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August 2023: Best National Park Hikes

On the cover: A hiker views a double arch sunrise looking over Auxier Ridge in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. Photo by Max Caswell (@maxcaswellphotos)


Field report

A trip to LeConte Lodge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Out and Back

I’m too old to be a transient dirtbag. 

The Goods

College offers plenty of adventures. Here’s the best back-to-school gear.

Trail Mix

News tunes from Old Crow Medicine Show and Buck Meek.


National Park Hikes

Great treks on the trails of Shenandoah, Mammoth Cave, and more. 

Major Adventure

Learn about the outdoor opportunities at East Tennessee State University, named
by our readers as this year’s Top Adventure College.

Seeing Red

Why Kentucky’s iconic Red River Gorge is a Southern adventure essential. 

Fast Kid

Meet Asheville’s Rocky Hansen, one of the best high school runners ever. 

Disappearing Grasslands

Inside efforts to save native habitats in the Southeast.

 River Revival

Coordinated efforts and community engagements are helping the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. 

Special Sections

Outdoor Happenings

The top outdoor races, festivals, events, and experiences in the Blue Ridge and Beyond from now through November

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