A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Journey to delightful trails, inspiring overlooks and refreshing swimming holes in the Appalachian range.



The Bluestone Turnpike Trail

This roughly 10-mile trail follows the Bluestone River in southern West Virginia and gives hikers a taste of the wild.


Hidden Treasures: Public Forests

Here, we outline a multitude of gorgeous spots off the beaten path in our national forests.


Adventures Await at Hidden Rocks

Breathtaking vistas for hikers and a variety of routes for climbers at Virginia's Hidden Rocks.


Journey to Rainbow Falls at Jones Gap State Park

This South Carolina state park boasts a 100-foot waterfall, a wide variety of wildflowers and more.


Bays Mountain: Lakeside and Fire Tower Trails

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


Section Hiking the Art Loeb Trail

An 8.3-mile hike to the top of Shining Rock is perhaps the most scenic portion of the 30-mile Art Loeb Trail.


Treasures of the Parkway

Here, we outline some of the best overlooks, hikes and historic sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Traversing the Rock Formations at Kentucky’s Natural Bridge

On the outskirts of the Red River Gorge, hikers at Natural Bridge State Resort Park walk among natural sandstone structures and climb stairs amid thickets of rhododendron and the shade of hemlocks.


Hidden Treasures: Fishing and Swimming Spots

Scattered throughout the lush Appalachian Mountains are beautiful pools of water that perfect for fishing or swimming or both! Read our latest "Hidden Treasures" feature to learn about a few of them.


Refuge, Restoration and Radio Silence at Laurel Fork

In the shadow of a National Radio Astronomy Observatory telescope, Laurel Fork Trails offers scenic views and a rare chance to escape the buzzes and beeps of the technological age.


Monumental Momentum

The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would provide additional protection for approximately 122,000 acres within the Monongahela National Forest and aims to boost tourism in the area.


Trailbuilding: Forging New Paths

Trail advocates in Pound, Va., Elizabethton, Tenn., and Wyoming County, W.Va., are working with community members and partners to develop new hiking paths.


Pink Beds Loop

Pisgah National Forest's Pink Beds Loop offers hikers an opportunity to enjoy the diversity of Appalachia's ecosystems.


Climbing the Highlands

Appalachia offers climbers challenging routes in beautiful settings, and the region’s geology invites adventurers of all styles and abilities. And in return, the sport of climbing provides an opportunity for economic development for areas around these rock formations.


The Hidden Gem of Rocky Fork

This moderately strenuous hike through the mountains of eastern Tennessee follows an old logging trail to the 100-foot Big Falls on Lower Higgens Creek. Several creek crossings and caves mark the remainder of the path to Birchfield Camp Lake.