1,700 Number of bikes donated to disadvantaged kids by the late Avrum Morrow, who passed away in January at the age of 93. The Montreal-based Morrow had been anonymously gifting the bikes via the Sun Youth Organization for more than three decades. For his 60th birthday, Morrow, who became known as “Bike Man” until his…

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How Kristopher Cargile turned his life around, one step at a time We met on a cold, rainy day in a bustling, upbeat coffeehouse. Amid the hectic clanging, pain darkened his face. It was a stark change from the bubbly, funny, seemingly carefree trail runner who had been one of my constant companions at a…

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UGA study reveals that 89 percent of visitors to public land support Wilderness Wilderness designation is a tool for permanent protection of the South’s wildest places, but how do Southerners feel about wilderness areas? With population swelling in the South, should wilderness areas be opened to resource extraction, or are wilderness areas more vital than…

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NC bill would require all cyclists to register their bicycles House Bill 157, introduced by Representative Jeffrey Elmore, R-Wilkes, would require all NC cyclists riding on a public street or highway to pay a $10 registration fee and attach a registration plate to the back of their bicycle or risk a $25 ticket. The fees…

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Giant 700-pound alligator found in Georgia A farmer in southwest Georgia found something he wasn’t expecting in an irrigation ditch: a massive alligator. When a wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources arrived at the scene, he was shocked to see that the gator was 13 feet, 4…

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Seven Destinations To Get In On The Action There’s a brutish undercurrent gaining momentum in fly fishing. Across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, anglers are taking the delicate tools and techniques traditionally associated with surface-sipping trout, and they’re adapting them to pursue warmwater fish. While fly fishing for bass and bream is not new, this evolution…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park hires first female chief ranger to oversee law enforcement Lisa Hendy, a 26-year National Park Service veteran, has become the first female chief ranger in the Resource and Visitor Protection Division at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hendy will oversee law enforcement duties, emergency medical services, wildland fire operations, search…

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It’s thirty-five degrees outside according to the car thermometer, here where the Bartram Trail crosses the North Carolina/Georgia state line and heads north into the Overflow Wilderness Study Area.  At mid-day, this is the warmest temperature I will encounter on this clear late March afternoon. Pockets of snow still lie about the trailhead where my…

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Conservation project in North Georgia will include hiking, caving and more Nearly 2,400 acres on Lookout Mountain and into Johnson’s Crook in Dade County, Georgia have been preserved and will be managed by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc. (SCCI) as the new Charles B. Henson Preserve at Johnson’s Crook. Last week, SCCI announced it received…

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8 Trout Towns for Fly Fishing

What makes a trout town? Does it hinge solely on an area’s proximity to coveted rivers, lakes, and streams? Or is it the confluence of top-notch anglers and a vibrant fishing culture? Personally, I tend to seek out the latter when searching for the next best destination for a multi-day fly fishing excursion. For me,…

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For fly fishers this side of Alaska, the most likely place to do battle with trout approaching 30 inches is on private trophy water. But depending on the experience you’re looking for, not all trophy waters are created equal. There are questions to ask before dropping a few hundred bucks on a trophy trip. Is…

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Who are the top raft guides and most inspiring thru-hikers? What’s the best bike shop in the Blue Ridge? Thousands of readers from across the region voted in our seventh annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards.

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