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October 2021: The Hiking Issue

blue ridge outdoors hiking cover

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On the cover: Sunset during a hike in North Carolina’s Linville Gorge Wilderness. Photo by Nate Bowery


Field Report

Mountain bikers will soon have plenty of trails to ride in eastern Tennessee.

The Studio

The sculptures of artist and angler Ryan Smith.

The Out and Back

The necessity of the adventure cleanse.


The best new hiking gear for Blue Ridge trails. 


Connecting life’s dots helps a runner complete an Appalachian classic.

Trail Mix

New tunes from Gov’t Mule and Wilderado, plus the return of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.


Trail Magic

Hikers share tales of how simple acts of kindness help keep them moving.

Native Brookies

Where to catch coveted trout in high-elevation Appalachian streams.

Less Crowds, More Adventure

We explore four under-the-radar fall escapes.

To the Ones Who Came Before

Reflecting on the increased opportunities and access to the outdoors. 

Avoidable Mistakes

Don’t make these backpacking blunders.


There’s so much to absorb on a mountain ascent.

Special Sections

Nine Seriously Stunning Hiking Destinations in the Blue Ridge

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