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The Adventure Collective publishes a series of outdoor adventure sports guides to adventures in Asheville, Boone, Brevard, Chattanooga, Charleston and The Great Smoky Mountains.

Best Places To Ride Electric Bikes In Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC is a beautiful city with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. And what better way to explore the city than on an electric bike? Here are some of the best places to ride electric bikes in Charleston: The Battery: The Battery is a beautiful waterfront promenade that...

McKinney Gap Boulders

The McKinney Gap Boulders are a new bouldering area just north of Asheville with high quality rock in a dense zone with a nice selection of fun climbs that range from moderately difficult (v2-v4) to a handful of classic hard problems in the v6-v10 range. The area was developed in large...

2015 Pisgah Stage Race

Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails In Brevard, NC

Pisgah National Forest is a mountain bike paradise, with over 160,000 acres of land and over 300 miles of singletrack trails that wind through lush forests, over rocky terrain, and past stunning waterfalls. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a trail in Pisgah...

Best Mountain Biking Trails In Dupont State Forest

Dupont State Forest is a popular destination for mountain bikers, with over 80 miles of trails that wind through lush forests, over rocky terrain, and past stunning waterfalls. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a trail in Dupont State Forest that’s perfect...

Best Trails For Mountain Biking In Brevard, NC

Brevard, North Carolina is a mountain bike mecca, with over 300 miles of singletrack trails that wind through the Pisgah National Forest. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a trail in Brevard that’s perfect for you. Here are some of the best places to ride a...

Windrock Tennessee National Enduro

Tennessee National Enduro At Windrock Bike Park

Windrock Mountain Bike Park, located in Oliver Springs, TN, is known for its challenging trails and epic downhill runs. But for two days each March, the park plays host to one of the toughest Enduro races in the country. The Windrock Enduro takes place on March 18-19, and features a multi...

Best Knoxville Fishing Spots

Knoxville, Tennessee is a great destination for fishing enthusiasts, with several rivers, lakes, and streams in the area that offer a variety of fishing opportunities for anglers of all levels. Fort Loudoun Lake: Fort Loudoun Lake is a 14,600-acre lake that offers several opportunities...

Best Knoxville Rock Climbing Spots

Knoxville, Tennessee is a great base for rock climbers, with several world-class climbing destinations within a few hours’ drive of the city. From sandstone cliffs and boulder fields to multi-pitch routes and technical climbing challenges, the region offers a variety of experiences...

Moore Cove Falls

Moore Cove Falls Trail: Looking for a short and sweet adventure in Pisgah? Look no further than Moore Cove Falls trail! This hike is understandably one of the more popular in the area, and for good reason. With a well-marked trail that’s just under 1.5 miles round trip, this...

Looking Glass Rock Climbing

Looking Glass Rock Climbing (Brevard)

Nestled in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest, just a short drive from Asheville, lies one of the best climbing destinations in the Southeast: Looking Glass Rock. With its stunning views, challenging climbs, and world-class reputation, Looking Glass is a must-visit destination for...

Top 5 Best Electric Fat Bikes In 2023

The All Terrain R750 HT from M2S Bikes makes the top of our list thanks to the numerous features that set it apart from the field of competitors. This bike features a 750 watt rear hub motor that helps it reach speeds of 28+ mph while also giving a huge boost up hills to make riding more...

Fish The Rocky Broad | Chimney Rock

Fish The Rocky Broad: Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a stone’s throw from Asheville, lies a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts: the Rocky Broad River. This pristine river is known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant population of rainbow, brown, and...

Avery Creek Trail to Bennett Gap Trail MTB Ride

Avery Creek Trail and Bennett Gap Trail: Two trails that live up to the “fast, steep, and gnarly” badge that the Pisgah Ranger District has earned are the Avery Creek and Bennett Gap singletrack. These two parallel trails are best accessed from the popular horse stable parking lot, off of...

Rocktown (Lafayette, Pigeon Mountain)

Rocktown is a boulder field located on top of Pigeon Mountain near Lafayette and the Georgia-Tennessee state line. It is internationally re-known for its high-quality sandstone boulders. The camping is primitive near the ranger’s house at the bottom of the mountain. Check for seasonal...

