Outdoors

One of the nice things about running is you can do it just about anywhere. Lace-up a pair of running shoes and start exploring. Of course, it helps when the place to explore is surrounded by tree-covered mountains, scenic waterways, and an abundance of trails....

Southwest Virginia is within a day’s drive of more than half of the United States population, giving plenty of folks the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful state parks in the country.   At roughly the same size of Rhode Island, scenic Southwest Virginia, which...

The Cascades are a must-visit spot for waterfall lovers in Southwest Virginia. Adam Fagen The peaks and valleys of Southwest Virginia embrace the Blue Ridge, Allegheny, and Cumberland mountains in the Appalachian chain, offering numerous opportunities to experience the beautiful sight of waterfalls. Many lie close to...

The Virginia Creeper Trail is one of the area’s top destinations for cyclists. The scenic path stretches 34 miles from Whitetop Station to Abingdon. Perry Smyre After the grit and grime, the best way to cap off an epic outdoor adventure is with a little well-deserved pampering....

The route known as the Back of the Dragon has become a top destination for motorcyclists, but any motorists will enjoy the amazing views. Virginia State Parks Sturgis, South Dakota, is what pops into most people’s minds when they think of motorcycle adventures. While this rip roaring...

Featuring a landscape dappled with mammoth swaths of wilderness, laced with free-flowing rivers, and crowned by high peaks—including the loftiest summit in the state, 5,728-foot Mount Rogers—Southwest Virginia is like no place else in the state. For outdoor lovers, this ruggedly wild corner of the...