Carolina Outfitters loves to be outdoors doing everything from white water rafting on the Nantahala River and Ocoee River to hiking the Appalachian Trail and many others in the Nantahala National Forest and the Cherokee National Forest. Today we would like to share our 10 favorite outdoor blogs.
Happy reading, and be sure to come back to Carolina Outfitters to
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Carolina Outdoors Blog

It covers everything from camping, hiking, parks and forests to the coastal outdoors. They offer information on hiking trails and parks that are closed for a short time due to maintenance or weather. Carolina Outdoors is a wealth of information for any outdoor enthusiast, covering national parks all across North Carolina. 

Outdoor Adventure Blog

This is out of Brevard, a bit northwest of Bryson City, North Carolina, and they offer tips on beginning hiking, summer camps, outdoor destinations, and even outdoor music festivals. Their blog on waterfalls, with pictures, in the Dupont Forest is breathtaking. 

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NC Outdoor Adventures

They mainly blog about what they have to offer customers, which ranges from paddling and kayaking to waterfall rappelling. One of the most popular adventures is the Spider Lily Kayaking trips. These lilies only bloom from May to June on the Catawba River in South Carolina, and they are the largest concentration of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies in the world. 

nantahala national forest waterfall

Off the Eaten Path

This is the ultimate travel guide for the state of North Carolina. It posts about where to go, where to stay, where to eat, and all the adventures in between, you can handle. They also list Bryson City as the best getaway destination for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers.

Frugal Backpacker

It hasn’t posted anything new since January of 2020, but they offer a lot of information on hiking and camping gear, plus gear for all your outdoor needs, at the best prices. 


NCDNCR blog encourages you to get outdoors and explore the great state of North Carolina. From the mountains to the ocean, North Carolina offers an abundance of outdoor adventures. Make this the year you spend more time outdoors than indoors. The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources blog will guide you in whatever endeavor you choose.

Outdoor Blog

It offers a host of information and tips on camping and outdoor life in general. Their blog covers hiking, camping, paddling, and other adventures from Canada down to the Florida swamp lands where you can paddle with the alligators–if you dare! 

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They set out to spread knowledge about outdoor life and they’ve delivered. This is the go-to place for outdoor advice and buying guides. They cover camping gear, hiking gear, paddling gear, and so much more. Advice covers many topics such as thru hiking, camping, climbing and snow adventures.

REI Uncommon Path Blog

REI is a gear retailer that covers subjects such as news & features, gear, how to, and co-op cinema. Their Nature Heals section offers stories about how nature can heal your mind, body, and soul.


They are also a gear and clothing retailer that offers stories and advice on hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, paddling, and others, even yoga. Read about a new adventure and pick up the gear to go with it at

duckies nantahala river

Whatever your outdoor pleasure is, Our 10 Favorite Outdoor Blogs offer a lot of knowledge and places to go to have an adventure of a lifetime. Get out there. Live in the moment. Soak up the sun. Above all else, have a blast!
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