Past Places

New Smyrna Beach: Art & Artist Enclave (Fall 2016)

Charleston's Most Unique Low Country Dishes (Fall 2016)

Grab a Life Vest, Helmet, and a Paddle (Fall 2016)

Upcoming Exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Fall 2016)

The Ultimate Staycay? A Homegrown Mediterranean Get-Away (Fall 2015)

Eight Uniquely Charlotte Experiences (Fall 2015)

Hitting the High Notes of Macon's Music Scene (Fall 2015)

Florida's North Peninsula (Fall 2015)

12 Reasons to Visit Huntsville, Alabama (Fall 2015)

Alabama's Captivating Capital (Fall 2014)

Exploring South Carolina Old 96 District (Spring 2014)

Weekend Getaway to Lake Charles, La. (Spring 2014)

Exploring Northwest Florida's Natural Side (Spring 2014)

Discovering the Lake Oconee Area (Fall 2013)

Cumberland Island National Seashore (Fall 2013)

The Best of Today's Waterpark Rides (Summer 2013)


Have a Southern Houseboat House Party (Spring 2013)

Take Flight: Yes, You CAN Get a Pilot’s License (Spring 2013)

Discovering Hollywood's Backlot (Fall 2012)

Color-Fall Tennessee (Fall 2012)

NASCAR 2012: Upcoming Events Around the South (Summer 2012)

RVacations (Summer 2012)

People Go Wild for Glamping (Summer 2012)

Best Beaches for Beach Bums (Summer 2012)

Heirloom Gardens (Spring 2012)

Unforgettable Experiences Await You at Select Registry Inns in the South (Winter 2011)

Golf with a Southern Drawl (Fall 2011)

Bring Rover on Over - Hotels That Want to Pamper Your Pooch (Fall 2011)

Cabana Mania! (Summer 2011)

Time to Plan for Summer Sleepaway Camps (Spring 2011)

He Said Golf, She Said Spa (Spring 2011)

Edu-Vacation Destination: Charleston, S.C. (Spring 2011)

Getting Your Adventure on in the Mountains (Spring 2011)

Freeze Action (Winter 2010)

No Ordinary Love (Winter 2010)

Spa Spectacular: The Natural Choice (Winter 2010)

Freestyle Mountain Adventures (Winter 2010)

Getting Your Adventure on in the Mountains

Ah, the mountains in the South. Beautiful, majestic and scenic – the mountains are a popular destination for many travelers year around.

And it's especially popular for those who want an added dose of adrenaline during their getaway.

So, in addition to extreme hiking,  if you're looking for some heart-thumping, push-yourself-to-the-limit activities in a breathtaking backdrop, look no further than the mountains.

Zip: Growing in popularity, almost nearly anywhere you visit these days, you aren't far from a zip line tour. However, there's something unique/special/different about the tour when done in the mountains. For instance, the Foxfire Scenic Canopy Zip Line tour in Seiverville, Tenn., features a 1,500' zip, which allows itself to says it's the longest and highest tour. If you're heart isn't racing as you glide by, you might need to have it checked out. You can enjoy the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Navitat Canopy Adventures. Located about 20 minutes Asheville, N.C., their zip line tour includes 10 lines, ranging in length, two suspended sky bridges and more. If you're looking for the ultimate adventure, try the course at night. While the views are nice along the Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tour at Wildwater Adventures in Long Creek, S.C., watch out for the water. The tour ends with two dramatic lines over Academy Lake. Dubbed the “double martini lines,” one leaves you high and dry, and the other low and (possibly) wet. Which one is which? That's up to you to find out.

Climb:  There's some good; no, make that greatclimbing opportunities in the South. Experience climbers need to check out Chattanooga, Tenn., for a challenge or two. In Kentucky, the Red River Gorge is waiting to be scaled by adventurers. You don't have to go by yourself, there's two outfitters that offer guided climbs. If you're interested in guided rock tours in the further South, Granite Arches offers guided tours in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va., offers a climbing program that might interest those who have rock climbing on their bucket list, but have not made in significant moves to try it.

Paddle: Get thee to the water and be prepared to get wet while having fun. It can be exhilarating as you dip your paddle into the rapids when you take on the Ocoee River in Blue Ridge, Ga., or the “wild and scenic” Chattooga in Upcountry S.C. There's the Big Pigeon River near Gatlinburg, Tenn., waiting for you to tame it. Ditto for Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area or Cumberland Falls in Sterns and Corbin, Ky., respectively. Enjoy kayaking? Step it up a bit as you go whitewater kayaking along the Cheoah River in Graham County, N.C. 

Ride: If your adventure motto is, “got bike, will ride trails,” then you'll in luck, because there are trails and more trails to ride on. The hardest decision you'll have to face is deciding when and where you want to go.

As you can see, the many adventures await you in the mountains. Go make some memories and bring back stories to tell.