

LMC: Beech Mountain Classroom Dedication

Photo by Jason Els Class of 2015 (Lees-McRae College) at Beech Mountain Ski Resort Collaboration is one of ...

The Goods: Cold-Weather Hiking

Winter Trail Don’t let the cold weather keep you off the trails. The following gear makes hiking in ...

Hitting the Slopes (On a Budget)

Look ahead: Buying passes for the 2020/2021 season before the current winter ends can be a great way ...

Snow in the South

Aiming at the future. No wonder they called them snow guns. Photo: Beech Mountain Historical Society Who Would ...

Fresh Tracks: Top Cross-Country Skiing Destinations in the Southeast

Enjoy epic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Roan Mountain range, located on the North Carolina/Tennessee ...

HIKING

From thru hiking the Appalachian Trail to day hiking in the Smoky Mountains, hit the trails with us. We've got all of the guides, tutorials, gear reviews, and trip reports to help you plan your next great adventure. Stay up to date with all your news and hiking needs from our region's parks, trails, and explorers at Blue Ridge Outdoors.

How to Safely Go Outside 

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

Splendid Isolation

Photo courtesy of Dan DeWitt One stirring view of distant mountain ridges couldn’t ease my persistent case of ...

LEKI Unveils UNGROUNDED: A Digital Series Featuring Trailblazing Women in the Outdoors

Where the journey to dreams is revealed through uncommon drive  LEKI is proud to announce the launch of ...

Cherokee Changes

Principal Chief Richard Sneed is turning Cherokee, North Carolina, into a mecca of outdoor recreation—and he’s doing it ...

New Places to Play

Members of the N.C. Outdoor Recreation Coalition tour the future site of Pisgah View State Park. Photo by ...

FLY FISHING

Fishing reports from the small streams and big rivers of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Spend the day exploring the Blue Ridge for trout, bass, musky, panfish, and more. We've got all the top tips, guides, and gear to help you hook and reel them in.

March 2020: Spring Hatches

Departments Quick Hits Kids on Bikes – Plastic Bottle Ban – Get in Gear Fest – Supreme Court ...

‘Monsters of the James’ Kayak Fishing Tournament for 2020

Dominion Energy Riverrock will hold the festival’s first-ever fishing tournament with the ‘Monsters of the James’ challenge taking place ...

Tight Lines

A new season of fishing is upon us as the water warms and the trees begin to bloom ...

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