Archive for the ‘Paddling’ category

This weekend: Fall for the autumnal outdoors

What is there not to love about this time of year? Weekend temperatures across the state will range from the mid-70s at the coast to the low 60s in the mountains, fall is exhibiting varying degrees of color throughout, and the entire state will be under sunny skies. Great for a paddle, a hike, competitive mountain biking and more. Coast Our GetExploring! Greenville affiliate has the perfect idea for a…

Lake James: Emerging nexus of outdoor adventure

Scott Carpenter has a vision that may seem myopic at first. Hear him out, though, and your adventurous self can easily see what he’s talking about. Carpenter’s vision is this: Lake James, the 6,800-acre lake currently best known as the gateway to other adventurous places (Linville Gorge, Wilson Creek, the Pisgah National Forest) is the next Nantahala Outdoor Center, an all-encompassing outdoor playground that’s day-tripable from North Carolina’s major population…

This weekend: September is for State Parks

From paddling the Great Dismal Swamp to a morning hike to a mysterious hole to a mountain-top celebration, there’s a lot to in North Carolina’s State Parks this weekend. Coast The notion of paddling in a swamp is at once intriguing and slightly terrifying: People go into swamps and never come out, don’t they? Those would be the folks who go into the swamp without a guide. Imagine the Monday…

This weekend: Laboring on

Post Labor Day blues got a hold? Chase ‘em away on a standup paddleboard, in a kayak or on a trail. Coast Volleyball used to be the thing to do at the beach. And people still play volleyball, it’s just been supplanted as the thing to do. The new the? Standup paddleboarding (or SUP, as those in the know call it). The place to do the thing this weekend: the…

This weekend: A Labor of Fun

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer (technically, summer ends at 10:29 p.m. on Sept. 22). Either way, you don’t want to miss out on a weekend of fun, be it paddling after ‘gators at the coast or exploring the highest land east of South Dakota’s Black Hills. Coast It’s Labor Day weekend, so you’re probably kicking out a little early, right? Early enough to make it to…

Central NC: Take the hike & paddle challenge

A patch and knowing you’re helping to save more special places to explore. That’s what you get by completing the LandTrust for Central North Carolina’s just launched Hike & Paddle Challenge. Here’s how it works. If you aren’t already a member of the LandTrust for Central NC, you’ll need to join, by going here. Memberships can be had for as little as $25 a year, says associate director Crystal Cockman….

This weekend: GetExploring! GetVollying! GetCraggy!

Basically, get out and do something this weekend. No options is not an option. Coast Since moving to the state 22 years ago, we’ve been especially intrigued by the opportunities for adventure in Eastern North Carolina. Unfortunately, our curiosity has not been matched by action. That’s about to change, though, as we launch a joint exploration project with Great Outdoor Provision Co.: GetExploring! Greenville. The program’s goal is to help…

GetExploring! Greenville: discover down east

One of the first paddle trips I took east of I-95 after arriving in North Carolina in the early 1990s was to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. I’d driven past the 154,000-acre lowland several times on my way to the Outer Banks, but for some reason never thought to bring a boat. Then I saw that the refuge was leading weekly paddle trips, so I signed up. As we…

This weekend: Rental fun, hoop dreams, swamped on high

Not crazy about being tied to a schedule? Rent an adventure according to your schedule at the coast. Wondering if you could replace LeBron in Miami? See if you’ve still got game in Charlotte. And if you’re in the mountains and think you have to travel afar for a swamp adventure, think again. Coast Today’s suggestion isn’t an event; rather, an opportunity. New adventures can be had up and down…

This weekend: Hot, dry fun

The weather appears cooperative this weekend for a variety of pursuits, from stargazing to paddling to pedaling. Coast Among the coastal plains numerous outdoors attributes: less light pollution. That’s especially groovy if you like stargazing. If you’re not sure you like stargazing, find out Saturday evening at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park when park rangers encourage you to spread out on a blanket and learn the constellations and others…