Our May 2014 issue is hitting newsstands this week.

And while we really hope you are able to pick up a copy for free at your local outdoor specialty shop, here’s a look at our May Festival Guide issue online to get you pumped up for summer.

To kick it off, we’ve got an exclusive introduction by our editor-in-chief Will Harlan with an excerpt from his new book, Untamed, which took him 20 years to create and will be front and center and Barnes and Nobles nationwide.

And, we’re sure you’ll be happy to know that our annual Festival Guide is now live and on its way to doorsteps across the Blue Ridge region.

Readers face off on the issue of taxes funding bikeways and pay-to-play bike parks; and travel editor Jess Daddio takes a deeper look into the life of Bill Harris, who lives beside — and protects — the Virginia Creeper Trail. She also participates in an epic highline adventure in North Carolina’s Linville Gorge — one of the first of its kind in the Blue Ridge.

And speaking of our travel editor … Jess just departed our office here in Virginia for a year-long road trip we’ve dubbed Live Outside And Play. You can follow her adventures on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well as on her project-specific blog. Stay on the lookout for her photos and stories as she gets acquainted to her new mobile outdoor life, based out of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and a Sylvan Sport Go camper-trailer all summer long.

Now take your own digital spin around our latest issue and let us know what you think on Facebook.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note: The Wildest Woman in America

Flashpoint: Pay more in taxes to fund bikeways?

Bill Harris Protects His Backyard Virginia Creeper Trail

Quick Hits: Outdoor News

FEATURES

Can bikes save the world?

Atlanta’s Beltline Trail

2014 Festival Guide

Hashing: Drinkers with a running problem

Highlining in the Linville Gorge

Behold, More Beer!

Top Festival Gear Picks

Fifty Festivals You Might Not Know About

Bands to Catch on the Southern Festival Circuit

And more!