best of the blue ridge Go Outside January 2019 Travel

Best of the Blue Ridge

Best of the Blue Ridge

With greater than 100 classes, the eighth annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards are greater and higher than ever. Hundreds of readers forged their votes for his or her favourite individuals, locations, occasions, meals + drink, and companies in the area. What’s this yr’s weirdest occasion? Who is that this yr’s Adventurer of the Yr? Discover some of your favorites on this listing and be impressed on your subsequent journey.

Locations


Mountaineering Path

Tinker Cliffs (Troutville, VA)

When you make it up this leg of the Virginia Triple Crown, Tinker Cliffs presents a shocking view of the Roanoke Valley to the south. This reasonably strenuous hike is round 7 miles spherical journey and climbs virtually 2,000 ft in elevation.

Finalists

Jackrabbit (Hayesville, N.C.)

Lengthy Level (Summersville, W. Va.)


A.T. Part

McAfee Knob (Catawba, Va.)

Guests from round the world come to hike the well-known McAfee Knob, one of the most photographed spots on the A.T. Dawn, sundown, or center of the day, depart lots of time to take in the surroundings at the prime.

Finalists

Max Patch (Scorching Springs, N.C.)

Dragon’s Tooth (Catawba, Va.)


Spot Alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway

Peaks of Otter (Va.)

In the center of the Jefferson Nationwide Forest, this spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a gateway to journey. Fish in Abbott Lake, hike one of the six trails in the space, or camp at the base of Sharp Prime Mountain.

Finalists

Mount Mitchell (N.C.)

Linville Cove Viaduct (N.C.)


Waterfall

Blackwater Falls (Davis W. Va.)

With a number of viewing platforms, this five-story waterfall is definitely accessible in each season. The “black” water, tinted by tannic acid from fallen hemlock and purple spruce needles, runs by means of an eight-mile gorge.

Finalists

Cascades (Pembroke, Va.)

Linville Falls (Linville, N.C.)


Swimming Gap

Paul’s Creek (Nellysford, Va.)

Slide down the pure waterslide into Paul’s Creek, the good option to cool off after a hike via the woods.

Finalists

Massive Rock (Deep Creek, N.C.)

Midnight Gap (Smokies, N.C.)


Paddling River

New River (W. Va.)

One of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River flows north into West Virginia from North Carolina. This river has one thing for each paddler, from clean flatwater to class V rapids in the spring.

Finalists

Gauley River (Summersville, W. Va.)

Inexperienced River (N.C.)


SUP Spot

Summersville Lake (Summersville, W. Va.)

At 28,000 acres, with greater than 60 miles of undeveloped shoreline, Summersville Lake is the good secluded spot to get your SUP on.

Finalists

Pembroke Pond on New River (Pembroke, Va.)

Finger Lake (Fontana Lake, N.C.)


Flat Water

Summersville Lake (Summersville, W. Va.)

The towering sandstone cliffs create the good backdrop for the largest lake in West Virginia. Additionally it is the website of the PsicoRoc deep-water solo competitors, the solely time this sort of climbing is technically authorized at the lake.

Finalists

Carvins Cove (Roanoke, Va.)

Fontana Lake (Bryson Metropolis, N.C.)


Fishing Spot

New River (Fayetteville, W. Va.)

Head out to the New River in the spring or fall for the greatest alternative to catch bass, walleye, muskellunge, crappie, bluegill, carp, and catfish.

Finalists

South River (Waynesboro, Va.)

Tuckasegee River (Bryson Metropolis, N.C.)


Climbing Crag

Seneca Rocks (W. Va.)

With greater than 350 mapped climbing routes, climbers of all talents are welcome to check their multi-pitch climbing and trad expertise at Seneca Rocks. It’s unimaginable to overlook the towering crags as you drive in
to the Monongahela Nationwide Forest.

Finalists

New River Gorge (W. Va.)

Rumbling Bald (N.C.)


Operating Path 

Greenbrier River Path (W. Va.)

Cross over 35 bridges, beneath two tunnels, and thru a number of West Virginian cities on this 78-mile former railroad path. Disconnect from the world on this secluded path, together with a piece inside a Nationwide Radio Quiet Zone the place cell telephones don’t work.

Finalists

Mountains to Sea Path (N.C.)

Jackrabbit Path (N.C.)


Biking Path

Mill Creek (Narrows, Va.)

At 145 acres, Mill Creek Nature Park provides a spread
of mountain bike trails for all talent ranges. Trails prolong into the Jefferson Nationwide Forest for additional driving.

Finalists

Nice Allegheny Passage (Penn. to Md.)

Tsali (Bryson Metropolis, N.C.)


City Park/Greenway

Roanoke River Greenway (Roanoke, Va.)

This paved pathway weaves by way of the coronary heart of Roanoke, passing by way of busy buying districts and residential areas. The path shall be 25 miles lengthy when completed, connecting the cities of Roanoke and Salem.

Finalists

James River Park (Richmond, Va.)

Falls Park (Greenville, S.C.)


Ski Run

Cupp Run (Snowshoe Mountain Resort, W. Va.)

