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The Blue Ridge Outdoor Bucket List

The Blue Ridge Outdoor Bucket List

No, not all of us are going to jump off a bridge, or even leap off a zip-line stand. And hiking 1,000 miles or running 20 miles of whitewater isn’t everyone’s cup of tea either. But between those fairly extreme undertakings and, well, a cup of tea is a mountain region full of some kind of outside adventures for just about all of us. C’mon along. . .

As the first sprigs of spring arrive in the atriums of Alabama and the gardens of Georgia, ambitious, hopeful  hikers are lacing up their boots to start north from Springer Mountain, Ga., toward Mount Katahdin in Maine – a 2,100-mile walk on the Appalachian Trail.

And what better year than 2012 to start scratching off your own long-overdue dreams and turning your Outdoor Bucket List into reality: From wild to mild, here is a primer of places to see and awesome activities to get you moving and grooving to the beat of the Blue Ridge.

 

Classics & Secrets: 2012 Travel Guide

Classics & Secrets: 2012 Travel Guide

Writer and travel author Joe Tennis set out to find a classic must-visit and a tucked-away secret of a destination in each of our nine coverage states. His results, beginning in alabama and following the spring northward, are accompanied here by our ...

Travel Back in Time

Travel Back in Time

Here’s a chance to combine great travel destinations with equally compelling events in our region’s history, including the Civil War, natural areas, coal history, the arts and more.

Kayaking the New River

Kayaking the New River

 

I knew I shouldn’t do it.

It was a tight target, just about a kayak wide. A little to the right and I was going over a ledge into a hole if I didn’t get hung up on the rocks first. Left of that, a wave churned in what looked like the perfect boat-wre...

Two Parks in Winter

Two Parks in Winter

Often in winter, the Blue Ridge Parkway , linking Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and Tennessee/North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park , is closed by snow. But the two parks linked by the roadway come alive with winter under the lens of R...

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