Issues

January – February 2020: Best of the Blue Ridge

Features Best of the Blue Ridge Readers pick their favorite race, faces, and places in the region. Snow in the South Thirty-three years after publishing Southern Snow: The Winter Guide to Dixie, author Randy Johnson reflects on the cult classic, which has just been reissued with a second edition.  The Slopes on a Budget Determined…
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November – December 2019: Top Adventure Towns

Features Top Adventure Towns For the ninth straight year, Blue Ridge Outdoors’ readers selected the best adventure hubs in the region.  The Rundown: Best Southern Slopes From gentle greens to thrilling black diamonds, check out our guide to the top resort runs in the Blue Ridge. Plus, a look at the South’s favorite cross-country skiing…
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October 2019: Mountain Getaways

Features Secrets of the World’s Greatest Runners How did Arnulfo Quimare, a Tarahumara goat herder, beat the world’s most elite and highly trained runners? Secret number one: don’t train. The Life and Death of Free Soloing Has Alex Honnold’s Yosemite climb sparked more daredevils? North Carolina soloist Austin Howell fell to his death this summer…
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September 2019: Best Bike Parks

Features Bike Packing Follow in the muddy tread of two classic bikepacking adventures in Big South Fork National Recreation Area and Pisgah National Forest. Gravel Grinder For a backpacker, there may not be a better way to see North Carolina than on a bike The Rise of High School Biking In the last ten years,…
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August 2019: The Parks Issue

FEATURES Do You Have Eco-Anxiety? Parents and experts share ways to stay positive and maintain hope in an age of climate uncertainty. Parks Guide 2019 From Mount Mitchell to Blackwater Falls, our state parks host world-class adventure. Here are 12 favorites, along with the behind-the-scenes stories of the visionaries who helped create them. Tennessee’s Wildest…
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July 2019: Road Warriors

Features Dad’s Gear Closet After losing her father, a hiker rediscovers his vintage gear—and his inspiration. Road Warriors Meet three of the country’s most inspiring adventurers: Daniel White biked the Underground Railroad; Fox ‘n’ Miles sold their home to travel the country in an RV; and Angela Maxwell is walking around the world on foot. …
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June 2019: Urban Adventures

2019 Paddling Guide Features Urban Paddling You don’t have to travel far to squeeze in a day on the water. These nine rivers offer closer-to-home paddling adventure. Hometown Heroes Top athletes from across the region reveal their 25 favorite urban adventure hotspots.  You are Being Poisoned Virginia native Bucky Bailey is the central figure in…
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May 2019: Festival Guide

Features Festival Guide 2019 Call your friends, grab your tickets, and get ready to go. Our 16th annual Festival Guide highlights the 100 best fests in the Blue Ridge—along with our favorite headliners and side stages, fest gear, and must-see acts.  Earn Your Brew Burn calories on beautiful trails, and then drink craft beer. We’ve…
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