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  1. The Encouraging Story Behind the Rock Hill Outdoor Center

    In just 10 years, an abandoned industrial site in Rock Hill, S.C., has been turned into a playground for all kids of cyclists to enjoy.

  2. 4 Ways for Outdoor Lovers to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Charlotte

    How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Charlotte in a less traditional way, for those looking for some outdoor fun.

  3. 3 Charlotte Trails Steeped in American History

    These three hiking destinations offer outdoor enthusiasts a great network of historic trails steeped in Charlotte and early American history.

  4. The Best Way to Explore the Night Sky in Charlotte

    The Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club helps beginners explore the night sky—and offers suggestions on the best places to view the stars.

  5. Charlotte's Tuesday Night Cycling Tradition

    Charlotte's Tuesday night cycling tradition is much more than just a few enthusiastic cyclists meeting each week for a group ride. It's a growing community of committed individuals changing the Charlotte cycling scene.

  6. Winter Hiking to the Top of Virginia

    Grayson Highlands and Mount Rogers are known for wild ponies, sweeping views, and unpredictable weather. Winter hiking here can be quite the adventure.

  7. What is the Cross Charlotte Trail?

    In July 2013, USA Today ran a story listing the best urban trails in the U.S. While describing what made an urban trail great, the news outlet said each trail should:


    • Be important commuting arteries – connecting commuters to ke...

  8. 8 Charlotte Area Events to Help Keep Your Resolve

    Here are 8 Charlotte area events happening at the beginning of 2015 that will help you keep your New Year's resolve and support good causes at the same time.

  9. Keeping Active in the Offseason in Charlotte

    Whether it's battling the elements or heading to the climbing gym, keeping active in the offseason in Charlotte is easy to do.

  10. Exploring Morrow Mountain State Park by Land and Water

    Morrow Mountain State Park not only provides a surprising list of activities—it's just a 40-minute drive from the eastern side of Charlotte.

  11. Four Unique Coffee Shops Around Charlotte

    Here are four excellent coffee shops around Charlotte that are perfect for stopping in before or after hitting the trail.

  12. A Hike, a Pint, and a Slice: Touring the Montreat Natural Area

    Montreat Natural Area is home to excellent hiking and camping in the NC mountains, as well as some delicious pizza and beer, perfect for post hike.

  13. Holiday Races in Charlotte

    One of the greatest things about this time of year in the Queen City is the long list of holiday themed races in Charlotte.

  14. What it Was, Was Cyclo-Cross

    Cyclo-cross has been a popular event in Europe for the better part of a century, and now it's making a name for itself stateside. North Carolina in particular is home to an amazing race series.

  15. Robin Farina: Champion Women's Road Cyclist

    Earning the top prize in US Road Cycling was the result of a lifelong competitive spirit where nothing was deemed impossible.

  16. Volunteer Opportunities - Charlotte

    Outdoor volunteer opportunities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  17. Q&A with Ultra Runner Tom Hurd

    Charlotte runner Tom Hurd is as committed to his community as he is to his running.

  18. Q&A with Ultra Runner Rachel DuBois

    Rachel DuBois talks about her running career and how to balance family and fun.

  19. Feasting on Fall Views at Doughton Park

    Doughton Park, located between milepost 238 and 246, is the largest recreation area along the 469 mile Blue Ridge Parkway.

  20. Autumn Mountain Biking in Charlotte

    Mountain biking in North Carolina during the fall is one of the most inspiring things you can do on two wheels. Imagine as your spinning wheels grab a berm and your bike tilts inward as you carry speed through a tight turn.

  21. Rachel DuBois: Life on the Trails

    Rachel DuBois is a Raleigh runner who has gone all in, finding inspiration and strength along the way.

  22. Mt. Mitchell: On Top of the East

    There’s a bit of Tarheel pride in the fact that Mount Mitchell is the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. So important is the peak that, in 1915, it was named the first state park in North Carolina.

  23. Exploring Lake Keowee

    Lake Keowee, in western South Carolina, is a fun and worthwhile place to explore, especially on fall weekends, when you can have the place all to yourself.

  24. Fall Festivals of Charlotte

    Fall in Charlotte is wonderful time of year for so many reasons, and one of the biggest of these reasons is the many festivals that take place.

  25. Charlotte Swim Training

    Some people are nervous about hopping on a bike, but certainly the biggest barrier to entry for triathlon training is the swim. Thankfully, in Charlotte, there are plenty of places to do it.

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