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  1. 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.

  2. The 4 Gnarliest Hikes Around Charlotte

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

  3. 48 hours of adventure in Columbia

    There is a playful soul in Columbia that might surprise first-time visitors.

  4. OrthoCarolina's Darren Harris: Hiking is a Family Affair

    Darren Harris and his family love exploring new trails, especially near their home in Hickory, North Carolina.

  5. Fall Outdoor Events in Gaston

    Enjoy the Fall in Gaston with these great outdoor events to test your endurance and enjoy the outdoors.

  6. The Dog Days of Summer in Gaston

    You'll find a huge variety of dog-friendly activities in Gaston County, North Carolina—from trails and dog parks to restaurants and running events.

  7. Backpacking Crowders Mountain

    These camping sites at Crowders Mountain State Park are an excellent way to enjoy the park with amenities you won't normally find in the backcountry.

  8. 5 Spookiest Outdoor Spots Around Charlotte

    A list of haunting trails that are perfect for Halloween exploration.

  9. 10 Toughest Adventures in North Carolina

    These tough North Carolina adventures will test even the toughest of the tough. Are you up for them?

  10. 6 of the Best New Trails in Charlotte

    From flat, wide rail trails to gnarly sections of technical singletrack, miles upon miles of new outdoor experiences are constructed in Charlotte, North Carolina every year. Here are six new options.

  11. OrthoCarolina's Rita DuPont: A Lifelong Love of Cycling

    For Rita DuPont, the Physiatry Fellowship Coordinator at OrthoCarolina, cycling has been a lifelong passion. Now 61, she hasn't slowed down much!

  12. Trails and Cocktails Around North Carolina

    Wine-themed weekends, brewery trails, and even distillery tours continue to grow in both quantity and quality across the state of North Carolina.

  13. The Toughest Trail Runs Around Charlotte

    From steep climbs to long miles, here's a rundown of some of Charlotte's toughest trail running routes.

  14. From Trail to Ale: How to Spend an Outdoorsy Weekend in Staunton, VA

    Exploring the historic town from trail to tap, here’s how to spend an outdoorsy weekend in Staunton, Va.

  15. The Best Paddle-In Campgrounds in the Carolinas

    Carolinas are home to flatwater paddling experiences galore. Make a weekend out of it with 7 of the best paddle-in campgrounds in the Carolinas, from the mountains to the coast.

  16. The Uhwarrie Mountains: A Mountain Adventure in Eastern N.C.

    Just an hour away from Charlotte, the Uhwarrie Mountains provide an outdoor playground for hiking, cycling, paddling, and camping.

  17. Where to Go (and What to Do) with Your Kids in Gaston County

    From botanical gardens, to gorgeous state parks, here's the ultimate guide on what to do (and where to go) with your kids in Gaston County.

  18. Fuel for Adventure: The Best Food and Trail Parings in Gaston County

    Simply put, southern food and singletrack just go together well. Here are 5 food and trail pairings in Gaston County to get you started on your culinary adventure tour.

  19. Spinning Yarns and Casting Lines: The Lowdown on Fishing in Gaston County

    From who to talk shop with, to where to shop, to how to actually cast a line, here's the lowdown on everything fishing in Gaston County.

  20. Wilderness and Waterways: A Guide to Paddling in Gaston County

    Whether it’s a lazy afternoon float or a long distance exploration of flora and fauna, here are some of the best places to go paddling in Gaston County.

  21. A Bit of Hope Ranch: How Horses and Nature Are Helping Troubled Kids in Gaston County

    Surrounded by open pastures and shady groves, Gaston County's A Bit of Hope Ranch helps kids in distress with an experiential treatment option in a gorgeous setting.

  22. 8 Awesome Outdoor Events in Gaston County This Summer

    No matter if your predilection is for paddling, you’re geared for cycling, or a trail run’s your thing, there's an outdoor event in Gaston County to suit your taste.

  23. OrthoCarolina's Aaron Hewitt: Small Steps to Big Life Changes

    OrthoCarolina's Aaron Hewitt shares his journey from out of shape to a constant presence in Charlotte's active circles.

  24. Cape Lookout National Seashore: An Adventure on the Crystal Coast

    Located on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, the Cape Lookout National Seashore is a 56-mile stretch of coastal land where time stands still and adventure awaits.

  25. An Outdoorsy Weekend in Cashiers: Waterfalls, Hiking, and Mountain Town Charm

    With loads of national parks and forests nearby, plus excellent hiking, paddling, and waterfalls, a weekend in Cashiers is primed for outdoor adventure.