Mega Work Day Planned for Pisgah Ranger District

The Pisgah Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, and a host of supporting organizations have announced a broad based volunteer work day in the Pisgah Ranger District called “Pisgah Pride Day 2016,” which is being planned in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, September 24, 2016. Work crews will convene at different locations on Saturday, September 24, and...

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LATCH: Live and Relive the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has announced the Kickstarter campaign for the Latch app. For the past year and a half, the ATC have been working with design studio P’unk Ave to come up with a way to let people share their memories from the Appalachian Trail and connect with what’s happening on the Trail. Born from a shared passion for the Trail and based...

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Introduction to Hiking the Cumberland Plateau program set Aug. 27, 2016

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be presenting a ranger talk about several popular and easy hiking trails in and around the Cumberland Plateau. This informative program is being held at the Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Gateway to the Big South Fork, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. at 11 a.m. (Central Time). With the fall season fast...

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Trekking In Transylvania, Romania

The Carpathian Mountains run in a great arc across Romania, rising to over 2500 meters in Transylvania and include some of the wildest mountain walking in Europe. A walk in the Piatra Craiului National Park, also in The Carpathians, is a more gentle, rural experience. It’s here that Jude Law and Nicole Kidman filmed Cold Mountain, the park doubling up for Virginia and...

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McAdam, NB hiking trails offer nature and history

New Brunswick, Canada is a province filled with interesting natural destinations that are open for the public to enjoy. One of the most popular activities in the New Brunswick wilderness is hiking, with trails spread throughout the province. One of these is McAdam’s City Camp Trail that starts at the community’s historic railway station, where incidentally...

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Hiking Grand Canyon end to end: How 2 adventurers did it

Few people have hiked the length of Grand Canyon. Fewer still have done it all at once. Last year, Rich Rudow and Chris Atwood completed that walk, taking thousands of photographs in the process. “More than four thousand people have summited Mount Everest,” Rudow writes in a blog post about his adventure. About 250 have completed the “triple...

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Lakes Region Hiking — The Adirondacks and Whites, A Contrast of Mountain Ranges

The Adirondack Mountains in northern New York State are not geologically part of the Appalachian Chain, as are the White Mountains. They are much older, formed over a billion years ago when upward doming of bedrock embedded under the earth’s crust was thrust upward to create the mountain mass we know today. The White Mountains, on the other hand, are much younger,...

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After the Olympics, Go Hiking in Rio de Janeiro

Tijuca National Park includes the city’s urban forest and sprawling mountains, where peaks overlook the colorful cityscape and offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Established in 1961, Tijuca was Brazil’s first national park. It is the most visited park in the country and covers 9,768 acres. According to the visitor center, more than 2 million people per year make...

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Healthy Hiking Snacks

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). To celebrate, take a hike on your favorite trail, or go to the NPS website to find a park near you, and take one of these healthy snacks along to fuel your journey. Once you select a trail, do some research — especially if you’re planning on a full-day hike. Call the campsite, or research online...

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Vancouver’s best parks: where the locals hike, swim and see the best public art

Easily the best thing about Vancouver is how it combines all the exciting bits of big-city living – cutting-edge food, art, music, etc – with fantastic access to the great outdoors. Surrounded by mountains, sea, forests and beaches, you can be eating the latest freshly foraged small plates in an industrial warehouse one minute, then kayaking, mountain-biking or lazing on...

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Planned 400-mile U.S.-Canada Hiking Trail Inspired by Wandering Moose

The 400-mile trek of a radio-collared moose named Alice is the inspiration for a proposed hiking trail from Ontario’s forested Algonquin Park to the heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Planners of the A2A — Algonquin to Adirondack — Trail liken it to Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, with the added benefit of preserving an important wildlife...

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Peaceful hiking trails lie just outside bustling Hong Kong

Green spaces just beyond the busy metropolis of Hong Kong offer various trails for all levels of hikers, along with tranquility and awesome views. One of the first things you notice is the silence. Minutes from Hong Kong’s frenetic core, yet seemingly a world away, lush landscapes, walking trails and scenic vistas overlook the vertical metropolis below. There is so much...

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Author Releases Memoir On Romantic Hiking Adventure

Not many people can say they met and married their spouse within 30 days of beginning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. But that’s exactly what happened to 25-year-old Claire Henley Miller. Mile 445 is the inspiring—and romantic—true story of how Miller left corporate life behind to embark on a 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada. She is doing it alone, and the only...

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Hiking dog about to climb 46th Adirondack High Peak

Ariel, a husky-golden retriever-Labrador mix has just one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks remaining to climb with her owner, Amber Pitcher of East Berne, NY. At 11 years old, most dogs start to slow down — but not Ariel. The husky-golden retriever-Labrador mix has spent the past three years hiking the 46 Adirondack High Peaks with Pitcher. The two are scheduled to climb...

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Hiking a hundred miles for kids

Emily’s Miles for Smiles is Emily Beehler’s mission to hike one hundred miles while raising money for the Colorado Mountain Club’s (CMC) Youth Education Program. “Everybody wants to do good and everybody wants to give back somehow,” Beehler says. “A lot of people can’t, either physically, time-wise, something. So they’re more than happy to give money because that’s how...

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Knoxville’s $45 million plan calls for 13 new greenway links

Knoxville, TN officials will publicly unveil a long-term $45 million plan to build 24 miles of greenways that would connect the city’s existing trail system. The city’s existing 90 miles of trails have been used largely as recreation, but the 13 planned corridors would help runners, walkers and cyclists to use the greenways to reach downtown, parks and other...

