This month the Outside Book Club will read ‘Riverman,’ by Ben McGrath, the tale of a traveler who glimpsed the kind of freedom most of us only dream about
This North Carolina city is an outdoor vacation hub you’ll never want to leave
All you need is a long weekend to get out, get lost, and find yourself again. From Asheville to Seattle, we’ve researched the best three-day wilderness trips within road-tripping distance from a city.
SylvanSport CEO Tom Dempsey says “public lands are to the outdoor industry as roads and bridges are to the automotive or transportation industry”
The two-hour corridor from Asheville, North Carolina, to Bluff City, Tennessee, packs eight adventures into 60 miles
The addition of 10 new members brings the organization to a count of 83 retailers in 45 states
Homesteaders were ready for this. Here's how to kick your self-sufficiency skills into high gear.
In the South, a series of hostels have welcomed hikers, defying trail closures and guidelines. They say they're acting on behalf of their communities.
Anna Levesque uses yoga to slow down and fight self-doubt
Despite the coronavirus, you can legally thru-hike the Appalachian Trail right now. But should you?
The ice climber, kayaker, and paraglider continues to explore uncharted territories into his fifties
The start of spring is one of the best times to travel, thanks to perfect weather, fun festivals, and a screaming flight deal to the Virgin Islands
Joey Henson draws maps of his favorite climbing areas around Boone, North Carolina, and sells them to raise funds for land conservation
Completing the entire trail isn't the point
The North Carolina–based buddy adventure brings blue-collar fishing culture to the big screen
For times when you want the surf and sand but not all the hype
There was something about Primland that made Emily Nunn see red—a lavish and expensive outdoor Xanadu situated near her beloved Virginia hometown. Then she went there and had... a pretty good time. Blame the trout stream and the 400-thread-count linens.
This video recaps the Tuck Fest's deep-water solo competition at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
Crews carry your gear and provide meals and campsites as you cruise through some of America's most scenic back roads
Jeff Lenosky travels the U.S. knocking out mountain biking's toughest trails. Here's how he stays fit.
Fitness studios are incorporating rowing into every kind of workout imaginable. But can it actually be fun?
The world's best lodges have something in common—unparalleled access to vast wilderness, soaring peaks, and empty coastlines
Hugo was the worst hurricane to ever hit the U.S. Florence could be worse.
Classroom time isn't so bad when you're building fly-fishing rods in Virginia or barbecuing in the Lone Star State
Newly created state offices are promoting outdoor recreation as a major contributor to local economies and the public good, but they need a lot more support to be successful
At these five parks, the food is the treasured resource.
"Confluence" gathering works toward debut of national platform to strengthen and align state-level efforts
Find out how your state stacks up
Score everything from hotel rooms to concert tickets to dinner reservations on the online marketplace
Frugal Backpacker is helping adventurers spend less and play more
August’s full solar eclipse is the first visible from the United States since 1979. Traveling over 14 states on its way east, from Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse passes over the southern end of the Appalachian Trail - a 2,200-mile wilderness hike that winds from Georgia to Maine.
You may be in the middle of the wilderness, but a local IPA isn’t that far away
Have a perfect summer day in this beautiful North Carolina mountain town
For his latest timelapse project, filmmaker Mike Zorger wanted to find a spot East Coast with Western-like light pollution, despite major metropolitan areas and condensed population
This video is part of a series from Moxy International called Where the Wind Blows that profiles female kiteboarders.
How to build a huge fire while staying on the right side of the law
Two North Carolina fishermen venture out to some of the state's most remote fishing holes.
This video of Highlands, North Carolina, features footage of Glenn Falls, Whiteside Mountain, and one of the area's most popular antique stores
For 28 years, Kay Grayson lived side-by-side with wild black bears in North Carolina's swampy coastal forests, hand-feeding them, defending them against poachers, and letting them in her home. When she went missing last year, the only thing the investigators could find were her clean-picked bones. And that's just the start of the mystery.
You can hang in Cancun with the rest of the world, or head to one of these less well-known spots for a real ocean adventure.
From epic skiing in Antarctica to a lazy beer-fueled canoe trip in North Carolina, these are the best places to visit this year
Mountain bikers and wilderness advocates have buried the hatchet and created an alliance in the Appalachians—but will the Forest Service back their plan?
