Cover Photo by Steve Yocom

The October issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine just went live and is hitting newsstands now! Grab your copy or read online to learn about 5 of the most fearsome fall hikes in the Blue Ridge, the burgeoning bouldering scene taking place in the high country of Boone, North Carolina, some of the south’s eeriest ghost towns, and much more!

Departments

CONTRIBUTOR QUESTIONS

Once a month we throw our contributors for a loop with a different question about their lives in the outdoors. This month we had them tell us about some of their most dangerous outdoor moments.

FLASHPOINT

Are we saving—or selling out—our public lands?

QUICK HITS

Bear attack in Virginia Polluted parks Monumental tour Eminem’s running addiction

THE DIRT

Mitchell Triple Crown Native brook trout restored to the Smokies

THE GOODS

The Scott Brothers select the best in bouldering gear.

Features

TOM’S CABIN

You can go home again to Thomas Wolfe’s writing retreat.

TOO YOUNG?

Most kids are playing with Legos and dolls. A few are thru-hiking long-distance trails.

FEARLESS FALL FOLIAGE

Color is spilling down the mountains. Wanna find the best spots to catch it? Tackle one of our five most adventurous hikes for leaf-peepers.

WONDER WOMEN

Meet six pioneering females who are rocking the regional outdoor scene.

THE SECRET IS OUT

Bouldering in Boone and the High Country is no longer for locals only.

GHOST TOWNS

Explore the region’s most hallowed haunts—abandoned moonshining communities, Renaissance castles, and even a pirate ship in Sherwood Forest.

TRAIL MIX

Southern Rock Icons The Drive By Truckers are Back with an Epic Live Album.

16 BABIES IN A CANOE

Sixteen babies take up a lot of room in a canoe, but you gotta keep a princess happy.