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.

Quick Hits: Blackalachian

Meet trailblazer and A.T. thru-hiker Daniel White The outdoors has a race problem. Only one out of every five visitors to national parks nation-wide is nonwhite. Minority groups face multiple barriers that prevent them from getting outside, including transportation, fees, equipment, and access to information. Unfortunately, the largest barrier is fear—of racism, discrimination, and not fitting…
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VIDEO: Phantom of the Pines—The Future of the Florida Panther

This exclusive video highlights the extraordinary efforts to protect the Florida panther.
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Salt: The best loop hike in Southern Appalachia is also one of the toughest.

Everything was wet. Water pooled on the tent floor. Flecks of leaves and dirt clung to the tent wall and exposed skin. We peeled off layers of drenched clothing as we sat on soggy gear. My partner, Seth, reached into the depths of his pack and pulled out a pair of wool socks with a…
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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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