21 Awesome Places to See in the Southeast

From the high country of North Carolina to the lowcountry of South Carolina, the Southeast is a place that has quietly become one of the country's premier regions for outdoor recreation. Home to high concentrations of primo sandstone, hundreds of miles of class 4 and 5 whitewater rivers and creeks, long sections of famous trails like the AT, the country's most visited national park (the Smokies), and so much more,...

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering Your Neighborhood’s Wild Roots

Funds (or lack thereof), unforgiving work schedules (to secure said funds), nasty weather—all sorts of realities and contingencies can conspire to keep our wanderlusting, adventure-starved selves shackled to the boring old neighborhood of home. You crave soaking up sea-of-mountains views, running back-of-beyond wildwater, trekking that ingeniously routed thru-hike you’ve had schemed out for years; what you get is suburban humdrum, small-town stifle, big-city jungle, sprawl-scape bleh. Except—except! Every place, even...

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7 Tips for Buying Hiking Shoes & Boots

If you’re gearing up for a hike this spring, the most important piece of gear you can buy is a good pair of hiking shoes or boots. If you suffer blisters or a twisted ankle, it can ruin a day hike or wreck a backcountry trip. On many trails, you’ll likely tackle uneven terrain strewn with rocks and roots, and you need sturdy footwear to protect your feet and provide plenty...

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