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There is still time for a summer adventure!

Don't worry, summer is not over and there’s still time for an awesome summer adventure! Sure, you look at the calendar, slap your forehead and realize that it's almost Labor Day, and you’ve let the summer slip away. Maybe you don’t have time for that epic, week-long...

5 Mountain Adventures for the Casual Hiker

We love the idea of a mountain hike. We’re also intimidated by it. Hiking in the Southern Appalachians is often defined by its difficulty. Want to summit Mount Mitchell? At an elevation of 6,684 feet, it’s the highest point in the eastern United States? You have to...

Summer is Coming, Grab a Paddle and Hit the Water

It’s almost summer, it’s getting hot. There’s only one place you’ll even think about being active, and that’s in the water. For many North Carolinians, the only way to cool off is at the beach or at a local lake. We have beautiful options all across the state. ...

Stressed Out? A Hike Can Be Good For Your Health

Four years ago I started an after-work hiking program for folks who sat at a desk all day. I knew that getting out on the trail will be good for them. As an author and a hiking expert, I have always tried to encourage others to give hiking a try. I've always thought...

Daylight Savings Time: after work adventures

When we switch to Daylight Saving Time in the spring, the focus typically is on the downside, that we need to get up an hour earlier for work, that the sun gets to sleep longer than we do. What we should focus on is what’s happening on the other end — one extra hour...

Stressed out? Get moving!

For most of us, stress is a part of life. Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately with their lives, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)....

Scouting Inspires Dad To Go Hiking

Scouting is intended to be a way for kids to expand their horizons, to try new things, to learn a thing or two about themselves. Scouting can be magical Sometimes it works its magic on the parents, too. “While I've always enjoyed being outside I never really went out...

Hike NC offers family fun on the trail

This summer we’re hosting a dozen hikes, in the Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Asheville areas. Because summer is a time when families like to spend time together, our summer hikes are family-themed. For instance, on August 15, Ranger Lance Huss will lead a hike...

4 Farmers Market Finds That May Surprise You

For many of us, going to the farmers’ market requires a commitment. You have to wake up early on Saturday morning to beat the crowd and drive 30 minutes to get those fresh peaches or ripe strawberries. At a good farmers’ market, the choices can be overwhelming, so you...

7 Hiking Tips to Beat the Heat this Summer

Yes, it’s warm out. OK, hot. But don’t let the beginning of summer keep you from continuing to hike. You just have to be smart about the heat, pick the right places to hike, and pick the right times to go. Hot hiking tips 1. Drink! Drink, drink, drink. Hydrate before...

Going on a Hike? Here’s What to Bring

You’re invited to a party, you have two questions: What should I wear? What should I bring? And so it goes with a hike. You’re invited, say, to one of our beginner-friendly Hike NC hikes and the same questions arise: How should I dress? What should I bring?...

How to Stay Warm Outside on the Trails this Winter

More than 145 million adults walk for exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control, or more than 60 percent of us. You wouldn’t guess that, though, if your observations were made during the winter. With so many of us dependent on walking for our physical and...

Warm up to the Winter Outdoors by Hiking

New Year’s resolutions to be more active are a curious thing: they’re made at the worst possible time to be active outdoors. At least it’s perceived as the worst possible time: In reality, winter is among the best times to active outside. Think about it: Would you...

Make the First Day of 2017 Count with a Hike

New Year’s resolutions are thought to date back some 4,000 years, to Babylonia. True, the Babylonians weren’t vowing to develop rock-hard abs or drop 25 pounds by bikini season (their main goals were to repay debts and give back the stuff they had borrowed), but the...

5 Ways to Make Hiking a Healthy Habit this Winter

As we wrap up the inaugural season of Hike NC!, our hope is that we’ve created a new fleet of hikers in North Carolina. That was our goal going in: to take folks who have been hiking-curious, who’ve wanted to take a walk in the woods but didn’t know quite how to get...

4 Hiking Myths Debunked

Perhaps you’ve noticed our new Hike NC statewide hiking program, seen that it’s geared toward new hikers, noticed that most of the more than 60 hikes scheduled over the next couple of months aren’t crazy long (between 2 and 4 miles), and, most significantly, taken...