Ellijay, Ga.  (Pop. 1,600)

Float the Cartecay River • Hike to the top of Amicalola Falls • Bike Bear Creek Mountain Trail and hug the Gennett Poplar

Clayton, Ga.  (Pop. 2,000)

Whitewater raft the Chattooga River •  Hike to the valley floor of Tallulah Gorge State Park • Hike the Bartram Trail to Becky Branch Falls

Frankfort, Ky.  (Pop. 25,500)

Ride the Capital View Mountain Bike Trail • Go birding at Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary • Bike the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Louisville, Ky.  (Pop. 597,300)

Mountain bike at Cherokee Park or Fort Duffield Park • Hit the hiking trails at Jefferson Memorial Forest • Paddle the Ohio River at Charlestown State Park

Morehead, Ky.  (Pop. 6,800)

Angle for musky at Cave Run Lake • Hike the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail through Daniel Boone National Forest • Take a climbing day trip to the Red River Gorge

Hagerstown, Md.  (Pop. 39,700)

Pedal the C&O Canal • Hike the Appalachian Trail through South Mountain State Park • Ski at Whitetail Resort

Friendsville, Md.  (Pop. 490)

Hike or bike the Kendall River Trail • Ski or snowboard at Wisp Resort • Paddle on the class IV-V Upper Youghiogheny River

Asheville, N.C.  (Pop. 87,800)

Hike to the summit of Craggy Pinnacle • Trail run or mountain bike at Bent Creek Experimental Forest • Canoe and camp the French Broad River Paddle Trail

Bryson City, N.C.  (Pop. 1,436)

Mountain bike at Tsali Recreation Area • SUP on the Little Tennessee and Tuckasegee Rivers • Fish at Fontana Lake

Hot Springs, N.C.  (Pop. 560)

Raft on the French Broad River • Cast for trout in Spring Creek • Hike the Appalachian Trail

Boone, N.C.  (Pop. 17,100)

Climb at Ship Rock • Paddle or fish the Watauga River • Mountain bike at Rocky Knob Bike Park

Brevard, N.C.  (Pop. 7,600)

Fish on the Davidson River • Mountain bike in Pisgah National Forest • Hike and hunt for swimming holes in DuPont State Forest

Lake Lure, N.C.  (Pop. 1,200)

Zip down Canopy Ridge Farm • Hike for views of Lake Lure at Chimney Rock State Park • Mountain bike Buffalo Creek Park

Waynesville, N.C.  (Pop. 9,900)

Admire elk in the Cataloochee Valley • Hike the Art Loeb Trail • Road bike the Coleman Mountain Panther Creek Loop

Sylva, N.C.  (Pop. 2,500)

Responsibly walk-and-imbibe along the Jackson County Ale Trail • Paddle the Tuckasegee • Hike to Waterrock Knob

Cherokee, N.C.  (Pop. 2,100)

Hike the Mingus Creek Trail • Mountain bike the new 10 mile trail system in town • Fish for trophy trout in the Raven Fork

Franklin, N.C.  (Pop. 2,100)

Fish and explore the Cullasaja Gorge and its waterfalls • Hike the Bartram Trail • Climb the Wayah Bald Fire Tower via the Appalachian Trail

Cashiers, N.C.  (Pop. 167)

Go for a swim at Schoolhouse Falls • Climb or hike to the summit of Whiteside Mountain • Hike or mountain bike Panthertown Valley

Spruce Pine, N.C.  (Pop. 2,100)

Hike the Appalachian Trail through the Roan Highlands • Float and fish the North Toe River • Camp and kayak on site at Springmaid Mountain

Black Mountain, N.C.  (Pop. 7,800)

Hike Graybeard Trail • Mountain bike the Kitsuma Trail • Trek the Seven Sisters mountain range

Morganton, N.C.  (Pop. 17,000)

Paddleboard at Lake James • Fish the Catawba River • Hike or run the trails at South Mountains State Park

Charlotte, N.C.  (Pop. 859,500)