Foster Falls (Jasper)

Great wall of southern sandstone, featuring beginner, moderate, and expert level sport routes averaging between 50-70 feet tall. Everything from slabs to steep walls lines this 2-mile long cliff. The wall mainly faces south, so it is showered by sunlight all day. The Right Bunker and the...

Horse Pens 40 (Oneida, AL)

Horse Pens 40 is an international destination for boulderers, with acres of bulbous sandstone faces, blunt prows, tall slabs, steep overhangs, and challenging water grooves. For a small day fee ($5/day/climber), the owners, Mike and Gina Shultz, have been so kind to open up this once...

Escape into the Woods (Francis Marion National Forest)

Drive twenty minutes north of Charleston and there’s a seemingly endless selection of sandy logging roads to explore through the pine forests of the Francis Marion. To really get out there and take in a nice quiet run, head up into the Hellhole Bay Wilderness, where you’re likely to share...

Greenbrier Gravel Road

Greenbrier Gravel Road

(N 35.7386,  W -83.4163): Less traveled and gravel roads make great rides for mountain bikers. A good example is the Greenbrier Road near Gatlinburg. It’s a paved then gravel road past the Greenbrier Ranger Station and Campground to two dead end trailheads for the Ramsay Cascade and...

The “Road to Nowhere” - Road Ride

The “Road to Nowhere” – Road Ride

(N 35.4462, W -82.4551): When Fontana Lake was built in the 1940s, the federal government pledged to build a road along its northern shore for displaced local people to access family cemeteries. The government stopped construction when environmental concerns came up, then abandoned...

Ride Cades Cove

Ride Cades Cove

(N 35.6047, W -83.7748): Cyclists are welcome on the 11-mile scenic loop at all times but the best idea is to ride early on Wednesday or Saturday when the loop road is closed until 10 am so cyclists (and pedestrians) rule the road. This is the perfect time to breeze through the valley and...

National Park Road Rides

National Park Road Rides

(N 35.6031,  W -83.4494): From Newfound Gap, Clingmans Dome Road is a 14 mile roundtrip ride on a gradually rising road with great views. The Cherokee Orchard Loop Road (3 miles) and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (8 miles) are other choice scenic roads. From Cherokee, the Big Cove...

Run the Old Settlers Trail

Run the Old Settlers Trail

(N 35.7211, W – 83.3952): For runners looking to tackle truly tough trails, the Smokies is the spot. If you run in stouter footwear and want the workout of dodging rocks or climbing and descending steeper grades, try the Old Settlers Trail. This 17 mile run undulates between...

Run the Little River Trail

Run the Little River Trail

(N 35.6542, W – 83.5804): For 2.3 miles, the Little River Trail rises gradually as an old railroad bed past extensive evidence of early logging and park residents. It’s a pretty stream run, for an almost 5-mile round trip. There are nice views of Huskey Branch Falls at the top. To...

Paved Run in Campgrounds (Elkmont Campground)

Paved Run in Campgrounds (Elkmont Campground)

(N 35.6603, W – 83.5839):  Not every runner wants to tackle unpaved trails, so campgrounds and picnic areas rank right up there as options. You’ll be running loops, but you can easily drive around these sites to figure out the mileage and route you want. To start, grab the...

Ramsay Cascade Trail

Ramsay Cascade Trail

Ramsay Cascade Trail – Easy (N 35.7030, W -83.3569):  Ramsay Cascade Trail makes a nice 3-mile round trip run not far from Gatlinburg. Park at the trailhead and the first 1.5 miles of the trail beyond the road gate is itself a road on a very gradual grade. You’ll have to cross one...

Camp and Fish Deep Creek

Camp and Fish Deep Creek

Deep Creek (N 35.4644, W -83.4338):  If you’re seeking an overnight fishing adventure, head past the tubers on Deep Creek to the more remote upper waters. Numerous campsites dot the river between 4 and 6 miles from the trailhead at Highway 441. Once there, you’ll likely have a healthy mix...

