This nearly 2,000-foot mountain is visible from just about anywhere in downtown Roanoke and serves as a constant reminder for the Star City’s residents to make time to go outside and play.
James River Park, Va.
Steele Creek, Tenn.
Hope your quads are ready. This run plummets 1,500 vertical feet in just over a mile.
Shay’s Revenge, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, W.Va.
Cliffhanger, Wintergreen Resort, Va.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
With 28 acres of freestyle terrain and five different terrain parks, you can session Snowshoe’s features all day long and still not hit every jump or jib.
(tied) Wintergreen Resort, Va., and Canaan Valley Resort, W.Va.
Over 28,000 acres in size, Summersville Lake is West Virginia’s largest lake. Its 60 miles of shoreline are largely undeveloped and dominated by soaring sandstone cliffs, which served as the venue for PsicoRoc 2016, the country’s first outdoor deep water soloing competition.
Fontana Lake, N.C.
Roanoke River, Va.
Blue Ridge Parkway Spot
Comprised of three rolling mountaintops—Sharp Top, Flat Top, and Harkening Hill—the Peaks of Otter were once prized Native American hunting grounds. Today, visitors can fish the iconic waters of Abbott Lake, wine and dine at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, or camp out under the stars at the base of Sharp Top Mountain.
Black Balsam, N.C.
Mount Mitchell, N.C.
Giles County, Va.
The 69-foot falls plunges between 200-foot rock walls into a vast and deep pool. The idyllic waterfall might look like the picture-perfect place to swim, but its waters should only be appreciated from the banks.
Crabtree Falls, Va.
Linville Falls, N.C.
This high elevation wilderness area is laced with spruce trees and tannin stained creeks, rhododendron-choked trails and blueberry-studded meadows. Wild and lush and teeming with life, this 17,000+-acre wilderness area is unlike anywhere else in the Southeast.
Kid-Friendly Outdoor Destination
No matter their age, kids will love exploring, creating, and imagining in the Children’s Universe and Little Planets play area at FloydFest. Bring some instruments and costumes, too, to participate in the annual Peace Parade.
Bryce Resort, Va.
Sliding Rock, N.C.
Pet-Friendly Outdoor Destination
Centrally located to a wealth of outdoor adventure, Blue Mountain Brewery’s ample outdoor space seats more than just explorers of the two-legged variety. Bring your pup after a day on the trail and soak in the Blue Ridge mountain views and locally made brews.
Canine Social Club, N.C.
Jackrabbit Trail, N.C.
Place for Outdoor Singles to Live
Given the endless outdoor adventures, nightly live music offerings, and booming craft beer scene, it’s no wonder that Asheville has become a haven for the young and restless.
Place to Raise an Outdoor Family
Though the city’s population is close to 100,000, Roanoke’s close-knit districts give it a small-town, know-your-neighbor feel. Couple that sense of community mindedness with in-town greenways, trail systems, and river access, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t move to Roanoke sooner.
Bryson City, N.C.
Shenandoah County, Va.
Place to Engage in Nefarious Activities
That’s probably a good call. We’re not in the business of keeping secrets anyway.
Gauley Fest, W.Va.
Blue Ridge Parkway, N.C., Va.
Place to Play Hooky
While Fayetteville certainly has plenty of novice-level trail and paddling adventures like riding the Arrowhead Trails or SUPping the Upper New, if gnar is what you’re after, gnar is what you’ll get. Nothing like a little chunder to make you forget about the “guilt” of skipping work.
Green River, N.C.
Fly Fishing River/Creek
The lazy Shenandoah River provides some of the best smallmouth, largemouth, musky, and carp fishing in the country, and with relatively mild temperatures, you can float it year-round.
Mossy Creek, Va.
Davidson River, N.C.