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April 2020: Outdoor Families

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

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Quick Hits
E-Bikes – Plank Record – Styrofoam Ban – Runners Getting Slower – Lands Protected in Tennessee and Virginia

Riding the Swamp Fox Passage in South Carolina’s Francis Marion National Forest.

Maintaining the Appalachian Trail is hard yet rewarding work done by dedicated volunteers.

The Goods
Gear for the Whole Family

Trail Mix
Jim Lauderdale gets back to his North Carolina roots.

photo courtesy The Baker Family


Outdoor Families
Blue Ridge parents share ways they get kids outside. 

Squirt Boating in the South
Special skills are required for what’s known as the “grandfather of freestyle kayaking.”

Riding for Mental Health
In West Virginia mountain biking is helping kids combat stress. 

Type 1 Rad
An adventure guide’s greatest challenge is dealing with diabetes.

The South’s Next National Scenic Area?
A new coalition is working hard to protect the 16,000-acre Craggy section of Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. 

Special Sections

The Go Outside and Play Guide
Planning for your next weekend getaway? Check out these six outdoor adventure hotspots for the best recreation, food, and lodging recommendations. Follow the itineraries or create your own when you Go Outside and Play

On the Cover

Family paddling on Claytor Lake. Photo by Sam Dean.

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