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Torrent Falls is located in a natural sandstone amphitheater.

Torrent Falls, KY

By Mary Reed, photos by Attila Horvath

So you want to be a rock climber but have no skills and no gear? No problem.

Hiking the Knobstone Trail. Photo by Abby Laub.

Knobstone Trail, IN

By Abby Laub

Often described as Indiana's Appalachian Trail, the craggy Knobstone Trail has its own set of charms.

Boofing at Cucumber Rapids. Photos by Mary Reed.

Youghiogheny River, PA

By Mary Reed

You don’t get too many chances at DIY whitewater rafting, and even fewer on a river as fine as southwestern Pennsylvania’s Yough (that’s ‘yawk’ in local parlance), a.k.a.

Bloodroot along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Photo by Mary Reed.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, OH

By Mary Reed

Take time this spring to stop and smell the flowers, literally, along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, a nearly 20-mile paved path that links Athens and Nelsonville, making its way through the Wayne Nat

The turtle blaze marks the Sheltowee Trace Trail. Photo by Mary Reed.

Sheltowee Trace Trail, KY

By Mary Reed

If you want to get to know Kentucky, the natural Kentucky of Daniel Boone’s day – that of arches, waterfalls, deep forest and wildlife – take a hike on the 280-mile Sheltowee Trace Trail, which

Riding near Camp 70 Road, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV

By Mary Reed, photos by Attila Horvath

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is managed for its plant and animal community – after all, that’s why it’s a wildlife refuge.

Late afternoon on Little Beaver Creek.

Little Beaver Creek, OH

By Mary Reed, photos by Attila Horvath

Dip your paddle into Little Beaver Creek and learn what a Wild and Scenic designation means. Add in easy canoe camping and you’ve got a good spring day or two on the river.

At a cave entrance. Photos by Attila Horvath.

Carter Caves, KY

By Mary Reed, photos by Attila Horvath

Eastern Kentucky’s Carter Caves State Resort Park is a twofer: a quality below-ground and above-ground destination all in one.

Cross-country skiing along the Highland Scenic Highway. Photo by Attila Horvath.

Highland Scenic Highway, WV

By Mary Reed

Ever dream of closing the roads to motorists to allow for car-free outdoor adventure?

On the popular tubing slope at Boyce Park. Photos courtesy Boyce Park.

Boyce Park, PA

By Jon Ebel

At first glance, Boyce Park seems like your average county park with tennis courts, an archery range and a wave pool.

Airboarding at Canaan Valley Resort. Photo courtesy Canaan Valley Resort.

Canaan Valley Resort, WV

By Mary Reed

Hit the slopes at Canaan Valley Resort and enjoy the view of the East’s biggest alpine valley (13 by 3 miles), nestled at 3,200 feet, with surrounding mountains rising above 4,200 feet.

Old Man's Cave Lower Falls. Photo by Attila Horvath.

Hocking Hills State Park, OH

By Mary Reed

Hocking Hills State Park, home to the famous Old Man’s Cave, is truly a four-season destination, but the 2.5 million annual visitors mostly come in a summer crush.

Cross-country skiing at Elk River Touring Center.

Elk River Touring Center, WV

By Mary Reed, photos by Attila Horvath

Glide into your next winter adventure at Elk River Touring Center, a cross-country ski destination that has that rare combination of top-end outdoor adventure access, quality infrastructure and afford

Hike! Photo courtesy Husky Power Dogsledding.

Husky Power Dogsledding, MD

By Mary Reed

Live out your Iditarod dreams without leaving the Ohio Valley by heading over to Husky Power Dogsledding near Deep Creek Lake, MD, where you can get a chance to run a team of eager dogs through 600-pl