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The two-hour corridor from Asheville, North Carolina, to Bluff City, Tennessee, packs eight adventures into 60 miles

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.

My grandpa served in the Army's tough-as-nails Tenth Mountain Division during World War II. After the war, soldiers from the Tenth pioneered the rambling mountain lifestyle I live today. Every year, I ski to remember him.

You can get away on a dime at this time of year

Despite being one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., the Smokies make it easy to plan a last-minute trip and avoid crowds year-round. Here’s our definitive guide on what to know before you go, how to make the most of all the park has to offer, and can’t-miss experiences in every season.

It's situated next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park's largest campground and is a now an eerie piece of history

The 2019 U.S. Pro and Para-Cycling Road Championships are in Knoxville from June 27 to 30. Here's how to make the most of a weekend in Tennessee's "scruffy" jewel.

We're no strangers to the suffering that happens during Tennessee's annual Barkley Marathons, but this puts it in perspective

After one hiker was killed and another wounded after a weekend attack on the AT, many are asking why something wasn't done about James Jordan sooner

Olde Virden's Red Hot pepper flakes turn even the rankest dehydrated meal into mouthwatering fare

These trails thrill hikers with more than just scenery

What kind of sadist creates the hardest race in the world? We sent our writer to find out.

For a mouthwatering "fitcation," head to Cookeville, Tennessee, where CrossFit star Rich Froning will show you how to eat and play like a local

Freeze your brain and melt your inhibitions with one of these delicious frozen-drink recipes for adults

If you can't afford the $50 per month membership fee, this gym will let you in anyway

Pack the cooler. From surfing in Rhode Island to fishing the newly reborn Elwha River in the Northwest, these are the season’s quintessential weekend escapes.

America will soon be treated to its first total solar eclipse in decades. Here's where to see it.

The Great Eastern Trail spans nine states and 1,600 miles just west of the Appalachian Trail, but private landowners, meager funding, and sluggish construction are holding up the completion of America's next big wilderness route

Here are some innovative ideas towns and cities across the country have adopted to make the world a better place, one mile of singletrack at a time

Lula Lake has served many used including a sanctuary for Union soldiers, a dumping zone for people's trash, and most recently a protected natural area.

The Nashville local wowed the world with a fast submission in his UFC debut. But it was only because he's a lifelong athlete whose fitness is never far from match-ready.

The first-ever documentary about the notorious ultramarathon was just as secretive and nearly as difficult to complete as the race itself

In burgs recognized for an abundance of adventure, these are the winning places that will set you up for everything

Two days in the city should be enough to convince you to make the move

A river- and mountain-loving town took home the top prize (again) in our 2015 contest.

Two towns bonded over their Best Towns rivalry

A hand-made skateboard that's changing lives

You’ll recognize at least a few of the names on American Rivers’ annual Endangered Rivers list—but what will you do to ensure they remain pristine?

A father-son Nashville duo makes this lust-worthy, bombproof bag designed to stop bullets and turn heads.

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.

What’s one thing college kids and health nuts apparently have in common? Butt chugging. And a total lack of common sense.

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…

The options can be daunting, so we've narrowed it down to five trips you shouldn't miss.

I tend to divide the handfishing world into two groups: those of us who knew about and appreciated the sport called noodling (or catching fish with your bare hands) before the Animal Planet show “Hillbilly Handfishin’,” and all of the wannabes who are just now jumping on the bandwagon and…

We've got your all-access pass to summer: 21 DIY and outfitted adventures guaranteed to recharge for less than $500*. Just pick one—or five—and leave your lawnmower behind. *Transportation not included

GRIZZLY ADAMS FAMILY“There’s a bear!” This simple exclamation triggered the angriest parental outbust of my youth. At least, that’s how I remember it. I was seven years old, sitting in the backseat of our family station wagon, driving through Yellowstone for the first time. We’d set out from Boston…

Love Acadia, the Tetons, and the Grand Canyon? Wait until you meet their crazy little cousins.

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What type of apparel would you wear for backpacking to keep your burly legs warm in the Georgia and Tennessee mountains from November to March? Jason Calhoun, GA

Nothing beats a great live show, especially when you’re enjoying it under the sun or the stars. Presenting the 15 best outdoor music festivals in North America. Because summer is the time to play the field. Sasquatch! Bonnaroo The Roots Picnic Telluride Bluegrass…

There are two choices when confronting the current chaos in the job market: Be afraid. (Useless.) Be bold. (That’s the spirit.) Because moments of turmoil present the biggest opportunities to take a new direction, to find an employer who gets your need for adventure, to finally break free of the cubicle. How We Picked…

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.

Ten go-now getaways that are short on hassle but long on adventure—no passport required

Combine your next visit to a national park with a bonus raid on a great state park or national forest—and get twice the escape

Most families plan one big blowout vacation each summer—which still leaves a lot of summer left to enjoy. Our advice: Think weekends. Our seven getaways are active enough to keep older kids entertained, yet won’t be daunting for the younger ones. And they’re close to major cities, so you won’t…

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32 YEARS AGO this summer, my pal, the crime novelist Jim Crumley, his overeducated farmer friend from Arkansas, Harold McDuffy, and yours truly hiked six miles to Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park. For someone who had spent most of his life in the desert country of southeastern Oregon, this…

Want instant access to the Big Outdoors—trails, rivers, wild shores, just minutes from home—without compromising your livelihood? Then check out these ten towns on the verge of paradise, where you don't have to ditch it all to have it all.

Scoring big with your kids; unforgettable days in America's premier national playgrounds.

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