October 2, 2018

Headwaters State Forest Is Open to Hikers

A waterfall in Headwaters State Forest

In September, the state Forest Service cut the ribbon on Headwaters State Forest, opening to the public a 6,730-acre tract of mountains and streams along the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The land had been owned by former congressman Charles Taylor, and local and national land conservancies worked for nearly a decade to bring the forest […]

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October 2, 2018

The Best Duffel Bags of 2018

A woman pulling a duffel bag out of the back of a car.

Unlike a traditional suitcase, a versatile duffel bag can expand or contract based on the amount of gear you need to bring with you. You can stuff a duffel with both hard and soft goods, which makes it well-suited for everything from weekend travel to camping, from stowing gear to moving across town. We looked […]

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September 28, 2018

How to Peep the Fall Foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Tahquamenon River with fall color in Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Newberry Michigan.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is truly a wild place, where wolves, moose and elk roam free in dense forests of aspen, maple and pine. Known by locals as the U.P., the region is bordered by three Great Lakes, and is perhaps best known for its harsh winters. In the fall, however, the forests of the Upper […]

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September 28, 2018

How to Peep the Fall Foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

The Tahquamenon River with fall color in Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Newberry Michigan.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is truly a wild place, where wolves, moose and elk roam free in dense forests of aspen, maple and pine. Known by locals as the U.P., the region is bordered by three Great Lakes, and is perhaps best known for its harsh winters. In the fall, however, the forests of the Upper […]

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September 25, 2018

Recipes: Campfire Salmon and Veggies

salmon packet

Foil packet meals are one of the easiest ways to make dinner over a campfire and have been delighting hungry campers for years. Simply wrap a bunch of delicious ingredients in aluminum foil and toss it over the fire. Everything cooks together, so it’s all ready at the same time. But even great camping traditions […]

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September 15, 2018

Staff Picks: The Best Hammocks of 2020

hammock

No better time for hanging than the present. Set up your hammock off the trail or at camp, in your backyard or in your living room, and get busy lounging. Start here with our tips for choosing the perfect hammock for you. Once you know how you plan to use it, check out our team’s […]

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September 1, 2018

Glamping 101: How to Go from Camping to Glamping

A roomy tent with cots and plush bedding

“Glamping” has emerged as the buzziest of buzzwords in the outdoors. Camping itself has always existed on a spectrum, from minimalists sleeping in remote wilderness areas to RVers in parking lots. Glamping has emerged as a way of pushing the envelope on the posh end of things, sometimes in spectacularly extravagant ways, but it can […]

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August 30, 2018

One Writer’s Quest to Introduce Kids to Our National Parks

Man looking at Denali with a copy of a book in hand

Kate Siber remembers clearly the magic of her first national park visit: She was 10. And the cliffs of Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Tribe’s adjacent land made a huge impact. “Coming from an urban upbringing, I was completely blown away by the cliffs, the red hue of the rock, the crazy waterfalls […]

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August 23, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Pads for Camping

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad

If you’ve been sleeping uncomfortably on an air mattress or a foam pad during your car-camping excursions, this guide is for you. There’s a better world out there, one filled with insulated, warm, comfortable sleeping pads that will lull you to sleep. You’ll wake up warm and comfortable with no back kinks or trampoline-style bouncing involved. […]

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