The September issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is live!
We are proud to announce the release of another stellar issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. As the sun begins to set on the summer season in the Blue Ridge, we are looking forward to all that fall has to offer, mainly getting back in the saddle for the fall biking season! Following up on last month’s exceptional feature on the winners of our Best Adventure School reader poll, Travel Editor Jess Daddio put together another great story on mountain biking to waterfalls, the perfect activity for late summer. She traveled to North Carolina’s DuPont State Forest, which is both an up-and-coming mountain biking travel destination, and also the “Land of Waterfalls.” Along with mapping out loop rides for every riding ability, she also lists more great waterfall rides near you.
Continuing the mountain biking theme, we also have a feature from Graham Averill on Boone, North Carolina’s emergence as a biking mecca thanks to newly completed trail systems, specifically the Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park. Graham also writes on the politics and process of creating the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument out of a large swath of Monongahela National Forest, which could build on West Virginia’s already strong reputation as a singletrack state. Two more stories explore the impact bikes can have on a community, including the legacy projects Richmond, Va. is planning in conjunction with their hosting the 2015 ICU Road World Championships, and how one Blue Ridge based charity is changing lives halfway around the world by shipping bikes to impoverished peoples overseas. Rounding out our biking coverage is the story of Gen Shimizu, who rode the entire 2,754-mile length of the Great Divide Route…on a unicycle, a hilarious essay of how four dudes attempt to escalate their weekly ride, and end up going a little too big, and an essay on ditching the gears and going singlespeed in the mountains. You also have a chance to win a new Trek bike and a biking getaway to Abingdon, Va. – home of the Virginia Creeper Trail – in our Virginia is for Bike Lovers Giveaway.
Our fly fishing coverage includes a James River smallmouth fishing trip that goes horribly wrong, and a look at the best fly fishing gear for the fall season. You can also win a Guided Fly Fishing package to Asheville, N.C. including fishing, lodging, brewery tours, and more from Hunter Banks Fly Shop in our Hunter Banks Fly Fishing Weekend Getaway Giveaway.
We also take a look at the impact and politics of drilling and fracking for natural resources in our national forests, specifically the threat to George Washington National Forest and others in the Southeast, and fitness revolution based on the natural movements of the body.
And don’t forget our big debate on public nudity: Bare Me or Spare Me?
We hope you enjoy this issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors and feel free to send us a note about what you liked and didn’t like. We aim to please our readers and your input will help us shape Blue Ridge Outdoors in the future. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!