TOP 12 OUTDOOR EVENTS THIS MONTH
 —BY BOAT, BOOT AND BIKE THE DIRTY DOZEN 1. CHUPACABRA CHALLENGE SECOND BLOOD: DECEMBER 1, BOONE, N.C.
 Famous last words: “It’s only a 5K.” Don’t be fooled. The Chupacabra Challenge Extreme 5K Trail Run is more than just another tasty morsel for the curious weekend warrior. It’s a nasty,…

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No outdoor activity is more ridiculed than birding. It’s the “Dungeons and Dragons” of the outdoor world. And yet 50 million people consider themselves bird watchers. It’s one of the fastest growing sports (yes, I said sport) in the country.

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A plunge into a swimming hole should be a part of everyone’s summer. Relish the complete sense of surrender as your feet leave the rock, your body meets gravity, and everything goes silent as you fall toward the pool of water beneath you. The world disappears, and all you can see, all you can think of, is the calm depths beneath your feet.

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Each year, starting at the end of March, the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Parkway around Waynesboro becomes home to a welcome but curious phenomenon: flocks of hunky, happy cyclists, most of them speaking French. You can set your calendar by this migration: soon after they arrive, it’s time to set the clocks back and…

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Readers across the Southeast voted for their favorite regional rides, runs, and rambles. Whether you’re looking for the best mountain bike ride or the worst Blue Ridge villain, you’ll find it among our 81 outlandish outdoor awards.

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We have all been stuck on those roaring hot weekend afternoons when you find yourself slave to the lawnmower, and your mind begins to drift downstream on your favorite river. How do you squeeze more than one day a week or even worse one day a month of boating into your hectic schedule? You gotta…

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Six epic rides in the Southeast. Get the skinny on these fat tire favorites.

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Predicting the future is a hard thing to do. Mark Twain refused to invest $5,000 in the telephone because he thought it wasn’t practical. In 1927, H.M. Warner of Warner Brothers Studios said talking movies were a fad. Decca Recording Company rejected the Beatles in 1962, saying “guitar music is on the way out.” For every Nostradamus, there’s a Lord Kelvin, the British scientist at the turn of the 20th century who said radio had no future, flying machines were impossible, and the X-ray was a hoax.

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Despite a location just 45 miles northwest of the nation’s capital, Purcellville feels personably removed from D.C.’s urban sprawl. It’s got an old soul—quaint and historical in appearance with a colorfully diverse populace of around 6,000.

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You’ve turned off the cell phone, put the home renovations on hold, and are ready to head into the woods. The snacks are packed, the kids are loaded in the car, but where are you gonna go? From the best car camping spots to easy-going hiking and whitewater, we’ve got you covered with beta on the best kid-friendly destinations in the Southeast.

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Want to join the century club? The Blue Ridge boasts some of the biggest, baddest 100 mile tests of endurance – from 100-mile mountain ultramarathon runs to singletrack century bike rides. Do you have what it takes to go the distance?

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Footbag isn’t just the sport you played in the parking lot after school. In fact a lot of people take it quite seriously. It’s been competitive sport in several forms since the 1970’s—with a substantial number of footbag tournaments and festivals held around the world every year.

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