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.

Starting Out

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jul 08
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You dream it for years, you plan it for months, then abruptly the time comes to undertake your goal and suddenly you don’t know how to feel.

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Out of the Wilderness

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jul 08
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They say that memory starts to fade with age, and at the ripe ol’ age of 25 I am starting to feel the effects.

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Bear Breath

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jun 08
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by JAY HARDWIG It’s been twenty years since that fateful day on the spine of the Smoky Mountains, but the scene stays fresh in my mind: the insidious curve of her claws, the chest-rattling depth of her roar, the, um . . . the, um, . . . the warm viscous drip of her slobber.…

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Hiker Holiday

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 08
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National Trails Day June 7

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The Storm

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jun 08
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There’s no doubt about it: I thought we were going to die at the top of that mountain.

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Exploring Natural Wonders

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jun 08
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How can I tell if a snake is venemous? The most common venomous snakes in the U.S. are pit vipers, which include rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths. They vary in color but are usually thick-bodied with a large, triangular head and vertical pupils. Their distinguishing feature is the heat-sensitive pit between the nostril and eye, which…

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Mind and Mountain

By Beau Beasley | 01 May 08
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While hiking 3,500 miles, I had endless opportunity to inquire into all the corners of nature, life, and myself.

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The Secret Cabin

By BRO Staff | 01 May 08
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The Secret Cabin Tyler Currie, Thurmont, Md. Two summers ago, on a whim, I stepped off a familiar foot trail and climbed up an embankment deep in the forest. At the top I found a decrepit little shack among the trees. It was a minor miracle that I had never before stumbled across this sorry…

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Walking the Labyrinth

By BRO Staff | 01 Apr 08
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"The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started / and know the place for the first time." —T.S. Eliot

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Not Backing Down

By Beau Beasley | 01 Mar 08
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A.T. Thru-Hiker Dedicates Her Next Journey to Hiking Victims

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GEAR GUIDE 2008 : HIKING

By BRO Staff | 01 Feb 08
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Gear Guide Home : Boots : Back Packs : Tents : Bags : Pads : Apparel : Accessories BOOTS GEAR CHALLENGE VS. Montrail Torre vs. Asolo Flame GTX Avid hiker Jason Collier never thought he would let go of his Montrail Torres. For the past five years the classic rugged boot has been his favorite…

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The Need for Speed

By Beau Beasley | 01 Jan 08
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I love hiking. I love going into the woods and spending the entire day playing in rivers, gazing across mountain vistas, and enjoying the camaraderie and solace provided by fellow hikers and a warm fire.

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JUMP! Swimming Holes with Big Splashes

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 07
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A plunge into a swimming hole should be a part of everyone’s summer. Relish the complete sense of surrender as your feet leave the rock, your body meets gravity, and everything goes silent as you fall toward the pool of water beneath you. The world disappears, and all you can see, all you can think of, is the calm depths beneath your feet.

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The Hiker’s Bookshelf

By BRO Admin | 01 Jan 06
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You want to spend your time hiking—not reading about it. So we’ve done the homework for you. Here are ten essential Southeastern hiking reference books that belong on every hiker’s shelf.

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South Carolina’s Steepest Hike

By BRO Admin | 01 Jul 05
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The mountains in Upstate South Carolina are the Rodney Dangerfield of the Blue Ridge – they don’t get no respect. Perhaps it’s because they’re so much lower than in North Carolina. Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina, is only 3,554 feet high compared with Mt. Mitchell’s 6,684 feet. However, the gorgeous views, amazing rock outcropping and outstanding waterfalls makes these mountains a great place to explore almost anytime except the height of the summer.

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