QUICK HITS

A.T. fugitive faces sentencing Mount Mitchell State Park expands Bat populations decimated by White Nose fungus Underground 5K Parks in peril

FLASHPOINT

Will electric bikes trash the trails or open them to new riders?

THE DIRT

Strive not to drive: use public transit to visit these five public lands and waterways.

FESTIVAL GUIDE 2016

From big music blowouts to boutique gatherings, there are galas taking place nearly every weekend. Find the best 100 bashes in the Blue Ridge, check out a detailed strategy for finding the best fest in the South, 5 must-see emerging bands, and 13 money-saving tips for festival season.

ROANOKE REINVENTED

Look out, Asheville. Star City is on the rise. With a new mayor and a thriving outdoor community, Roanoke is poised to become the next big mountain town.

FORWARD EVER

Tennessee is home to the country’s top paracyclists, including three athletes eyeing the 2016 Paralympics.

ADVENTURE BREWERIES

Craft breweries in the Blue Ridge are often perfectly placed on the doorstep of adventure. Knock back a pint at one of these nine brewery basecamps.

OVERLANDING

Extreme, geared-up car campers explore the wilds of West Virginia on wheels and on film.