Designed by the prolific skier Jean-Claude Killy, Cupp Run options one of the longest vertical drops in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Take a stab at the annual Cupp Run Problem in February, a practice at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. 

Finalists

Shay’s Revenge (Snowshoe Mountain Resort, W.Va.)

Oz (Beech Mountain Resort, N.C.)


Terrain Park

Wintergreen (Va.)

Go to many times as Wintergreen incessantly modifications the format of the greater than 40 options in its terrain park, from tabletops and enjoyable packing containers to rainbow rails and battleships.

Finalists

Snowshoe (W. Va.)

Beech Mountain (N.C.)


Campsite

Davidson River (Pisgah Nationwide Forest, N.C.)

Spend the night time at one of the 144 campsites close to the river for straightforward entry to fishing, mountaineering, and swimming, with quick access to Brevard and Asheville.

Finalists

Kairos (Glen Lyn, Va.)

Rocky Hole State Park (Flintstone, Md.)


Wilderness Space

Dolly Sods Wilderness (W. Va.)

At one level, these 17,371 acres in the Monongahela Nationwide Forest have been virtually utterly clear-cut, resulting in soil erosion and frequent wildfires. As this distinctive ecosystem has rebounded because of its protected standing, it now boasts life varieties often present in southern Canada and awe-inspiring views.

Finalists

Priest Wilderness (Va.)

Shining Rock Wilderness (N.C.)


Nationwide Park

Blue Ridge Parkway (N.C./Va.)

From the Nice Smoky Mountains to Shenandoah Nationwide Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway presents a whole lot of miles of winding roads and mountain vistas.

Finalists

Shenandoah Nationwide Park (Va.)

Nice Smoky Mountains Nationwide Park (N.C./Tenn.)


State Park

Grayson Highlands (Va.)

Grayson Highlands State Park is residence to Virginia’s highest peak and greater than 100 wild ponies. The Appalachian Path and Virginia Highlands Horse Path are simply accessible from the moss-covered forests and mountain meadows.

Finalists

Blackwater Falls (W. Va.)

Pure Bridge State Resort Park (Ky.)


Nationwide Forest

Monongahela Nationwide Forest (W. Va.)

Established in 1920, this Nationwide Forest protects virtually one million acres of mountainous panorama in japanese West Virginia, together with Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, and the falls of Hills Creek.

Finalists

Jefferson Nationwide (Va.)

Pisgah Nationwide Forest  (N.C.)


Luxurious Vacation spot/Resort/Mattress and Breakfast

Pilot Cove (Brevard, N.C.)

With 10 cabins that mix into the surroundings, Pilot Cove is the good combine of luxurious lodging with quick access to outside journey on the border of Pisgah Nationwide Forest.

Finalists

Mountain Lake Lodge (Pembroke, Va.)

Primland (Meadows of Dan, Va.)


Child-Pleasant Journey

Wintergreen (Va.)

This four-season resort has one thing for the entire household, from snowboarding and tubing in the winter to ziplining and archery in the hotter months.

Finalists

Ace Resort (W. Va.)

Pisgah Middle for Wildlife Schooling (N.C.)


Pet-Pleasant Journey

Rivanna Path (Charlottesville, Va.)

Stroll or run together with your furry beloved one on this wilderness path round the metropolis of Charlottesville. The straightforward to average terrain is a superb place to flee from the noise and luxuriate in the sounds of nature.

Finalists

Gatlinburg Path (Gatlinburg, Tenn.)

Mill Creek Nature Park (Narrows, Va.)


Place to Play Hooky From Work

winding down after a day on the slopes at snowshoe mountain resort / Photograph By chris mclennan

Snowshoe (Snowshoe, W. Va.)

Make the most out of a day “off” at this 4 season resort. Spend all day and into the night time on the ski slopes or loosen up in the spa and reserve a backcountry journey eating expertise.

Finalists

Bent Creek (Asheville, N.C.)

Virginia’s Mountain Playground (Giles County, Va.)


Place to Interact in Illicit and Nefarious Actions

Not Telling

Discovering your personal secret spot is all the time extra enjoyable than co-opting another person’s.

Finalists

Blue Ridge Parkway overlook after sundown

Any music pageant in the Southeast


Place for Outside Singles to Stay

Asheville, N.C.

As one of the go-to journey cities on the East Coast, Asheville has exploded with locations to eat, issues to do, and assets for journey. You’re sure to run into somebody who shares comparable pursuits on this city.

Finalists

Roanoke, Va.

Bryson Metropolis, N.C.


Place to Increase an Outside Household

Roanoke, Va.

Introduce your youngsters to the outdoor on one of Roanoke’s many greenways and river accesses earlier than shifting them as much as tougher adventures on the Appalachian Path.

Finalists

Bryson Metropolis, N.C.

Johnson Metropolis, Tenn.


State in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic for Outside Actions

Virginia

From the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, step into Virginia’s yard for climbing, biking, paddling, climbing, and extra. Take benefit of all 4 seasons, whether or not you’re on the A.T., Blue Ridge Parkway, or one of the many ski runs.

Finalists

North Carolina

West Virginia

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