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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...

Shred the Mountain Bike Pump Track at Brad Ragan Park

Brad Ragan Park: Whether it’s the first you’re throwing your leg over a bike or a seasoned rider, a pump track is a perfect place to hone the skills needed to ride in any terrain. The Thickets MTB pump track has specifically been designed to be a place where everyone can ride...

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Fly Cast for Predators on the French Broad

Fly Cast for Predators on the French Broad River

“Musky Mile”: This is a local favorite spot for trying to go toe-to-toe with the closest thing a river may have to a shark, a Musky. These toothy critters are more formally known as Muskellunge and are the largest member of the Pike Family. They are apex predators in the...

Review: Riverstone Outfitters TR5 9ft 5wt Fly Rod Outfit

Details matter. Especially when, you’re on the river doing your very best to trick a fish into eating a concoction of feathers and metal. The correct fly has to be presented perfectly from the right position in order to even have a chance at a solid fish or any fish for that matter. The...

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

Explore the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Carrier Park and the French Broad River Park are the jewels of the 17-mile Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. At these two conjoined parks along Amboy Road, you can run or skate the paved greenways, fish from the piers, or pedal Asheville’s velodrome. Also be sure...

The Perfect Asheville Weekend

The Perfect Asheville Weekend

Explore the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Carrier Park and the French Broad River Park are the jewels of the 17-mile Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. At these two conjoined parks along Amboy Road, you can run or skate the paved greenways, fish from the piers, or pedal Asheville’s velodrome. Also be sure...

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...

Hike to Foster Falls (Marion County)

Hike to Foster Falls (Marion County)

Foster Falls Small Wild Area is part of the South Cumberland State Park and centers on a 60-foot waterfall that is ideal for great outdoor family fun. Start the hike at the picnic area at the Foster Falls sign and head .5 miles to the foot of the falls.  Also, be on the lookout for...

Visit Rock City & Ruby Falls (Lookout Mountain)

Visit Rock City & Ruby Falls (Lookout Mountain)

These two natural wonders atop Lookout Mountain are a stone’s throw away from each other so we recommend hitting both spots for some great family fun. Rock City has many options for adventure but we recommend Lover’s Leap, the Swing-A-Long Bridge, and Observation Point for stellar...

Chew Chew Canine Park (Downtown Chattanooga)

Chew Chew Canine Park (Downtown Chattanooga)

Centrally located, the Chew Chew Canine Park offers a place for dogs to run and play. Features a few obstacles to add some excitement for the canines. Directions from Chattanooga: Take I-24 to the Broad St./US-11 exit. Keep right at the fork in the exit ramp and follow signs for N. Broad...

Savage Day Loop (Savage Gulf State Natural Area)

Savage Day Loop (Savage Gulf State Natural Area)

Savage Gulf is a 15,590-acre natural area known for its canyons and gorges. This 5 mile loop that starts at the Ranger Station offers several creek crossings, mostly shaded trails, and nice overlooks. At mile 1.5, a side trail leads to Savage Falls Overlook. At 2 miles, the trail leads...

Tanasi Trails (Cherokee National Forest, Mountain Bike)

Tanasi Trails (Cherokee National Forest, Mountain Bike)

From 3+ mile climbs to rolling trails by the beautiful Ocoee River, the Tanasi Trail system has it all. Be sure to check out the Brush Creek trail located just east of the Ocoee Whitewater Center. If one day of riding at the Tanasi Trail system isn’t enough for you, then be sure to pitch...

Small Intestine Loop (Raccoon Mountain, Mountain Bike)

Small Intestine Loop (Raccoon Mountain, Mountain Bike)

Features over 17.5 miles of single-track filled with beautiful views of the Tennessee River Gorge and Chattanooga. Trails range from easy to advanced and offer everything from fun rolling terrain to serious rock gardens that will challenge the most seasoned rider. For a must-ride trail...

