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Bays Mountain: Lakeside and Fire Tower Trails

lake view

The network of trails at Tennessee’s largest city park allows hikers of any skill level to design an outing to suit them.


The Stanback Trails

Little Table Rock Mountain Trail is the longest of three newly designated Stanback Trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. It is located just a mile up the Parkway from the Heffner Gap Overlook at milepost 325.9, where a second Stanback Trail — the Rose Creek Trail — begins directly across the street.


Camp Creek: Gateway to West Virginia Wonders

Visitors can reach Mash Fork Waterfalls by an easily accessible route or a challenging hike. Photo courtesy

Just two miles away from busy Interstate 77, visitors to West Virginia’s Camp Creek State Park trade the hum of passing traffic for birdsong and the rushing chatter of waterfalls.


Tracking the Trails of a Reinspired History

By Kimber Ray Hundreds of miles of driving and recreation trails criss-cross southwest Virginia’s rolling green acres of mountains, stitching together a quilt of gushing streams, hidden and remarkable wildlife, raw coal mines, spirited music and welcoming, resilient towns. The


Guardians of our Public Lands

The employees of our state parks, national agencies and conservation organizations are committed to preserving the land we all own and enjoy. The future of our forests, air and water is in their care, and their work to protect our


Elk Knob Summit Now Accessible

Story and photos by Molly Moore The Elk Knob Summit Trail begins with a casual amble through canopied woods. The 1.8 mile trail is all uphill, and after rising gently for the first quarter mile, carves a series of switchbacks