This isn’t a poll — it’s a showdown. This year we pit our outdoor towns against one another at random, and fans can vote in as many match-ups as they want until the very end.
Editors have narrowed the field to 36 contenders, listed below. They are mountain biking meccas, whitewater oases, climbing paradises, and hiking nirvanas. Voting runs through the end of August, and winners will be highlighted in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.
Is the bracket dead? No, but brackets are everywhere now. Likewise, polls can benefit those who mobilize the biggest social media effort or send all their friends online to vote all day long. This new format will make for more accurate results since the town match-ups are determined randomly and readers can vote indefinitely.
Each of our 36 editor-selected best towns of the Blue Ridge Mountains will be pitted against each other at random until fans determine a winner on August 31!
What’s the Top Outdoor Town in the South? That’s up to you to decide.
The 36 finalists in the 2014 Top Towns Contest include:
Deep Creek Lake, Md.
Elkhorn City, Ky.
Boone-Blowing Rock, N.C.
Bryson City, N.C.
Hot Springs, N.C.
Blue Ridge, Ga.
Rules and Regulations: Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine Top Town of 2014 contest will run online from August 1 to August 31 at 5 p.m. EST. All votes will be checked for validity and Summit Publishing reserves the right to eliminate votes for any reason and to select a winner due to a tie or fraudulent voting.