Where to enjoy autumn's best views—on two feet or two wheels
Presenting blueprints for the best way to beat post-summer blues
Learning to ride the waves isn't easy. But pick the right spot and find a gifted enough teacher, and you'll find your flow state
Find a hardy vehicle and hit the (off-) road
And you thought trail runners got all the good views.
In burgs recognized for an abundance of adventure, these are the winning places that will set you up for everything
A river- and mountain-loving town took home the top prize (again) in our 2015 contest.
Plus, 5 tips to avoid a close encounter
A nonprofit aims to publicize never-before-seen footage of marine life in its natural, undisturbed habitat. The goal? Develop the ultimate marine observation tool.
When a craft-beer brewery starts making hand-made mountain bikes and putting them on a kickass North Carolina ranch, happiness is only a singletrack ride away.
Kai Lightner of Fayetteville, North Carolina, is making himself known in pro competitions and confidently tackling some of the toughest routes out there. It's even more impressive when you consider that he's only a high school sophomore.
An epic, 10,000-mile road trip across America to find the best place to live in the country.
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.
It's the hoppiest day of the year!
Long stretches of open road through some of the most beautiful areas of the country, peppered with wildlife sightings, adventurous detours, and good brews—it's so much more than getting from Point A to Point B.
How a dedicated group of denim and apparel companies are ushering in a new age of American craftsmanship
Tough question. That’s like asking someone to choose between a Ferrari and Lamborghini (served on a bun). And to be fair, South Carolina should be added to the list—because their pork barbecue differs a bit from North Carolina’s, and enjoys the same cultlike following. As for which is…
Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia have the biggest mountains among the 14 states on the Appalachian Trail. The southern portion of the Appalachian Trail. Although the promise of southern temps might draw spring break hikers to Georgia, sleet and snow are common here in March. Georgia is better hiked in…
A peeping stroll is not an acceptable last outdoor gasp before winter. Presenting the best active autumn escapes.
The options can be daunting, so we've narrowed it down to five trips you shouldn't miss.
Want to get your children hooked on the active life? In these five family-friendly towns, adventure is right outside the front door.
In short: they clean up a lot of poop
This may sound silly, but I plan trips to mountain towns around the brews that flow from their taps. What would you say are the East’s best craft and microbrews that come from mountain towns?
Settle a bet between me and a buddy. He said there are a couple of pretty good places to ski in the South. I say there’s no such thing as good skiing in the South. Who’s right?
Meet the preppers, a rattled, robust survivalist movement whose members just hate being called survivalists. Emily Matchar investigates the 21st century's wildest new apocalyptic scene.
The rankest mountain roads for testing your cycling mettle
I live in the Southeast and I’m a pretty good amateur photographer. What are some of the most amazing, camera-worthy hikes in my neck of the woods?
Globe-trotters: we've got you covered. Our 2012 Travel Awards honor the best destinations on seven continents—everything from idyllic beach escapes to camping safaris in Kenya to a mountain-bike expedition in Tibet. Plus: Outside-endorsed outfitters, adventure insurance, and more.
We've got your all-access pass to summer: 21 DIY and outfitted adventures guaranteed to recharge for less than $500*. Just pick oneor fiveand leave your lawnmower behind. *Transportation not included
It’s hard to beat correspondent MARK ANDERS in the Fun Dad department. Living on the coast of North Carolina, he religiously surfs and takes his sonsLuke, 7, and Nicholas, 4on his 16-foot skiff to fish, hunt crabs, and play pirates on nearby islands. Here he attempts, with wife Ilene’s help,…
Masochistic surf kook bent on taming very large stand-up paddleboard seeks Graveyard of the Atlantic for island-linking expedition entirely at whim of wind and waves.
Some cities are magnets for groundbreaking industries. Here are 13 that have put themselves on the map.
Healthy. That's the word we kept coming back to. And we don't mean a fit or skinny population; we're talking about a city's cultural vibrancy, economic well-being, and overall quality of life. Presenting our picks for the 10 best cities in America, from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Plus: Our 10 favorite small towns.
A couple of friends and I want to take a spring break trip sea kayaking. Although we own play boats, we would need to rent sea kayaks. We are college students, so we need to keep the cost at about $1,200 or so for the whole week. We would prefer the East Coast, but if costs and/or weather make this difficult, we would try some West Coast flavor, too. What do you suggest? Lucas Benton, AR