June 2021: The Paddling Issue

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On the cover: Maryland’s Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a paddler’s paradise where solitude abounds. Photo by Stephen Catalano

Departments

Quick Hits
North Carolina paddler goes for Olympic gold and the region’s top adventure schools. 

Explore
Why paddling the Ozarks is worth it.

The Studio
Heather O’Donnell hand-embroiders magnolia leaves into one-of-a-kind pieces.

Interview
Record-breaking A.T. adventurer talks the business of hiking.

The Goods
Paddle on with our picks for the best new kayaking gear.

The Out and Back
Hard lessons learned on a hard trail.

Trail Mix
New tunes from Yola, the Felice Brothers, and Goose.  

Features

Paddle the Wild South
The region’s national wildlife refuges offer an array of flatwater splendor.

Ripple Effect
The best whitewater rapids to get beginners into paddling. 

Thru-Kayaking Barrier Islands
Paddling off the beaten path in Virginia. 

Jump In
Get ready to cool off in the Blue Ridge’s best swimming holes. 

Building Boats
A North Carolina camp that fosters some of the best paddling talent in the South teaches campers how to build canoes. 

Hazed and Confused
A hiker’s breathing trouble in the smoggy South. 

Special Sections

Paddling the Southeast
From raging whitewater to coastal floats, this guide is designed to help you plan your next paddling adventure in the Southeast.

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