5 Facts You May Not Know About California’s National Forests

In California, we rely on our National Forests for half of our water. That is one of the many reasons why the National Forest Foundation is working to restore the valuable resources in the forests that contribute to $37 billion in food and commodities. From their work in the Tahoe on aquatic, forest and rural communities to their work in the Angeles National Forest to...

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Group of teachers, coaches take hiking challenge

Hiking 34 miles in steamy, hot temperatures probably isn’t what most schoolteachers dream about doing on their summer vacation. For five Hampton School District teachers and coaches, though, it was their idea of a “challenge.” The group got together June 22 for the 17th annual Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy Challenge – a 34-mile hike between...

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Hike Florence Nature Preserve with CMLC

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, July 13, for a guided hike through CMLC-owned Florence Nature Preserve. Hikers will trek a lollipop-route, circumnavigating the Preserve to reach two of FNP’s most scenic locales: Rattlesnake Knob and Little Pisgah Point. These rock outcroppings feature scenic views of the rugged Hickory Nut Gorge. This...

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Mount Hood book guides hikers safely around the mountain

A handy, pocket-size book that has long been in many a Portland hiker’s collection has gotten an upgrade and a facelift. “Around & About Mount Hood” is a new edition of an old classic that was first published in 1997. The author is Sonia Buist, with Emily Keller. Lots of things have changed around the mountain since the previous version of the book...

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Hiking enthusiasts flock to Mount Fuji as climbing season opens

Hikers flocked to Mount Fuji on Monday as Japan’s highest mountain, which last month was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, opened for the climbing season. At the 3,776-meter summit, climbers cheered as the sun broke through the clouds at around 4:40 a.m. Monday. They trekked up the mountain, which straddles Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, after three of its four...

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Canadian man hiking for 5 years has backpack stolen, burned

A Canadian man said he lost all his camping gear and footage for a documentary about his five-year hike when someone stole and burned his backpack. Dana Meise said he was hiking in Saskatchewan when he was invited by a family to see the chuck wagon races in Onion Lake. When he turned his back for a few minutes while preparing to sleep in one of the wagons, someone stole...

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The 5 best U.S. places to raise outdoor kids

Want to get your children hooked on the active life? In these five family-friendly towns, adventure is right outside the front door. New York City is a great place to raise a cultured, worldly kid, but when it comes to teaching them to appreciate nature, the Big Apple falls short in a big way. Though it’s geographically close to a number of quick, fantastic...

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Chimney Rock Wins Favorite State Park, Best Hiking Trail in Best of the Mountains Southeast Travel Awards

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina won the platinum award for Favorite State Park in Blue Ridge Country’s 2013 Best of the Mountains travel poll, covering seven southern states in the Appalachian Mountains. Readers awarded three more platinum honors for Best Hike to Take the Dog Along, Best Birding Area and Best Beautiful Fall Foliage Spot....

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