North Carolina mountain town ranked one of the best small towns for adventure. Read more


I consider myself a scrounger, part from necessity, part from the love of “rescuing” something of value. When my mother needed household items after an extended period of illness, I traded pet-sitting duties for a kitchen table and some stools. Read more



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The Southern Appalachian region is one of the tops for outdoor adventure, its recreational opportunities drawing everyone from hikers on the Appalachian Trail to Olympic hopefuls who train on the whitewater rivers. Read more


Zorbing in the mountains

Marla Hardee Milling photo

Perched on a hillside in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., three humongous balls crafted out of flexible, transparent plastic provoke natural curiosity. At first impression, the oversized globes resemble exercise balls for giant hamsters. Read more


Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center

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The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is located on the shore of the Tennessee River just off Neyland Drive in downtown. It’s a setting that’s almost too perfect to have been an accident—indeed, the center’s facility was built for another purpose. Read more


Healing waters

Rick Queen photo

Life was looking up when Bill Bowen was 25. He’d just landed a job as a logger, and as a lifelong hunter, nothing beat getting paid to be outside in the woods every day. But less than a week later, his world took a drastic turn. Read more


Going to extremes

Blake Madden photo

The mountains are a proving ground where outdoor enthusiasts come to test their mettle against one another and against themselves. There is no shortage of daredevils here—kayakers, mountain bikers, survivalists—the list goes on. Read more

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