Hike through Reedy Creek Nature Preserve • Camp and play at McDowell Nature Preserve • Whitewater raft, climb, or bike at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Ohiopyle, Pa.  (Pop. 40)

Raft the Lower Youghiogheny • Hike the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail • Cruise the Great Allegheny Passage

State College, Pa.  (Pop. 42,000)

Go rock climbing at Panther Rocks • Hike up Mount Nittany • Mountain bike in Rothrock State Forest or Bald Eagle State Park

Greenville, S.C.  (Pop. 58,400)

Ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail • Trail run or mountain bike at Paris Mountain State Park • Hike to the summit of Table Rock

Walhalla, S.C.  (Pop. 4,300)

Explore Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls • SUP Lake Keowee • Hike to the summit at Buzzard Roost Heritage Preserve

Charleston, S.C.  (Pop. 130,100)

Hike beneath cypress trees at Audubon Swamp Garden • Bike the lowcountry trails at Francis Marion National Forest • Kayak the Folly River

Chattanooga, Tenn.   (Pop. 167,674)

SUP the Tennessee River • Ride the singletrack at Raccoon Mountain • Learn to hang glide from Lookout Mountain Flight Park

Johnson City, Tenn. (Pop. 66,500)

Fish the South Holston River • Ride the Tweetsie Trail • Hike the White Rock Trail in Buffalo Mountain Park

Knoxville, Tenn.  (Pop. 179,000)

Ride the South Loop Trail in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness • Fish at Seven Islands State Birding Park • Hike House Mountain

Maryville, Tenn.  (Pop. 27,500)

Hike the Look Rock Tower Trail • Throw discs at the Clayton Disc Golf Course • Fish for smallmouth bass on the Little River

Charlottesville, Va.  (Pop. 45,600)

Hike to Ravens Roost • Swim at Blue Hole • Ski or snowboard at Wintergreen Resort

Roanoke, Va.  (Pop. 99,400)

Boulder at McAfee Knob • Ride mountain bikes to Mill Mountain Park • Float the Roanoke River

Harrisonburg, Va.  (Pop. 53,000)

Bike the 4-mile Rocktown Trails system at Hillandale Park • Fly-fishing at Lake Shenandoah • Hike to Hone Quarry

Damascus, Va.  (Pop. 800)

Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail • Fly fish at Whitetop Laurel • Backpack up Virginia’s highest peak, Mount Rogers

Front Royal, Va.  (Pop. 14,400)

Go hiking on the Appalachian Trail • Canoe the Shenandoah River • Take a Sunday drive along Skyline Drive

Richmond, Va.  (Pop. 217,900)

Raft down the James River • Bike the Buttermilk Trail • Picnic at Belle Isle

Lexington, Va.  (Pop. 7,300)

Scramble over Devil’s Marbleyard • Hike beneath the Natural Bridge • Search for swimming holes on the Maury River

Morgantown, W.Va.  (Pop. 29,660)

Climb or hike at Cooper’s Rock State Park • Bike along the Monongahela River on the Rail-Trail • Paddle the Cheat or Big Sandy Rivers

Fayetteville, W.Va.  (Pop. 2,900)

Paddle the New River Gorge and Gauley River • SUP at Summersville Lake • Bike the Arrowhead Trails

Davis, W.Va.  (Pop. 660)

Cross-country ski at White Grass Touring Center • Bike through Blackwater Falls State Park • Hike in Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

Harpers Ferry, W.Va.  (Pop. 290)

Float the Potomac River • Hike the Appalachian Trail • Bike along the C&O Canal

Martinsburg, W. Va.  (Pop. 17,200)

Hunt, hike, or fish at Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management • Mountain bike at Poor House Town Park • Go fly fishing on Back Creek

Virginia Beach, Va.  (Pop. 451,000)

Surf at Sandbridge • Charter a deep sea fishing trip • Pedal the Cape Henry Trail through First Landing State Park

Woodstock, Va.  (Pop. 5,200)

View the “Seven Bends” of the Shenandoah River from Woodstock Observation Tower • Hike Big Schlos