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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Summer Running in Charlotte: Insider Tips on Beating the Heat

    We’ve enlisted the help of the team at Feetures, a hometown success story that specializes in running socks and are, not surprisingly, Charlotte running aficionados. Here, their insider tips for a great mid-summer run in the Queen City.

  14. Dealing With Downtime from Injury: Tips from a Lifelong Athlete

    When Kristy Helscel, hurt her hip last December, she learned a valuable lesson that many active types have to face at one point or the other: Sometimes, the most difficult part of injury recovery is mental, not physical.

  15. 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.

  16. Trails and Cocktails in Gaston County, N.C.

    Pair locally created wine, beer, and rum with amazing outdoor activities on a trip to scenic Gaston County, N.C.

  17. The Adventurous Side of Lake James State Park

    Butter-smooth singletrack, tree-lined shores, and serene hiking trails make for a fantastic outdoor experience at Lake James State Park.

  18. Bill Heisel: Keeping Athletes Healthy from Kayak to Racetrack

    What Charlotte paddlers can learn about avoiding injury from OrthoCarolina's motorsports health guru and kayaker Bill Heisel.

  19. 5 Excellent Long-Distance Bike Paths in the Southeast

    Grab your wheels and settle into the saddle for a pedal-perfect adventure on these great bike paths in the Southeast.

  20. Hot Dam: The Lake Glenville and High Falls Dam Release

    The High Falls dam release every summer draws paddlers from all over for the chance to run a normally un-runnable river. Here's what happens.

  21. Hemphill Bald Loop: 5 Reasons to Hike This Iconic Smokies Trail Now

    Grassy balds, old-growth poplars, and fern-rich trails make this one of the Smokies' most iconic hikes. Here's how to do Hemphill Bald Loop.

  22. Dog Friendly Trails in Charlotte (Plus Pro Tips to Get You Started)

    Add some four-legged fun to any run by bringing Fido along. Here, our picks for the best dog friendly trails in Charlotte, plus pro tips.

  23. Fishing Around Charlotte: Insider Tips from a Lifelong Enthusiast

    What's a better way to ring in summer than with a fishing rod? Here, a lifelong enthusiast shares his tips for fishing around Charlotte.

  24. Insider's Guide to an Outdoorsy Weekend in Hilton Head

    With miles of beaches, nature trails, and plenty of low country cuisine, here's how to best enjoy an active-minded weekend in Hilton Head.

  25. Cycling in Charlotte

    Charlotte rarely tops lists of the best bicycle cities in the US, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of worthwhile places to go for a ride in the Queen City.