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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. The 4 Gnarliest Hikes Around Charlotte

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

  14. 48 hours of adventure in Columbia

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

  15. 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.

  16. Fall Outdoor Events in Gaston

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 5 Spookiest Outdoor Spots Around Charlotte

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

  20. 10 Toughest Adventures in North Carolina

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.