Read the latest issue for free here 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 ReportInside the efforts to bring mussels back to the James River. PerspectiveWhen a runner receives an ominous diagnosis, she rethinks her sport. Out and BackLearning how to be alone in the wild. GoodsOur favorite products from brands based in the Blue Ridge. Trail MixNew music from the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Big Thief. Features Best of the Blue RidgeReaders pick the top places, faces, and races in the mountains. Race RundownStart training and get ready to run five of the region’s best races. Coastal EscapesBeat the winter blues with these sweet Atlantic getaways. Common GroundAn unexpected partnership is pushing for the Craggy section of Pisgah National Forest to become a National Scenic Area. Free the FlowEnvironmental groups and outdoors enthusiasts want to remove Tugalo Dam so the Chattooga River can run as nature intended. Difficult PursuitsAn unlikely adventurer keeps pushing her limits. Special Sections Outdoor Happenings to Plan for This YearThe top outdoor races, festivals, events, and experiences in the Blue Ridge and beyond. Trails of the SoutheastDiscover the best spots to hike, bike, and paddle in our region, plus some of the best craft beverage makers you can find.