Whitewater Kayak in the Surf (Edisto Island)

Whitewater Kayak in the Surf (Edisto Island)

Edisto Island’s underwater topography has a different gradient than its northern cousins, providing a shore break that’s got plenty of rodeo kayak potential for coastal-bound whitewater enthusiasts. Because Edisto isn’t the surfing hotspot that Folly is, you’ll likely have the waters...

Kitesurf an East Coast Hotspot (Sullivan’s Island)

Kitesurf an East Coast Hotspot (Sullivan’s Island)

Head to Sullivan’s Island’s Station 28.5 on even a slightly breezy day, and you’ll witness at least a dozen kites pulling riders across the water. The spot boasts some unique geographical erosion -for nearly a quarter of a mile offshore, the depth remains almost consistently three to six...

Jet Ski the Intracoastal Waterway (Isle of Palms)

Jet Ski the Intracoastal Waterway (Isle of Palms)

North of the IOP, the Intracoastal Waterway is an undeveloped wildlife haven ripe for exploration. Rent a WaveRunner from Tidalwave Watersports and take off toward Capers Island, part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and an excellent open waterway to enjoy some jet-propelled...

Paddle America’s First Canal (Moncks Corner)

Paddle America’s First Canal (Moncks Corner)

Old Santee Canal Park boasts an impressive museum, visitor center, and a boardwalk through the swampy area along the Cooper River. They also maintain the Santee Canal, built in the late 18th century to transport crops between the uplands and Charleston. Today, the canal is a fine place to...

Tidal Creek Disc Golf Course (West Ashley)

Tidal Creek Disc Golf Course (West Ashley)

Charleston is home to a handful of disc golf courses, and Tidal Creek at West Ashley Park is one of the nicest. The wooded, technical course winds along marshland and includes some tight drives. Your furry pal will enjoy keeping you company, and he might come in useful if you launch a...

Kiawah Beachwalker Park (Kiawah Island)

Kiawah Beachwalker Park (Kiawah Island)

Among Charleston’s beaches, Kiawah’s Beachwalker County Park has the least restrictive dog rules. They’re allowed year-round, all day long, as long as they’re leashed. It’s also one of the Lowcountry’s most beautiful and fragile beaches. Walk to the end of Capt. Sam’s Spit for a panoramic...

Explore Fort Moultrie (Sullivan’s Island)

Explore Fort Moultrie (Sullivan’s Island)

Fort Moultrie’s legacy lives forever on the S.C. state flag-the fort’s palmetto log sides famously absorbed a barrage of British cannonballs during the Revolutionary War. Today it’s a fine place to take your four-legged friend. Dogs aren’t allowed inside the fort itself, but when leashed...

James Island County Park Dog Park (James Island)

James Island County Park Dog Park (James Island)

With its sandy beach, swimming lake, and multi-acre field surrounded by woods, James Island boasts the Taj Majal of dog parks. The park provides drinking water, hoses for cleaning and cooling off, entry and exit gates, and bags and collection cans for your pooch’s poo. Directions from...

Catch the Breeze

Catch the Breeze

For a relaxing, stress-free adventure we recommend experiencing Charleston’s sights via water. More specifically, we recommend kicking back in style on a catamaran. Skip the carriage tour mob, hit the water, and take in Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Castle Pinckney, the USS Yorktown, and the...

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

Experience a Real Lowcountry Swamp (Harleyville)

When most people think of the Lowcountry they think of beaches. That beach mentality often keeps folks from participating in an authentic and rewarding swamp experience. Located in Four Holes Swamp and off the beaten path, the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest includes a 1.75-mile...

Biking Around Lake Moultrie (Lake Moultrie)

Biking Around Lake Moultrie (Lake Moultrie)

For 26 miles, the Palmetto Trail skirts the banks of Lake Moultrie following a wide dike that’s often immediately along the shore. The packed dirt trail is flat which allows for any great family ride for all levels of riders. The final 3 miles at the trail’s western end passes through a...

Bohicket Creek to the Edisto River (Wadmalaw Island)

Bohicket Creek to the Edisto River (Wadmalaw Island)

It’s evident just on the drive out to Wadmalaw’s Cherry Point Landing that you’re in for a scenic treat with this paddle. From the landing, head right past the sleepy, historic village of Rockville into Bohicket Creek. You’ll soon reach the open waters of the Edisto River and Botany Bay...

