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October 2014

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The Need to Play

Free play, or unrestricted play, allows kids the chance to be unsupervised and choose how they wish to spend their free time, be it through a game of hide-and-seek, playing house, or even reading for pleasure. Anything in which the child is self-directed and is not doing the activity for any ulterior motive (except for the sake of the activity itself) is considered free play.

Trail Mix: Judah and the Lion, Kids These Days

Despite the well-known competitive music landscape in its home city, Judah & the Lion has quickly become a Nashville breakout act, earning fans with an uplifting acoustic sound that blends high-paced strumming and huge hooks. Potential anthems pile up on the band’s debut full-length album, Kids These Days, which just came out in September.

Essential Paddling Tips from Pros

Five pros weigh in with their essential paddling tips. Don't boat again until you read them!

Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge

The Challenge? Hike 10+ miles in 12 Wilderness Areas in the Southeast. Presented by The Wilderness Society & Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

What’s In Your Pack: AT Thru-Hike Record Holder Jennifer Pharr Davis

Jennifer Pharr Davis holds the speed record for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and is the founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Company in Asheville, N.C. Here she dumps out the contents of her pack for both day hikes and overnights.

Hidden Treasures: Ten Favorite State Parks

If you’re planning a late summer or fall vacation, how about visiting a state park? These ecological treasures often have the same vistas, bomber bike trails, epic hikes, and other outdoor creds as their more famous NPS brethren, but without the hordes.