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November 28, 2018

How to Explore Grand Teton National Park

Teton alpenglow.

Few parks capture the public imagination—or represent the quintessential American West—as much as Grand Teton National Park. Home to soaring pinnacles, abundant wildlife and superlative outdoor activities, the Tetons welcome millions of visitors each year from across the globe. “There’s so much for everyone to enjoy; it’s a really special place,” says Heather Gyselman, the […]

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November 28, 2018

10 Top Hikes in Connecticut

Hiking in Connecticut in the winter.

  Despite its small size, Connecticut offers both local and visiting hikers a variety of trail systems to explore. The parks and forests scattered throughout the state have hundreds of miles of trail, and you can enjoy everything from easily accessible and well-kept suburban strolls to more rugged and technical backcountry hikes through secluded woods […]

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November 27, 2018

The Wilderness Society: Speak Up to Protect Your Favorite Outdoor Places

As the #OptOutside movement continues to grow, it’s a fitting moment to recognize the outdoor places that make our adventures possible. Although the 610-million-acre federal public lands system has no limit to the way it tests our grit, this unique arrangement requires constant champions to boost policies that keep the system accessible, safe and well maintained. The […]

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November 26, 2018

How to Travel and Hike the Cinque Terre

A group hikes onward to the next village.

If you dream of hiking through Italian hillsides, vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards with epic seascape views, the Cinque Terre is the destination for you. Cinque Terre, which translates to “five lands,” is a district in northern Italy made up of five fishing villages scattered along the rugged Ligurian coast, all of which are […]

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November 14, 2018

Author Richard Louv on a Greener Future

After decades of reporting on the connection between family, community and nature, one might expect Richard Louv to be a pessimist. After all, the news of the day about humans and nature isn’t always the cheeriest. But the famed author and journalist radiated optimism during a late-October interview in Seattle, just before taking off on […]

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November 14, 2018

New Analysis Reveals Top 50 Cities for Access to the Outdoors

St. Paul, Minnesota

As millions of Americans prepare to #OptOutside on Black Friday, a new analysis reveals the top 50 large U.S. cities to #OptOutside based on their park access and proximity to public lands. The Urban Outdoor Access Analysis—conducted by the Trust for Public Land and supported by REI—placed equal weight on the per-capita acreage of public […]

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November 13, 2018

Community Stories: Akuna Hikes

When Will Robinson returned home to southeast Louisiana after serving four years in the U.S. Army, he came back broken. “Mentally, I was not the same person that I was before I left,” he said. Robinson enlisted at the age of 22, and his time in the Army included one deployment in Iraq in 2003. […]

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November 7, 2018

The Best Headlamps of 2018

A man hiking with climbing gear while wearing a headlamp

If you plan to spend any time outside, you need a headlamp. In fact, headlamps are one of the most useful pieces of gear any outdoorsperson can own because they offer a hands-free way to navigate in the darkness. Whether you plan to run or hike at night, set up camp in the dark or […]

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November 7, 2018

Your Guide to Rocky Fork State Park

One of the closest state parks to downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is actually just across the border in Tennessee, and it encompasses some of the most rugged terrain in the Southeast. In 2012, the state of Tennessee established Rocky Fork State Park, more than 2,000 acres of mountains punctuated by cliffs and bisected by wild […]

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