Capers Island (Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge)

Capers Island (Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge)

That Capers Island exists as an undeveloped, public island is one of the Lowcountry’s greatest natural assets. Just 15 miles from downtown Charleston, the night sky on Capers’ boneyard beach is darker (and the stars more vibrant) than on any of the populated islands it neighbors. Although...

Folly River to Bird Key (Folly Beach)

Folly River to Bird Key (Folly Beach)

The myriad of tidal creeks, running behind Folly Island, are a fine place to explore by kayak, and it’s only a quick 15-minute ride from downtown Charleston. From the Folly landing head left to the mouth of the Stono River (about 2 miles). The island blocking the inlet’s mouth between...

The Perfect Charleston Weekend

The Perfect Charleston Weekend

Welcome to the Charleston Adventure Guide’s Perfect Weekend section. Below you will find information on things to do in Charleston, SC including nightlife, attractions, and outdoor adventure. Head to the Ravenel Bridge We suggest kicking off your Perfect Weekend by heading to Charleston’s...

Conquer the Isle of Palms Connector (Mt. Pleasant)

Conquer the Isle of Palms Connector (Mt. Pleasant)

At close to 2.25 miles long, the IOP Connector Bridge crosses the Intercoastal Waterway and connects the Isle of Palms with Mt. Pleasant. The deceptive climb up to the crest of the bridge rewards you with outstanding views of the Waterway and Isle of Palms. We suggest starting this run at...

Tennessee River Gorge Trail

Tennessee River Gorge Trail (Chattanooga)

With plenty of trails to choose from, Raccoon Mountain makes for a great place to take your dog on an adventure. For a nice loop with some killer views, we suggest hitting the Split Rock Trail to the Tennessee River Gorge Trail. There is not much water on this trail so load up at Laurel...

Surf The Washout Folly Beach

Surf The Washout (Folly Beach)

Although it’s hardly consistent year-round, Folly Beach is arguably the best break in S.C., if not the most popular. Surfers come out of the woodwork on big days to ride the popular Washout break, known by that name because of hurricanes’ propensity to cut a new creek through the island...

Standup Paddleboard Isle of Palms

Standup Paddleboard (Isle of Palms)

Before surfboards evolved into the tiny daggers they are today, most were hefty planks. Stand-up paddleboarding takes that history a step further, adding enough girth and buoyancy to the board to allow a person to stand upright and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. The...

Quest For Adventure Heath Cartee

Quest For Adventure: Heath Cartee

In the first episode of a new series from The Adventure Collective, The Quest For Adventure, we join Heath Cartee of Pisgah Outdoors to gain insight into what motivates his pursuit of adventure and learn more about his philosophy behind pushing himself to continue exploring and seeking...

Graveyard Fields Trail

Graveyard Fields Hiking Trail

Graveyard Fields Hiking Trail (Blue Ridge Parkway): A moderate 3.2-mile out and back hike through a high alpine valley with two picturesque waterfalls. Start the hike at the lower end of the parking area. To access Second Falls, hike down the steep paved path and cross the river...

Skinny Dip Falls Asheville

Skinny Dip Falls & Swimming Hole

Skinny Dip Falls: This three-tiered waterfall along the Yellowstone Prong drops a total of 30 feet through a rocky bend in an ice-cold mountain stream. Perched on the edge of the tallest falls is a rock that juts over a deep plunge pool. While we can’t say that the waterfalls are...

Grandmother Mountain Boulders

Grandmother Mountain Boulders (Linville)

Grandmother Mountain Boulders (Linville): First discovered for their bouldering potential in the mid-1990s, the Grandmother Mountain area near Boone, NC now hosts more than 400 problems and some of the best stone in the entire Southeast, all in a stunningly beautiful and cool sub-alpine...

Warren WIlson Trails

Warren Wilson Running Trails

Warren Wilson Running Trails: The numerous hiking and running trails at Warren Wilson College are some of our personal favorites. The area is home to miles of great singletrack that carves through rolling meadows and beautiful forests seemingly endless options for exploration. One of our...

