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  1. Fire and Rebirth: Hiking the "Grand Canyon" of North Carolina

    Linville Gorge, known to many as the "Grand Canyon" of North Carolina, experienced a forest fire in 2013, which has dramatically altered the landscape, but the forest is now starting to return.

  2. A Guide to Gaston County's Cant-Miss Spring Events

    Spring is in the air in Gaston County. Here's your guide to celebrating the change of seasons with some can't-miss events.

  3. Flatwater Paddling in Charlotte: Pro Tips for Getting on the Water This Spring

    With temps warming and waterways flowing, now is prime time for flatwater paddling in Charlotte. Here, insider tips on getting started.

  4. An Insider's Guide to Gaston County

    Directly to the west of Charlotte, on the other side of the Catawba River, Gaston County is a veritable hub for outdoor adventure and eclectic fusion flair.

  5. We've Got Your Back: Expert Tips on a Healthy Spine and Core

    Adventurers of all stripes will always benefit from a healthy spine and core. Here, a spine expert shares tips on keeping things in line.

  6. 8 Fantastic Cabins in South Carolina State Parks

    From on-the-water escapes to cozy retreats in the mountains, these cabins in South Carolina state parks make exploring the outdoors easy.

  7. The Best Cold-Weather Climbing Destinations in Central Carolina

    These climbing destinations close to Charlotte allow beginners and experts to enjoy fantastic routes best completed in the cooler weather.

  8. 4 Reasons to Hike Linville Gorge in Winter

    The gorge, the big ditch, the Grand Canyon of North Carolina. Whatever you call it, the trails at Linville Gorge are among the most unapologetically rugged in North Carolina.

  9. OrthoCarolina VP Goes from Couch to 100-Milers

    Ben Smoker, vice president of IT for OrthoCarolina, did something about his sedentary lifestyle—and now he's completing ultramarathons.

  10. Discover Elkin, North Carolina’s Next Great Trail Town

    Elkin, North Carolina, is positioned to become the next great trail town, with easy access to excellent hiking, biking, and paddling.

  11. U.S. National Whitewater Center Has Big Plans for Its 10th Year

    The U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte's top destination for paddling, climbing, and off-road fun, offers new challenges this year.

  12. Why Charlotte Cyclists Love the Winter Short Track Season

    Charlotte’s Winter Short Track racing season offers cyclists a challenging course, a wide range of competition—and heart-pounding fun.

  13. 5 Charlotte Races to Start the New Year on the Right Foot

    Jump-start your resolutions with one of these Charlotte races on New Year's Day that feature everything from an easy 5K to an ultra run.

  14. Behind the Scenes at Charlotte's Bold New Climbing Gym

    Inner Peaks is set to open its second climbing gym in Charlotte, creating a massive, state-of-the-art space in the South End neighborhood.

  15. 3 Reasons You Should Keep Riding in Charlotte this Winter

    You don't have to put your bike away for the winter. These group rides, races and classes make riding in Charlotte a yearlong activity.

  16. Smoky Mountain Exploration at Mt. Cammerer and Beyond

    At just under 5,000 feet, Mt. Cammerer isn’t the highest peak in the Smokies, but it provides one of the most commanding views of the mountains and valleys that surround it.

  17. Trust the Arborist to Guide You To the Best Fall Colors in the Carolinas

    Arborist and hiker Greg Paige offers his expertise to help you know when and where to find the best fall colors in the Carolinas.

  18. Charlotte’s Dirt Divas Bring More Women to Mountain Biking

    The Dirt Divas in Charlotte, North Carolina, have helped women of all backgrounds take up the sport of mountain biking.

  19. Troubled Waters: Protecting Charlotte's Most Endangered Resource

    The Catawba-Wateree River is an amazing resource. It’s the main source of water for some 2 million people, and it creates around 8,900 megawatts of electricity. But it's in serious trouble.

  20. Exploring the Rocky Knob Recreation Area

    The Rocky Knob Recreational Area features scenic hiking and camping, plus great dining and music options just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  21. Charlotte's Crank Mafia Gets People Cycling

    The Crank Mafia cycling club works to get more people biking in Charlotte and creating better urban resources for riding.

  22. A Conversation with Carolina’s Climbing 'Crag Mama'

    Erica Lineberry is a climber, guidebook author, blogger, and mother. Here, she offers her thoughts on climbing in the Carolinas.

  23. Trail Running Tips from Charlotte's Experts

    Three of Charlotte's top trail running experts offer trail running tips for runners who want to experience the joy of going off-road.

  24. 5 Unconventional Races Happening in Charlotte This Summer

    Hit the snooze button, and opt for these slightly unconventional races happening in Charlotte this summer.

  25. The Queen City Prepares for 17 Days of Bicycle Mania

    The Queen City is, inch by inch, becoming a cycling town. And each year there is no better celebration than Bike! Charlotte.

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