2019 Paddling Guide

Features

Urban Paddling

You don’t have to travel far to squeeze in a day on the water. These nine rivers offer closer-to-home paddling adventure.

Hometown Heroes

Top athletes from across the region reveal their 25 favorite urban adventure hotspots. 

You are Being Poisoned

Virginia native Bucky Bailey is the central figure in a groundbreaking new Netflix documentary The Devil We Know. Bucky takes on a corporate titan to protect his family and the health of his hometown—and helps reveal a toxin lurking in all of our bodies and homes. 

The Secret to Winning Leadville

Katie Arnold made a remarkable comeback from a potentially career-ending injury to win the Leadville 100 Mile Race last year. How did she do it? Her first-person essay takes us mile by mile in her footsteps. 

Blood in the Snow

Knoxville’s first climber to summit Everest helps rescue a critically wounded Sherpa along the way.

Dead Bears on the Highway

Bear collisions with vehicles are increasing, especially in places like Interstate 40 adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What can be done to keep the roads safe for motorists and wildlife? 

Departments

QUICK HITS

The Long Creek Gangsters are the bad boys of Chattooga paddlingPaddler attempts record-breaking 100-mile circumnavigation of Lake LanierWild workouts from the world’s fittest man  

FLASHPOINT

The Big Cut: Trump’s New Timber Rule Threatens the Future of Our National Forests

THE GOODS

Paddling experts pick their personal favorites for whitewater and flatwater fun.

TRAIL MIX

Sounds of Summer: 5 big tours rolling through the South

LAST WORD

Small is Beautiful: National parks grab most of the headlines, but state parks are thriving, especially in Southern Appalachia. 

On the Cover

Sunrise on Kerr Lake in central Virginia in Mecklenburg

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