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If you’re lucky, you encountered nature for the first time by running out the back door. During our writer's boyhood, a suburban forest was a gateway to learning, exploration, and natural splendors that shaped his life and career.

Rural Appalachia is the unhealthiest place in the country by almost any metric. Steve Bowling, a 45-year-old library director in Kentucky, has a simple remedy: nature walks.

Dale Sanders is an 81-year-old Kentucky-born retired civil servant who's leaving his wife and dog at home for the next five months to claim a record on the country’s most popular wilderness trail

As a full-time science student at Depaul University in Chicago, Michaela Kiersch trains at First Ascent Climbing to prepare for her weekend road trips to Red River Gorge.

10 easy trips, maximum fun guaranteed

Even if you don't believe in campfire stories about ghosts and aliens, you can get your fill of fright with a haunted pre-trick-or-treat hike this Halloween.

We've cut the fat (and circumnavigated the crowds) so you can enjoy any of these thrilling parks in just one day

One man and his canine pal cover 13,000 miles in 32 states to discover just how strong our relationship is with man's best friend.

Classic American adventures with great meals

Forget the drunk, stumbling, bleached-blonde, muscled hordes of Panama City. Take a trip to one of the country’s top spots for adventure and come back refreshed.

Your town got you down? We’ve got your escape plan. These 20 stars of America’s 21st-century Renaissance are riding a wave of civic reinvention and fresh ideas.