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Colorado’s Mount Audubon Trail

Thanks to its position east of the Continental Divide, this gentle thirteener has incredible vistas of snow-capped peaks rising above wildflower-filled tundra. Colorado’s fourteeners get a lot of acclaim. But hikers shouldn’t overlook the state’s gorgeous (yet still strenuous) 13,000-foot peaks. Take the easily accessible, 13,223-foot Mount Audubon,...

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Hiking in Phoenix – A Southwestern Hiking Series

Many regions of the United States are extraordinary for their diverse climate and topography. California comes to mind, as well as the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. But many people don’t consider the Southwest region as being more than desert. Yet, Arizona displays varied scenery, wide-ranging climate and awesome beauty, rivaling if not exceeding any other...

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New Jersey has a hiking trail lined with handmade fairy houses

A list of unusual things you might stumble upon during a walk in the woods of New Jersey: rare Piebald deer; curious geological formations; an extinct volcano; the ruins of an old ironworks; a telephone pole farm; a terrifying, kangaroo-like beast with wings, hooves and a forked tail. And then there are the handmade fairy habitats that line the Rahway Trail, an...

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Meet the new Chimney Rock State Park

Amid the 100th anniversary celebration of the private park established by the Morse Family in 1916, along with the centennial of the North Carolina State Park System, it’s fitting that the park and its visitors are growing and stretching into a new century with new ideas and new outdoor activities. James Ledgerwood, Chimney Rock State Park superintendent since 2011, and...

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Temporary Closure of Ramsey Cascades Trail @ GSMNP

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the temporary closure of the Ramsey Cascades Trail due to a damaged foot log caused by a fallen tree that is blocking access along the route. The foot log spans a section of Ramsey Prong which is too swift and deep to allow hikers to safely rock-hop across river. The popular, four-mile trail is located in the...

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Booby traps found on popular NJ hiking trail

Hikers and bikers beware. Police officials say there’s a sicko out there who is setting booby traps trying to injure people in a popular Northern New Jersey park. Wayne Police are asking everyone to look very closely at the more than 11 miles of trails in High Mountain Park Preserve because someone has been placing booby traps in the dirt path, specifically barbed...

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Roanoke club helping with foot-by-foot survey of Appalachian Trail

With cicadas buzzing above their heads and a splash of a nearby stream providing the metronome to their march, two men document the details of a section of the Appalachian Trail in Craig County, VA in hopes of earning the recognition they say it deserves. They wake up early, prepare for a long day of hiking through the woods and traipse through a different stretch of the...

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Tips for Bringing Your Dog into the Wilderness

Dogs are awesome. Dogs that can hang in the mountains are somehow even more awesome. Behind each of our favorite mountain pups is a loving and supportive owner making sure their quadrapedal compadre is happy and healthy. Unfortunately, so many outdoorsy dog owners don’t take the time to properly prepare and train their animal, resulting in campsite chaos, unnecessary...

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What to do and see in Bat Cave, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, N.C.

Travelers heading east on I-26 in North Carolina have surely shaken their heads a bit after passing exit 49. In fact, it might inspire a flashback to a classic TV show about a dynamic duo. The exit, like it says, leads to Bat Cave, but people hoping to catch a glimpse of Batman might instead have to settle for the community’s dynamic setting with...

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Fruita, an oasis in the desert of Capitol Reef

With its sweeping views and endless landscape, big sky and desert rock, Capitol Reef National Park claims scenery just as spectacular as other famous parks; Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands and Arches. But Capitol Reef is less crowded – a beautiful thing for hikers. Capitol Reef National Park surrounds Fruita, a little oasis settlement. The first view of Fruita is a sudden,...

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The many reasons to hike in the Adirondacks

In order to be recognized as one of the high peaks, an Adirondack mountain must stand above 4,000 feet. There’s 46 of them. Hikers come from all over the world to reach the summits of these coveted peaks. Stop two different hikers on the trail, and chances are they will give two different sets of reasons why they’re out in the wilderness. Drive between Saranac Lake and...

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First Trail Bridge at North Carolina’s Catawba Falls Complete

The first of two trail bridges on the Catawba Falls Trail on the Grandfather Ranger District is complete. In partnership with McDowell County, North Carolina State Parks, and a federal Recreational Trails Program grant, the Pisgah National Forest has rerouted the Catawba Falls trail and installed a trail bridge crossing the Catawba River. The Forest Service will be...

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Summer hiking in Taos: Gold Hill up and over to Deer Creek Trail

The wildflowers are bursting into bloom in the meadows high above Taos, New Mexico. Now is the perfect time to head up to the peaks above Taos Ski Valley to experience the beautiful and challenging hikes that begin there. The summit of Gold Hill is one of the most scenic destinations. This hike takes you through the forests, along streams and up into high-altitude...

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Key segment of unfinished Foothills Parkway to receive final funding

Good news for Smokies lovers. A 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway in Blount and Sevier counties in Tennessee is a big step closer to final funding thanks to a $10 million federal transportation grant. The unfinished section includes the “Missing Link,” an infamous 1.65-mile stretch that will require nine bridges to span a series of ravines along the...

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Momentum builds for Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail

It’s been four years since it was first announced. And years remain before it is to be completed. But momentum continues to build for one of the most ambitious trail projects in the mid-Hudson Valley, a potential 9-mile pathway linking Beacon and Cold Spring, New York. The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail will provide hikers and bikers safe passage through the towns of...

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Best places in Summit County, Colorado to view summer wildflowers

Wildflowers are all over the Rocky Mountains right now, but some places in Summit County, COlorado are better than others if you want to get your flower fix this season. Mid- to late July is usually the best time to see blooms in all of the High Country areas. In forests, look for wild roses, yellow arnica and fairy slipper orchids, and in wet areas find tall chiming...

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