Hiking Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain Hiking Trail (Appalachian Trail)

Roan Mountain Hiking Trails: The Appalachian Trail, the nation’s longest marked footpath at 2,178 miles, has numerous access points near Asheville. We like the rugged Roan Mountain section near Bakersville. From the Carver’s Gap (5,500 feet) parking area we recommend heading...

Deep Gap Trail Mount Mitchell

Deep Gap Hiking Trail (Asheville)

Deep Gap Hiking Trail (Asheville): In just 4.5 miles, Deep Gap Trail crosses four 6,000-foot peaks while taking hikers across rocky out croppings and through spruce-fir forests. This trail takes you down Mt. Mitchell and up to the peak of Mt. Craig. Also, don’t forget your...

Blue Ridge Parkway Cycling Brevard

Blue Ridge Parkway Ride (Brevard)

Blue Ridge Parkway Ride (Brevard): Climb US 276 through the Cradle of Forestry to gain scenic views of the expansive Pisgah National Forest and the site where forestry first began in the U.S. Head South to gain views of Looking Glass Rock, a towering dome of granite deep in Pisgah...

Tuckaseegee River Fishing

Tuckaseegee River Fly Fishing

Tuckaseegee River Fly Fishing: Looking for a fun time fly fishing? We recommend heading west from Asheville to tussle with a trout on The Tuck. Located near Western Carolina University, the Tuckaseegee is a tailrace formed by two dam-fed forks. From the Hwy 107 bridge at Love Field to the...

French Broad Smallmouth Fishing

Smallmouth On The French Broad (Asheville)

Hook A Smallmouth On The French Broad (Asheville): Float for smallmouth through the Biltmore Estate. For those who want to play Huck Finn for a day, float by raft or drift boat through the Biltmore Estate is the way to go. Drift past forests and vineyards, casting crease flies and poppers...

Mountain Biking At Lake James

Mountain Biking At Lake James (Paddy’s Creek Bike Trails): Taking a mountain bike ride on the extensive trail system at Lake James State Park is a great way to enjoy the outdoors at your own pace.  Around 15 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails are now open at the...

North Mills River Recreation Area

North Mills River Recreation Area (Asheville)

North Mills River Dog Friendly Recreation Area: The vast Mills River area is part of Pisgah National Forest opposite Bent Creek just across the Pisgah Ridge. We like this area for the many camping options and rivers to explore. A great option in the area is to head up to the Trace Ridge...

Blue Ridge Parkway Cycling Brevard

Blue Ridge Parkway Road Ride (Asheville)

Ride The Blue Ridge Parkway (Asheville Cycling – Road Rides):  On the Blue Ridge Parkway there is roughly 27 miles of steady climbing on one of the most famous roads in America make this one of the best Asheville road rides for cyclists looking to experience the beauty and...

Mike Stam Linville Bouldering

Quest For Adventure: Mike Stam

The Linville Gorge is renown as one of the top backpacking spots in the country. In addition to hiking the gorge also features world-class paddling, climbing and bouldering. The Linville River area is unique due to the type of stone, which is largely characterized as being river-polished...

Southern Appalachian Loop Trail

Southern Appalachian Loop Trail

The Southern Appalachian Loop Trail measures over 350 miles in length. First pieced together by Matt Kirk, the SALT, is currently 99.4 percent complete. With the exception of a sliver of undeveloped land on the state line between North Carolina and South Carolina in Transylvania County...

Ocoee River Rafting

Ocoee River Gorge (Chattanooga)

Raft The Ocoee: The dam-released whitewater of the Ocoee River offers southeastern whitewater enthusiasts the opportunity to sample reliable whitewater even during the hottest and driest summer months. Middle Ocoee’s numerous rapids and river formations offer a wealth of currents...