Hiking

From day hiking on the Appalachian Trail to thru-hiking the Smoky Mountains, hit the trail with us. We’ve got all the guides, tutorials, gear reviews, trip reports, and location suggestions to make your next adventure great. Plus, find news and information about the region’s best areas and explorers here. Look no further than Blue Ridge Outdoors for all your hiking needs.

The Great American Rail-Trail secures funding to close gaps across four states

The Great American Rail-Trail secures funding to close gaps across four states Check out these Rails to Trails in the Blue Ridge: Click HERE The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has announced that nearly $13 million in funding has been secured for portions of the Great American Rail-Trail, a scenic multi-use trail that will eventually stretch 3,700…
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Registration Opens for Pisgah Hiking Challenge

The community is invited to test themselves this spring in the Pisgah Challenge, a series of six free guided hikes of increasing difficulty in Pisgah National Forest.  “The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) is launching the Pisgah Challenge to inspire our community, especially inexperienced hikers, to get outside, get fit and enjoy the…
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Damascus Appalachian Trail Center Set to Break Ground

Photo from Friends of Southwest Virginia A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Appalachian Trail Center in Damascus, VA will take place on February 4th at 11:00 AM. The groundbreaking will take place at the site of the new center on Laurel Avenue across the street from Town Hall. The million-dollar center is a joint project…
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Love on the Rocks

A Hiking Couple Shares Do’s and Don’ts of Trail Romance One of the delights of living in the Appalachian mountains is the natural beauty all around, and with so much scenery to explore a hike in the Blue Ridge is the perfect way to discover if a new relationship has a chance to gain any…
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Mountain Medicine PART 8: ECOTHERAPY FOR YOU

Animal Assisted therapy – Photo credit: Sarah Vogel Click here to read the whole article The Nitty Gritty So far in this series, I have talked about the benefits of nature connection and why it heals and enriches our lives. Perhaps, I hope, I’ve convinced you of the power of nature in healing and well-being,…
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MOUNTAIN MEDICINE PART 7: If it Ain’t Broke

Click here to read the whole article Any good doctor, veterinarian, or mechanic understands that wellness isn’t just about fixing what’s already broken. Maintenance and preventative care are vital, if not the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.  My truck often gives me grief — unsurprising, considering its age and the odometer reading. Several…
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Winter Wonderlands | 4 Wild Winter Adventures

Four of our favorite winter backpacking trips, from overnighters to full blown three-day excursions.
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Outdoor Updates: Hiker killed in freak Christmas Eve accident after redwood tree falls on him

Hiker killed in freak Christmas Eve accident after redwood tree falls on him A hiker enjoying a walk through Muir Woods National Monument on Christmas Eve was killed after a redwood tree toppled, pinning the man beneath it. First responders were called to the scene and found Subhradeep Dutta, 28, “unconscious and lifeless” beneath the…
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