February 2022: The Best of the Blue Ridge Issue

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On the cover: Chica, now blind, enjoys one of her last sunset views along the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. Photo by Jay Michaud, winner of the 2021 Blue Ridge Outdoors cover photo contest

Departments

Field Report
Inside the efforts to bring mussels back to the James River.

Perspective
When a runner receives an ominous diagnosis, she rethinks her sport. 

Out and Back
Learning how to be alone in the wild.

Goods
Our favorite products from brands based in the Blue Ridge.

Trail Mix
New music from the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Big Thief.

Features

Best of the Blue Ridge
Readers pick the top places, faces, and races in the mountains.

Race Rundown
Start training and get ready to run five of the region’s best races.

Coastal Escapes
Beat the winter blues with these sweet Atlantic getaways.

Common Ground
An unexpected partnership is pushing for the Craggy section of Pisgah National Forest to become a National Scenic Area.

Free the Flow
Environmental groups and outdoors enthusiasts want to remove Tugalo Dam so the Chattooga River can run as nature intended.

Difficult Pursuits
An unlikely adventurer keeps pushing her limits.

Special Sections

Outdoor Happenings to Plan for This Year
The top outdoor races, festivals, events, and experiences in the Blue Ridge and beyond.

Trails of the Southeast
Discover the best spots to hike, bike, and paddle in our region, plus some of the best craft beverage makers you can find.

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