August 2021: The Parks Issue

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blue ridge outdoors august 2021 issue
On the cover: A calm summer day canoeing through the clouds at South Carolina’s Table Rock State Park. Photo by Tom Moors

Departments

Field Report
More crowds, less volunteers on public lands.

The Studio
A Pennsylvania artist’s mosaic creations.

Perspective
The country’s first Black Forest Service chief has a big job ahead of him.

Goods
Our expansive fall gear preview, and the best rain shells for the Blue Ridge.

The Out and Back
I stink at surfing and finally realized that’s OK. 

Trail Mix
New tunes from Billy Strings and Lucy Dacus; Jason Isbell covers Metallica.

Features

Must-Visit State Parks
Georgia’s Providence Canyon and more; plus the wild wonders of Headwaters State Forest.

The New School of Outdoor Education
With a welcoming environment, these Blue Ridge groups are getting more people outside. 

Summer Striper Runs
You have limited time to catch striped bass at these special streams in the South.

Distance Persistence 
Reckoning with past insecurities on a multi-day bikepacking trip. 

Special Sections

Outdoor Happenings
Fall 2021 Race & Event Guide

Parks of Virginia
5 Virginia Destinations with Amazing Park Access

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