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McAfee Knob Shuttle Up and Running for 2024

Tackling the eight-mile loop that is McAfee Knob is no easy feat; getting to the trailhead, however, should be a breeze. Back in fall of 2023, the McAfee Knob parking lot officially closed while crews […]

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More Funding for Local Outdoor Projects

Nine More Projects Earn Grants through  Roanoke Outside Initiative. Since its creation, Project Outside grants have provided $175,000 to fund maintenance and development of outdoor assets and support for outdoor-related organizations and businesses in the […]

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Hike Grassy Hill in Rocky Mount

If you like post-hike options – food, beer, music, etc. – then you’ll want to check out Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve in Rocky Mount, VA. This lesser-known hike offers lots of options! Whether you’re […]

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Wesley Hodges All-Inclusive Fly Fishing Weekends

Beautiful scenery, comfortable accommodations, incredible food, and killer fishing–Wesley Hodges in Botetourt County is a fly-fishing dream. Thus, it’s no surprise they’re an Orvis-endorsed fishing guide, nor is it surprising that they’ve curated Orvis All Inclusive […]

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Best of the Blue Ridge Winners (Roanoke Region)

We were just perusing the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine “Best of the Blue Ridge” awards, and the Roanoke Region took home quite a few top honors for destinations, events, businesses, and food and drinks. Thanks […]

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The Reluctant Rockstar

Guest Post by Lisa Thomas In 2018, my husband Rob Issem created and organized a bike event that would start in Harrisonburg, VA (Rock Town) and end in Roanoke, VA (Star City) dubbed The Rockstar. […]

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PLAY Roanoke Hosts Carvins Cove’s First Gravel Race: Happy Valley Grit

Happy Valley Grit, the first gravel bike race to take place at Carvins Cove, is happening December 10. This is a great opportunity to try your hand at a local gravel race while catching killer […]

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GO Outside Festival Reaches New Heights in 2023

The 2023 Anthem GO Outside Festival filled the region with excitement for outdoor sports and community. After weathering the pandemic, challenges in the outdoor industry, and the move to a new location, Roanoke’s “best weekend […]

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Roanoke Outside Gift Guide 2023

“Shop local” is more than a catchy phrase. For the outdoor businesses in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, it is a way of life. Did you know that for every $100 spent at a local business $68 […]

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5 Questions with Jay Waide of Roanoke Angler, the Newest Fly Shop in the Roanoke Region

Picture this: you step into a cool stream, cast your reel into the glassy water, and let nature’s hums and chirps serenade you for a few hours. Sounds pretty amazing, right? This time of year […]

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