Our April 2014 issue highlights the best of the Appalachian Trail—the classic 2,180-mile footpath spanning our Blue Ridge backyard. Our intrepid Travel Editor Jess Daddio talks with members of the A.T. community who share how they came to be a part of the white blaze community as well as their favorite trail sections. Also on the subject of the A.T. is the backstory behind the only roof over the A.T. at Mountain Crossings in Georgia.

On the water, gonzo kayaker Chris Gragtmans faces his fears, the kayak polo epidemic spreads across the South, Jay Alley and his non-profit Canoeing For Kids put over 20,000 disadvantaged kids on the water in 20 years, and Charli Kerns offers tips for female paddlers.

Two biking stories—for foodie cyclists and rookie riders—will get your wheels spinning, Perhaps most important of all is our feature on the future of national forests. Now more than ever, we need to protect the places where we play. And if you’ve ever heard of Gitmo, have you ever heard about it through the eyes of a marathoning attorney representing a detainee?

Our second annual outdoor dog photo contest is also running now, so be sure to share your best shot of your best friend with us.

But enough talk…take your own digital spin around our latest issue and let us know what you think here or on Facebook.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note: Getting There

Debate: Should you shave your body hair for better athletic performance?

Cycle. Eat. Repeat.

Jay Alley: A Man on a Mission

Kayak Polo Epidemic

Freshie Fun: Trail-tested bike gear for spring

Trail Mix: Indie rock trio Eternal Summers shines beyond Star City

FEATURES

Fear: Facing the Whitewater Grand Prix

Guardians of the White Blaze

The Only Roof Over the A.T.

How to be a Female Paddler

Cycling’s Secret Handshake

The Future of Two National Forests

Running in Gitmo