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.

Virginia’s Western Highlands Publishes Regional Trail Guide

By BRO Admin | 31 Oct 19
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The Virginia’s Western Highlands Travel Council made up of tourism offices from Craig, Alleghany, Bath, and Highland counties has published a guide to hiking, biking, and riding trails. The 48-page guide includes descriptions and maps of trails in all four counties, including some that span multiple counties. The booklet uses icons to indicate which trails…

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Outdoor Updates: Dead bear found tied with rope in NC

By Kim Dinan | 31 Oct 19
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Dead bear found tied with rope in Henderson County, NC A young bear tied with heavy rope was found dead on the banks of Mills River on Sunday, the Citizen-Times reports. Wildlife officials estimate the bear was 1-2 years old. The rope was tied around the bear’s neck and to it’s left hind limb. “It…

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Women’s Wednesday: It’s a Mother-Daughter Thing

By Ellen Kanzinger | 16 Oct 19
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Rosie Koskovich got her start doing trail maintenance with the Ozark Trail Association in Missouri. She was a long time hiker and this was her way to give back to the trails. In 2013, Rosie and a group of OTA members volunteered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Konnarock Trail Crew for a week. After that…

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Clearing the Path: Behind the Scenes with the Trail Maintainers

By Ellen Kanzinger | 08 Oct 19
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Photo by Ellen Kanzinger Whether a trail is one mile or 1,000 miles, in a city or in the middle of a forest, someone has to take care of it. Someone has to clear the fallen trees after a storm or put in a water bar to mitigate erosion so you and I can get…

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The 2019 Hiking Guide: Hike the Southeast

By BRO Admin | 04 Oct 19
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Photo by: Sam Dean Photography FROM CITY GREENWAYS TO REMOTE STRETCHES OF FOREST, GET OUTSIDE THIS FALL ON THE TRAILS OF THESE ICONIC SOUTHEAST HIKING DESTINATIONS. Hike miles of trails in one of Virginia’s state parks, including Shenandoah River State Park and Pocahontas State Park. Virginia State Parks Virginia is home to a variety of…

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Mountain Getaway Guide: Unique Lodging of the Blue Ridge

By Ellen Kanzinger | 01 Oct 19
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The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in Seneca Rocks State Forest, W.VA., offers accommodations 65 feet off the ground. Whether you’re looking to make one last trip this fall or starting to make plans for next year, BRO set out to find getaways like no other in the region. Seneca State Forest (W.Va.) Built-in 1935 by…

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All In a Day’s Work

By Ellen Kanzinger | 11 Sep 19
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Nakiesha Bridgers leads a trip on the river. How did outdoor professionals get their start? As more people are headed outside, outdoor recreation is increasingly an economic factor for towns and states across our region. Virginia just became the fifteenth state to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation. In its most recent report, the Bureau…

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Tour de Le Conte Challenge

By Kristi Parsons | 29 Aug 19
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the three Adams summitted mount Le Conte three times in 24 hours, setting a new trail record.  Trio of hikers conquer Le Conte Challenge—44 miles and 3 summits in 24 hours This is a tale of three Adams— Adam Gravett, Adam Ozment and Adam Williamson. These three hikers had been exploring Great Smoky Mountains National…

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The Forest Service is attacking the country’s most important conservation law

By Will Harlan | 23 Aug 19
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The Forest Service is proposing to cut the public from public lands.

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How Gorges was Saved

By Dan DeWitt | 19 Aug 19
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Lead photo by Brenda J. Wiley 20 years ago, Gorges became a state park instead of a hydroelectric dam, thanks to the efforts of one inspiring leader. Today, it’s still one of the most beautiful and best-kept secrets in Southern Appalachia. Bill Thomas, taking in the views at Gorges State Park, thought about what this…

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Gear On The Go: August 2019

By Road Team | 15 Aug 19
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This month has been a bit of a whirlwind, to say the least. We’ve covered a lot of miles and visited some of our favorite Colorado mountain towns. The days are still hot, but the mountain nights are starting to get that familiar chill in the air. Last night, in Crested Butte (where we’ve set…

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Leading the Charge

By Addie Oldham + Ellie Bowen | 14 Aug 19
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Photo of Lauren Hughes by Tyler Allen Meet 16 Young Athletes and Outdoor Entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Adventure  In a time where our environment faces threats from every angle, it is encouraging to learn that not all hope is lost. We searched high and low for young environmentalists, athletes, musicians, and outdoors…

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Outdoor Updates: Conserving Carolina awarded $6.4 million for proposed Ecusta Trail

By Kim Dinan | 12 Aug 19
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Conserving Carolina awarded $6.4 million for proposed Ecusta Trail The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $6.4 million dollar grant to Conserving Carolina to purchase the rail corridor known as the TR Line, the potential future site of the Ecusta Trail. Conserving Carolina, Friends of the Ecusta Trail and other partners must now raise…

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For the Next Generation of Adventurers

By Road Team | 01 Aug 19
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This September Roxy will be hiking around The Three Sisters in Oregon to raise money for The Cairn Project.

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Summer’s Not Over: Add These Swimming Holes to Your List

By Addie Oldham + Ellie Bowen | 26 Jul 19
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Howard’s Creek at John Holder Trail, Ky. Photo by Ravi Shah Photography, @_shahravi With summer halfway over, there’s still time to check off all the unmarked boxes on your bucket list. With the help of our swimming hole guide, you can explore a handful of water-filled adventures across the Blue Ridge! Best Waterfalls: South River…

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