20170901_SWV Tourism RR-102 March 21st, 2019

Is This the Most Scenic Section of the Appalachian Trail?

Southwest Virginia has become a tourist destination for many reasons—scenic mountains, heritage music, farm-to-table restaurants, and Appalachian culture, just to name a few. But many people are passing through on a much larger journey: Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of hikers each year set out on the 2,200-mile long trail that connects Springer Mountain in […]

20170518_Spring Cleaning_Tent_Camping March 14th, 2019

How to Spring Clean Your Outdoor Gear

After getting home from spending time in the great outdoors, whether it’s a day hike or weeklong camping trip, the last thing anyone feels like doing is cleaning their gear. All too often, exhaustion and procrastination win out, and people tend to stuff their dirty, grimy gear in the far corner of a garage only […]

20180918-BCBSAL-blister March 7th, 2019

Tips for Hikers on Preventing and Treating Blisters

What’s a hiker’s worst and most common enemy? Bears? Weather? No! It’s the common, but painful, blister. Even a short day hike can seem like a death march when you have blisters, but there are ways to prevent this suffering, or at least reduce the pain. The key is to know potential pressure points where […]

Swamp Rabbit Trail Greenville February 22nd, 2019

5 Excellent Long-Distance Bike Paths in the Southeast

On the horizon for Charlotte is a contiguous 26-mile, paved bike path that will bisect the Queen City. When it's completed, the Cross Charlotte Trail will provide an alternative mode of transportation and easy access to recreational opportunities. What might be most exciting about the new trail, however, is that it’s just the beginning. As part of […]

JMT_Quiet Time near Bubbs Creek February 15th, 2019

Diversity, Ego, and Mileage: The Struggle for Inclusivity in the Thru Hiking Community

In recent years thru hiking has seen an explosion in popularity. Whether it’s due in part to the hugely popular book-turned-blockbuster Wild by Cheryl Strayed or simply because people are venturing outdoors in record numbers, America’s scenic trails are seeing a massive spike in numbers of hikers. Permits issued for the Pacific Crest Trail–which is […]

20180920-100 mile wilderness February 8th, 2019

How to Tackle a Long-Distance Hike in Winter

Hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, which begins on Georgia’s Springer Mountain and runs all the way north to Mount Katahdin in Maine, is certainly a hardcore adventure. But making it through the 100-Mile Wilderness in Maine–generally considered the wildest, most remote section–earns another level of bragging rights. Signs posted by the Maine Appalachian Trail Coalition […]

00-20170221_Washington_Seattle_Coast January 24th, 2019

11 Amazing Places to See Along the Washington Coast

Rugged, remote, and wild, the Washington Coast exceeds expectations with every mile you head north along U.S. Route 101–from the mouth of the Columbia River to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Known for its lack of amenities, there are only a few small towns scattered along the way, leaving you alone with the elements, […]

20170315 Alabama Great Eastern Trail Conecuh January 17th, 2019

The Great Eastern Trail: An Appalachian Trail Alternative

The Appalachian Trail is one of the world’s most famous–and, increasingly, one of the most crowded. According to estimates by trail groups, in 2016 approximately 3,300 people attempted to thru-hike the entire 2,200-mile trail. And that number doesn’t even count the number of section and day hikers on the trail on any given day. No […]

20181017-Washington-Wonderland Trail2 December 24th, 2018

10 Amazing (and Attainable) Thru-Hikes Across the Country

Weekend backpacking trips are one of the greatest gifts of the summer. You can get so much in just two to three days: a breathtaking vista, a serene mountain lake, a secluded old-growth forest. The only problem is that all too soon you’re back at the trailhead, preparing for the long drive home and wondering […]

View of Grand Portal in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan. December 17th, 2018

10 of the Best Hiking Trails in Michigan

Michigan may be known as the Great Lakes State–and the water-based recreational options really are abounding–but the incredible hiking should not be overlooked. Not only is Michigan the nation’s 11th largest state, it also holds the largest number of local and federal forests in the U.S. Whether you want to hike to an isolated beach, […]

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