Make Way for Bear Canisters

  • September 10, 2018

For years now, backpackers on the west coast have been using bear-resistant canisters for food storage while camping in the backcountry. Most of the national parks there (Yosemite, Sequoyah, Kings Canyon, Olympic) and many of the national forests require their…

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Celebrating the Appalachian Trail at 81

  • August 21, 2018

This month, the Appalachian Trail turned 81 years old. It was completed on August 14, 1937. According to the Appalachian Trail Conference, "the trail was first conceived in 1921 and built by private citizens. A 2,180-mile long footpath that stretches…

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How to Choose An Overnight Hike

  • August 15, 2018

September is just around the corner and cooler weather is on the way.  Jim Parham's forthcoming Backpacking Overnights guidebook, which covers the mountains of north Georgia and east Tennessee, has us thinking about multi-day hiking trips. Here's his advice for…

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A Geography Geek Finds North Georgia

  • July 23, 2018

Sooner or later, those who hike or bike the trails of the Southeast (and draw maps of them) delve deep into the lay of the land. Here’s what Jim Parham says about locating a region he covers in several of…

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Hiking in the Season of Thunderstorms

  • July 13, 2018

In the Smokies, Pisgah, and all throughout the mountainous region known as the Blue Ridge Province, summer is the season of the thunderstorm. It's not unusual for a pattern to set in: at about 3 pm on an otherwise bright…

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For Urban Birding, Head to Atlanta

  • June 29, 2018

Where might you go in Atlanta to find a cedar waxwing? What about an indigo bunting, a tufted titmouse, or an osprey? If you’re not an amateur ornithologist, you might not even recognize these exotic-sounding names. But if you’re a…

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Will You Visit Lake Fontana This Summer?

  • June 15, 2018

It’s here—the summer solstice is upon us. And during these warm days we count ourselves particularly fortunate that our offices are located so close to Fontana Lake. At closing time it’s not uncommon for us to jump in the car…

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In Pisgah, Rain Comes In Many Forms

  • May 24, 2018

Over the course of the last decade I’ve spent part of each summer leading biking and hiking trips into the popular Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest. Most folks around here just refer to this area as Pisgah, but…

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Keeping the Chattooga River Wild & Scenic

  • May 1, 2018

In the outdoor recreation world, perhaps no river has had a greater impact on the Southern Appalachians than the Chattooga. If you appreciate the treasure of this historic river and what it brings to the region, now is your time…

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Dogwood Winter and Other Seasons

  • April 20, 2018

What is Dogwood Winter? What is Blackberry Winter? Spring will come eventually, but this year it's hard to tell when. With temperatures yo-yoing throughout the late winter (a frigid January followed by a warm February), now in late April we're…

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