We are excited to bring you another stellar issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine! Our June Paddling issue is on newsstands and online and is packed to the brim with everything you need to know to get outside this summer. We list over 50 of the best rivers in the Southeast to kayak, raft, SUP, fish, or tube. With everything from Class I flat water to extreme Class V whitewater action, there is something for everyone, plus we list the latest and greatest gear you need for a day – or two – on the river. We also scoured the region for the seven most scenic swimming holes the Blue Ridge has to offer and we think you’ll like our choices. Throw in essays on paddling, pollution on the French Broad, and the winners of our Dog Photo Contest and you won’t be able to put this issue down! Just make sure you pass it along to your friends and spread the word.

Below you’ll find a listing of all our stories and don’t forget about all our contests where you can enter to win adventure getaways to North Carolina and Kentucky, a Virginia boating package, guided paddling across the Southeast and more! Be sure to sign up today!

Features

Head of the Class: 50 of the Best Rivers in the Southeast

Paradise Found: Scenic Swimming Holes of the Blue Ridge

The French Broad Threatened By Toxic Waste

Dog Photo Contest Winners!

Stories

Beyond the Edge: Life and Death on the River

Cell Tower Climbing with Lauren James

Synchronous Fireflies Spotted in Pennsylvania

Lynne Cox: Cold Water Queen

Kayak on the Fly

Front Porch: The Comeback Kids of Bombadil

Pedal Power: Best Long Distance Rides in the Blue Ridge

The Notch: A Paddling Essay from our NEW Travel Editor Jess Daddio

Paddling Gear: Make a Splash

Debate

River Dams: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?