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  1. SUP Charlotte: How and Where Launch Your Board in the Queen City

    Here’s everything you need to know to stand-up paddleboard in and around Charlotte this summer.

  2. What Type of Charlotte Runner Are You?

    Whether you’ve just finished your first 5K or are planning your next 100-miler, the Charlotte area has a variety of solid training options for everyone.

  3. Biking the Backroads and Trails of Gaston County

    Just west of Charlotte, N.C., Gaston County has become a major cycling destination where both roadies and mountain bikers can find incredible rides.

  4. 3 Must-Do Outdoor Adventures in Queen City

    Dr. David Anderson, an orthopedic surgeon with OrthoCarolina, shares his favorite outdoor activities near Queen City.

  5. Spring Events in Gaston

    Road races, trail runs, and paddling events are just some of the outdoor events on the schedule in Gaston County, North Carolina, this spring.

  6. On the Water in Gaston County

    From calm flat water to Class III rapids, Gaston County has exciting and scenic options for paddlers all abilities and interests.

  7. The Best Hikes in Gaston

    From the top of Crowders Mountain to the trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Gaston County is filled with excellent hiking opportunities for all ages and abilities.

  8. 4 Fantastic Waterfalls Within a 2-Hour Drive of Charlotte

    Looking for a refreshing summer adventure? These 4 waterfalls are within an easy drive of Charlotte.

  9. Adventures on Land and Water: An Adrenaline-Filled Day at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

    It's not just about whitewater at the USNWC. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and even ziplining are all on tap—with the paddling, of course.

  10. Urban Exploration in the Queen City: Charlotte's Increasingly Awesome Trail Network

    The trail network in Charlotte is exploding, offering locals and visitors new ways to explore the Queen City without a car.

  11. 6 Spectacular Waterfall Hikes in Shenandoah National Park

    Beat the summer heat with these excellent half-dozen waterfall hikes in Shenandoah National Park. Here’s how to tackle them.

  12. The Cider Comeback in Carolina: 5 Awesome Cideries for a Post-Adventure Pint

    Cider is making a big comeback—and central Carolina is helping lead the charge. Here, 5 Carolina cideries that pair perfectly with outdoor adventure.

  13. DuPont State Recreational Forest: How to Ride this Carolina Mountain Biking Mecca

    Riding at DuPont is a badge of honor for every mountain biker in the Southeast. Here's how to ride this MTB mecca.

  14. Is Roanoke the Best Up-and-Coming MTB Destination in the Southeast?

    Roanoke, VA, is hoping to become the first area east of the Mississippi to earn the IMBA's Gold Level Ride Center accreditation. Here, how they're vying for MTB gold.

  15. Lakes, Hikes, and An Abandoned Town: Discover the Secrets of the Southern Smokies

    The southern region of Smoky Mountains National Park is brimming with adventure for those who want to drive a little extra to find it. Here's what to know.

  16. 9 Gaston County Destinations to Fuel Your Outdoor Adventures

    Gaston County is filled with locally owned shops ready with great food and beverage to fuel your trip into the outdoors.

  17. Ode to the Morning Run: Charlotte-Area Runners Share Why It's So Special

    It takes a special kind of runner to get up with the sun and lace up the sneakers. Here, we speak to Charlotte-area runners about the appeal.

  18. Fly Fishing the French Broad River: A Western N.C. Carolina Gem

    The French Broad River in Western N.C. is a beloved fly fishing destination. Here, insider tips on how to tackle it.

  19. 4 Reasons to Hike North Carolina's Mount Mitchell in the Winter

    At 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell is one of the loftiest peaks in the East. Here, 4 reasons why you shouldn't wait until summer to explore it.

  20. 5 Dog-Friendly Carolina Cities Worth a Visit

    Enjoying the outdoors is even better when your four-legged friend joins. Here, 5 dog-friendly Carolina cities worth a visit.

  21. 7 Winter Adventures in North Carolina Other than Downhill Skiing (and Where to Do Them)

    Winter beautifully transforms North Carolina’s wild spaces into a playground for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

  22. Holiday Gift Guide for Charlotte-Area Adventures: Give Experiences, Not Things

    To make the outdoor lover on your list really smile, check out our handy shopping guide full of excellent outdoor experiences near Charlotte, with something for adventurers of all stripes.

  23. 5 Best Beginner Hikes in Charlotte

    Five unique hikes that will take you through groves of giant cypress, through dense hardwood forests, along the shores of glistening lakes, and to the top of an iconic Carolina peak—no experience required.

  24. 6 Mountain Bike Trails Around Charlotte That Are Worth the Drive

    Six super sweet singletrack trails that are just a short drive from the Queen City.

  25. The 4 Gnarliest Hikes Around Charlotte

    Four must-do North Carolina treks for the hardiest of hikers.

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