Wambaw Creek Canoe Trail (McClellanville)

Wambaw Creek Canoe Trail (McClellanville)

This winding blackwater creek is one of the Lowcountry’s finest places to paddle. From Still Landing, canoes and kayaks can head either direction through the cypress/tupelo stands that line the creek. Warblers, kites, and wildlife are abundant. If you have a second car to drop, it’s a 5...

Loop Through a Historic Sea Island (Wadmalaw Island)

Loop Through a Historic Sea Island (Wadmalaw Island)

Just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, the agrarian island of Wadmalaw still exists much as it has for a century. Liberia Rd. (SC 68) allows bicyclists to ride a 9.8-mile loop, or continue down Bears Bluff Rd. another 4.3 miles to White Point Landing and the confluence of the Wadmalaw...

Troll the Gulf Stream (Atlantic Ocean)

Troll the Gulf Stream (Atlantic Ocean)

Hooking and reeling in a 50+ pound fish is an incomparable thrill, especially when the experience comes after rousing yourself at 3 a.m. for a two-and-a-half-hour boat ride out to the Gulf Stream. Charleston’s marinas offer a host of offshore guides and charters. Trolling attracts...

Catch Monster Catfish (Lake Moultrie)

Catch Monster Catfish (Lake Moultrie)

Electric utility Santee Cooper built Lakes Marion and Moultrie in the 1940s to generate power, but sixty years later, they’re best known for that project’s welcome byproduct-fish. From bass to crappie, the lakes have historically produced national record catches. Catfish take the prize...

Kayak Fish the Harbor (James Island)

Kayak Fish the Harbor (James Island)

The grassy marshland that lines the West Ashley and James Island side of Charleston harbor is rife with sea trout and redfish. A kayak’s silence and stealth allow anglers a closer approach to their prey than in a motorized craft. Focus on the mouths of small feeder creeks opening up into...

Cast from the Old Cooper River Bridge (Mount Pleasant)

Cast from the Old Cooper River Bridge (Mount Pleasant)

With the recent opening of Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park, fishermen have new access to the waters of Charleston Harbor. The remnants of the infamously narrow bridge over the Cooper River have been repurposed as a fishing pier, and trout, redfish, and sheepshead are all fair game. Bring the...

Surf Angling the Morris Island Lighthouse (Folly Beach)

Surf Angling the Morris Island Lighthouse (Folly Beach)

The former Coast Guard station on the north end of Folly Beach is a favorite local escape with a maritime forest and empty beaches. Set up shop for a day of casting into the surf right where the island turns toward Morris Island and its iconic lighthouse rising from the waves. Fish shrimp...

Asheville Urban Adventure

Asheville Urban Adventure

Hike to a Waterfall: Asheville is home to several stunning waterfalls that are accessible via hiking trails. Some of the most popular include Looking Glass Falls, Catawba Falls, and Triple Falls. These hikes range in difficulty, from easy hikes suitable for families to more challenging...

The Perfect Asheville Weekend

The Perfect Asheville Weekend

Asheville is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who love to hike, rock climb, kayak, and indulge in delicious meals. Here’s a sample itinerary for the perfect weekend in Asheville: Day 1: Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Early Girl Eatery, a local favorite known for its...

Mullins Cove Loop

The Perfect Weekend in Chattanooga

Catch a Sunrise The best way to start your Chattanooga Perfect Weekend is to take in some great views atop Lookout Mountain. Your best bets are Rock City’s seven state panoramic view or the Mountain Beautiful Trail (see Hiking Adventures) will take you around the cliffs of Lookout...

Mullins Cove Loop

Mullins Cove Loop

Mullins Cove Loop (Cumberland Trail, Prentice Cooper State Forest) A 10.5-mile loop that will take runners around the east and west rim of Prentice Cooper. Be prepared for tight and technical hiking trails that seem to have a constant change in elevation. After enduring miles of...

