Four Long-Distance Trails in The Great Trails State

Four Long-Distance Trails in The Great Trails State

Exploring North Carolina's Long-Distance Trails... North Carolina boasts a diverse landscape, from the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the shores of the Outer Banks. Among its natural wonders are its long-distance trails, offering adventurers a chance to immerse...

The Future of Trail Development in North Carolina

The Future of Trail Development in North Carolina

The evolution of intentional trail design has progressed over the years and there are many people in NC on the cutting edge of trail development. Chuck Flink gives a glimpse into the future of trail development in NC.

Trails, Triumphs, and Teaching: The Journey of Benjy “Doc” Brown on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Trails, Triumphs, and Teaching: The Journey of Benjy “Doc” Brown on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Benjy “Doc” Brown is not just a lifelong resident but also an ardent adventurer. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) caught Benjy’s attention in 2018. Driven by passion and determination, he decided to section hike the entire 1,175-mile trail (hiking it piece by piece as time allows), and by May 2020, Brown had achieved his ambitious goal on the section near Kinston, NC. We had the opportunity to catch up with Benjy – read along to learn more about his inspiring journey.

The 3 1/2 Year (and Counting) Streak

The 3 1/2 Year (and Counting) Streak

Is it possible to accidentally have a 3-1/2-year streak of daily outdoor exercise? Well, it’s complicated…follow along as Jeff Rezeli recounts firsthand how his wife has consistently made it outside every single day for what’s soon to be four years amidst challenging conditions that involved a whole lot more than just inclement weather.

A Testament of Resilience and Adaptation on the Trail

A Testament of Resilience and Adaptation on the Trail

For everyone, a trail adventure begins with a decision, a commitment to step into nature and embrace the journey ahead. Mary’s initial commitment to the MST ignited a flame of passion and connection to the trail that would prove unyielding in the face of obstacles and challenges. Follow along as Mary tells her incredibly inspiring story.

Putting Love for the Outdoors to Test: Every Day on a Trail

Putting Love for the Outdoors to Test: Every Day on a Trail

When The Great Trails State Coalition announced 2023 would be the Year of the Trail, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to put my love of the outdoors to the test. Now at the age of forty-two, I also needed a new challenge. My goal became to simply be on some kind of trail every day in 2023; which is, turns out, about as useful as a sticky note that urges a seventeen-year-old to win a state basketball championship alone…

Taking Learning Outdoors: Merrick-Moore Elementary

Taking Learning Outdoors: Merrick-Moore Elementary

In an era where technology often dominates educational discourse, Merrick-Moore Elementary in Durham Public Schools (DPS) is offering a distinctive approach centered around outdoor education. At the forefront of this initiative is Stephen Mullaney, a teacher with a deep appreciation for the outdoors, who champions the idea that nature can be an enriching educational tool.

Tails and Trails: Montgomery County’s Hiking Hope for Shelter Dogs

Tails and Trails: Montgomery County’s Hiking Hope for Shelter Dogs

Montgomery County, home to the majority of this beautiful forest, thrives as a scenic jewel in central NC. While it offers a diverse range of forest activities, the county faces challenges due to its sparse population and limited resources. This is particularly evident in the realm of animal care, where the local shelter continuously seeks ways to enrich the lives of its many cats and dogs awaiting adoption.