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  1. Snorkeling and Camping in the Cherokee National Forest

    On any given day, a snorkeler in Cherokee National Forest is likely to see up to 20 different species including freshwater drum, bream, tadpoles, turtles, salamanders, mussels, snails, and many more.

  2. How to Beat the Crowds at America's Most Visited National Park

    The best tips for visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and getting away from the crowds.

  3. How Crested Butte's Best Mountain Bike Trails Came to Be

    Crested Butte's incredible mountain bike trails are some of the best in the world. With a history as intriguing as the trails themselves, the story behind their creation is worth a look.

  4. SUP Charlotte: How and Where Launch Your Board in the Queen City

    Here’s everything you need to know to stand-up paddleboard in and around Charlotte this summer.

  5. The 650-Mile Alabama Trail: Coming Soon to a Town Near You

    It's still a ways off, but the Alabama Trail is poised to connect existing trails and become a 650-mile mecca of hiking in Alabama. Here's what to know now.

  6. Spending a long weekend in Giles County, Virginia

    Giles County, Virginia, is an spectacular adventure destination in the mountainous southwest corner of the state. It's a pristine playground for outdoor lovers looking to explore the Appalachian Trail and New River.

  7. The Story Behind Land Between the Lakes: America’s Largest Inland Peninsula

    Beginning in Kentucky and ending 40 miles south in Tennessee, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) is the largest inland peninsula in the country.

  8. A Fictional Town, an Abandoned Movie Set, and Serene Wilderness: Exploring Spectre and Jackson Lake Island

    Just outside Montgomery is a wilderness oasis on the Jackson Lake Island—as well as a eerie, abandoned movie set. Here's how to explore Spectre and its environs.

  9. How to Explore One of Colorado's Lesser-Known Adventure Towns

    Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of Western Colorado, Silverton is a small town with big adventure. Here's how to make the most of a visit.

  10. 8 Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures in Virginia's Shenandoah County

    While Shenandoah County is teeming with fresh air escapes—from exploring palate-pleasing farm breweries to the picturesque pinnacle of Great North Mountain—here are eight of the region’s best off-the-beaten adventures.

  11. How to Have a Fun-Filled Weekend in Shenandoah County

    We put together an itinerary that covers just one of the many ways to spend a fun-filled 48 hours in Shenandoah County, a mountain mecca just 90 minutes from Washington, DC.

  12. What Type of Charlotte Runner Are You?

    Whether you’ve just finished your first 5K or are planning your next 100-miler, the Charlotte area has a variety of solid training options for everyone.

  13. A Guide to Grand Mesa: The Largest Flat-Topped Mountain in the World

    Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world—and, consequently, is chock-full of things to do all year long.

  14. Biking the Backroads and Trails of Gaston County

    Just west of Charlotte, N.C., Gaston County has become a major cycling destination where both roadies and mountain bikers can find incredible rides.

  15. Demystifying the Cherokee National Forest: A Beginner’s Guide

    If you’ve ever been hiking or paddling in eastern Tennessee, you’ve probably experienced the wonders of the Cherokee National Forest without even knowing it.

  16. Bike the Circuit: 135 Miles of Adventure Around Mobile Bay

    Stunning shoreline, gorgeous hiking, and seafood restaurants galore: The 135-mile route around Mobile Bay is a perfect two-wheeled adventure.

  17. Traveling 7,000 Miles Across South America By Bus

    A far-off destination, a hodgepodge plan, and a month and a half solo journey—how one young man traveled across Argentina and Ecuador by bus.

  18. Tee Up on the Best Disc Golf Courses in South Alabama

    Disc golf is exploding in popularity—especially in the South. Here, 10 excellent disc golf courses in south Alabama to tee up on.

  19. Beyond the Beach: 10 Must-Do Summer Adventures on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

    Sure, the white sand and aquamarine water are great, but there's plenty more to do on the Alabama Gulf Coast than the beach. Here, 10 must-do summer adventures.

  20. Why the Salton Sea Is the Most Important Lake You've Never Visited

    People talk about the shrinking shoreline and deserted ghost towns. But they don’t tell you that the Salton Sea is a beautiful and must-visit sapphire blue ocean in the heart of the desert.

  21. 50 Things to Do in Chattanooga

    From the best local hiking trails, to the top places for refueling afterwards, here's our list of 50 outdoor things to do in Chattanooga.

  22. 19 of the Best Restaurants in Chattanooga with Outdoor Seating

    Chattanooga is a popular summer destination for all of its outdoor activities—and that includes dining. Check out these 19 restaurants with excellent decks, rooftops, and patios to enjoy the fresh air.

  23. Local Voices for the National Monuments

    A few days remain to add your thoughts about our nation's monument designation system; here we speak to a few locals for another perspective.

  24. Road Biking Colorado National Monument: A Cycling Trip to Remember

    The 23-mile Rim Rock Drive stretches from one end of the Monument to the other, and the ride involves about 2,300 feet of climbing.

  25. A Guide to Getting on the Water in Grand Junction

    The Colorado River Corridor, offering loads of fun for rafters, kayakers, canoeists, and stand-up paddlers, is an ideal place to visit during the hot summer months.

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