Big Daddy Run (Lookout Mountain)

Big Daddy Run (Lookout Mountain)

Big Daddy Run (Lookout Mountain) This area has many different trails to choose from, ranging from gradual gravel roads to steep technical hiking trails. Runners can choose the Guild Trail for an easier gravel road run, or opt for the extremely challenging “Big Daddy” run. The Big Daddy...

Chattanooga Urban Adventure

Chattanooga Urban Adventure

Coolidge Park (Riverfront Area) Coolidge Park lies on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. The park offers multiple grass fields, a giant fountain for kids of all ages to play in, a climbing wall, and a carousel with hand carved animals. Above the middle of the park...

Run the Chattanooga River Walk

Run the Chattanooga River Walk

A great place to go for a run in downtown Chattanooga. A paved, 7 mile pathway that will take runners from downtown Chattanooga, along the Tennessee River, to the Chickamauga Dam. After working up an appetite, check out the Boathouse Restaurant located on the River Walk about 3 miles from...

Red Trail Loop (Chickamauga Battlefield)

Red Trail Loop (Chickamauga Battlefield)

This adventure offers roads and trails that will take runners past scenic views and historical Civil War sites. Many different route options to choose from with over 15 miles of hiking trails and 20 miles of low traffic roads. We suggest checking out the 9 mile Red Trail Loop that is...

Reflection Riding Trails (Lookout Mountain)

Reflection Riding Trails (Lookout Mountain)

This 300-acre arboretum offers gravel roads and trails for runners and walkers. With Lookout Mountain on one side and Lookout Creek on the other, Reflection Riding is sure to have some incredible views. The Chattanooga Nature center sits at the entrance of Reflection Riding and is a great...

Rowing on the Tennessee River (Downtown Chattanooga)

Rowing on the Tennessee River (Downtown Chattanooga)

Chattanooga has a solid rowing community and a great boathouse a few miles from downtown off Amnicola Highway. If you are new to the sport then check out the classes offered by the Lookout Rowing Club. If you are more of a spectator then check out the Chattanooga Head Race that takes...

Jump into Blue Hole (Soddy Daisy)

Jump into Blue Hole (Soddy Daisy)

This swimming spot in the North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness area is just 20 minutes north of town. The jump from the cliffs into the 12 to 14 feet deep waters will certainly get your blood pumping. This area also includes some prime kayaking, river rafting, and hiking opportunities so...

Explore the Tennessee River Blueway (Chattanooga Area)

Explore the Tennessee River Blueway (Chattanooga Area)

The Blueway is a 50-mile stretch of the Tennessee River from the Chickamauga Dam to the Nickajack Dam. The real payoff of this journey is that it takes you through the Tennessee River Gorge-” The Tennessee Grand Canyon.” The Gorge section encompasses 27,000 acres and 26 miles of the river...

Raft the Ocoee (Cleveland)

Raft the Ocoee (Cleveland)

The Ocoee River, just 30 miles north of Chattanooga, offers plenty of whitewater rafting action. The 5 mile Middle Ocoee section starts at Ocoee Dam #2 and includes Class III and Class IV rapids with highlights such as Table Saw and Powerhouse. The Upper Ocoee’s claim to fame is that it...

Mountain Beautiful Trail (Lookout Mountain)

Mountain Beautiful Trail (Lookout Mountain)

Once again, a very literal trail name! A great hiking trail that takes hikers up to the cliffs of Lookout Mountain and then follows the cliffs around the nose of Lookout Mountain. This trail is quite steep at first, but once to the cliffs, the trail flattens out. Definitely worth the hard...

Sunset Rock (Lookout Mountain)

Sunset Rock (Lookout Mountain)

Obvious of its name, Sunset Rock offers a great place for hikers to come and watch the sun go down. A short hike from the parking lot and hikers will find themselves atop an 80 ft, cliff with a front-row view of the Sunset. Over 20 miles of trails branch off from Sunset Rock, so hikers...

Trout Fishing the Elk River (Sewanee)

Trout Fishing the Elk River (Sewanee)

You’re willing to drive a little way, you can fish some of the best trout water in the southeast. Enjoy a scenic drive through the quaint towns of Cowan and Winchester to Tim’s Ford Dam. Fishing is strong throughout the year here, offering anglers ample opportunity to catch Brown and...