10 Best Children Books to Encourage Nature Study & Exploration

November 6, 2019

Spark a child’s imagination and curiosity about the natural world with these 10 great nature books and gift ideas. With modern technology, we now have unequalled access to more information about nature than ever thought possible, but knowing facts isn’t the same as understanding the living creature as a whole. 

Top 10 Gifts for Campers That They Can't Do Without

Have we learned a LOT. Over the last 18 months that we've been playing outside, we have learned a thing or two in our 21,000 miles traveled, 109 nights camped at 51 different campsites in all sorts of conditions. With 6 of us on the travel team, our goal from the beginning has been to keep our kit as simple and lean as possible so that it's easy to hit the road.

November 11, 2019
North Carolina
State Parks

Weekend Camping at Hanging Rock State Park

While a few millennia of erosion has leveled the once mighty Sauratown Mountains, time has done little to diminish their awe-inspiring beauty at Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina. Along with the better known and larger Appalachian range to the north and west, the isolated Sauratowns were once 20,000 ft tall, rivaling those found in the Rockies. Now, they are a regional treasure for a whole host of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and rock climbing.

November 6, 2019
Vermont
Guides

15 Best Places to See in Vermont

A whirlwind of 15 stops in America's 14th state that will give you a taste of the unique culture, rich history, and natural beauty of the grand state of Vermont. Prepare yourself to be captivated by this incredibly diverse state with 15 best places to visit and to wish you could call the Green Mountain State home.

October 20, 2019
Massachusetts
State Parks

Camping at New England's Horseneck Beach State Reservation, MA

Encompassing 600 acres of barrier beach and salt marsh –and a short two hour hop from Boston– Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Massachusetts offers a breezy two-mile shoreline for a relaxing coastal camping trip. The southwest exposure to Buzzard Bay makes for a rocky waterfront typical of the northeast, while the less common natural sand beach will make southerners feel right at home.

October 14, 2019
Tennessee
National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Cades Cove Campground

The first inhabitants, the Cherokees, called this mountain paradise "Shaconage" or "The place of the blue smoke." Haze from the abundant trees emitting volumes of water vapor into the air creates this famous smoke for which the Smokies are known and named.

July 23, 2019
North Carolina

Camping at Black Mountain Campground

November 4, 2016

Nestled at the base of Mount Mitchell and close to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, Black Mountain Campground in Pisgah National Forest serves as a great camping base to explore the area with plenty of on-site adventures.

Camping

7 Reasons Not to Camp and How I Overcame Them

February 19, 2019

I'll confess - I'm a huge Tolkien fan. In 'The Hobbit', Gandalf tries to persuade Bilbo to join an adventure. What's Bilbo's response? Rather similar to my initial thoughts about camping - "We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”

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