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  1. 5 Tips for Winter Trail Running

    Charlotte's mild winters and trails near downtown make it easy to train outside in all four seasons.

  2. 48 Hours of Adventure in Charlotte

    Your guide to 48 hours of outdoor adventure and great food, drinks, and entertainment in Charlotte.

  3. Hiking, Biking, Camping, Fishing & Paddling in North Carolina’s 4 National Forests

    North Carolina’s national forests offer world class hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and backcountry camping,

  4. The Best Backcountry Camping Close to Charlotte

    Near Charlotte you'll find remote mountains, undeveloped lakes and rivers, and even old-growth forest.

  5. The 8 Best Spring Hikes Within 3 Hours of Charlotte

    Within a few hours of Charlotte you'll find everything from peaceful forest strolls to heart-pounding Blue Ridge ascents.

  6. How to Access the Appalachian Trail from Charlotte: 4 Great Section Hikes in 4 Different States

    In North Carolina you'll find easy access to day hikes and weekend backpacking routes on the Appalachian Trail.

  7. The Gaston County Bucket List

    Ready for some adventure in 2017? These events in Gaston County, N.C., will put your body to the test in a spectacular setting.

  8. 10 Reasons to Stay in Gaston County on Your Next Charlotte Business Trip

    If kayaking alongside great blue herons or running through forested trails sound like a good way to end your workday, then choose Gaston County as home base for your next Charlotte business trip.

  9. A Quick & Dirty Guide to the Best Biking in Gaston

    Filled with scenic country roads, rugged singletrack, and urban bike trails, Gaston County, North Carolina features plenty of cycling options perfect for endurance athletes, weekend warriors, families with kids in tow, and everyone in between.

  10. An Insider's Guide to the Catawba River

    The Catawba River in Gaston County, North Carolina, is one of the top paddling destinations in the region. You can paddle more than 30 miles on the designated Catawba River Blueway, which are easily navigable by kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard.

  11. Crappie Fishing in Lake Wylie

    Lake Wylie, which straddles the border between North and South Carolina, features a healthy crappie population that draws anglers from all over the southeast.

  12. An Insider's Guide to Crowders Mountain State Park

    Crowders Mountain State Park is a nugget of natural beauty amid the explosive growth around Charlotte, North Carolina. Expect to find incredible hiking, mountain biking, and paddling—plus some of the best scenic views of the region.

  13. Your Guide to a Multisport Weekend in Burke County

    Your guide to hang gliding, hiking, biking, paddling, and more in North Carolina's Burke County.

  14. 8 Family-Friendly Outdoor Adventures in Morganton NC

    We highlight best ways for families to explore the mountains, rivers, and lakes surrounding Morganton, North Carolina.

  15. 8 Reasons Charlotte is an Awesome City for Outdoor Lovers

    Four-season outdoor recreation opportunities and a focus on healthy, active living make Charlotte a great city for people who love the outdoors.

  16. Scenic Road Cycling Rides Near Charlotte

    Road cyclists in Charlotte can take an easy ride along a greenway or tackle some distance on scenic, rural roads.

  17. How to Get Started With Mountain Biking in Charlotte

    Charlotte is home to miles of beginner-friendly trails, group rides, instructional clinics, and events where you can gather with other riders.

  18. How to Have an Adventurous Beach Getaway From Charlotte

    Here's how to plan a Wilmington beach getaway that’s part outdoor adventure, part city tour, and 100% fun.

  19. The Insider’s Guide to Lake Norman State Park

    some of Lake Norman State Park is home to some of the best mountain biking, trail running, kayaking, hiking, and camping in the region.

  20. The Best Outdoor Activities to Do in Charlotte with the Whole Family

    Charlotte's growing greenway network, lakes and rivers, and mountain peaks offer unique outdoor adventures for families.

  21. How to Pull Off the Perfect Weekend Mountain Getaway From Charlotte

    Plan the perfect weekend getaway by mixing and matching these top activities, eateries, and places to stay in the North Carolina High Country.

  22. 5 Creative Outdoor Date Ideas in and Around Charlotte

    Think out-of-the-box this year to hike, bike, and romance your way into your Valentine's heart.

  23. A Quick & Dirty Guide to North Carolina Ice Climbing

    Ice climbing in North Carolina is more accessible that you might think.

  24. Curling in the Carolinas

    Curling is a unique combination of athleticism, balance, strategy, and teamwork, and it's catching on in the Carolinas.

  25. 6 Top Spots for Winter Camping in and Around Charlotte

    Mountain and lakeside campsites close to Charlotte make it easy to enjoy winter camping.

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