Adventure Outdoors - Winter 2020

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Winter 2020

WINTER HUNTING

DESTINATIONS

TRACK YOUR GAME WITH EASE ON ANY EXPEDITION

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CAMPING IN THE COLD:

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: IN THIS ISSUE

Americas Parks From Glaciers to Hot Springs Explore these beautiful winter national parks.

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40 COVER STORY The Duke of Ducks Learn more about Willie Robertson, leader of the Duck Dynasty empire, and his favorite winter hunting spots.

28 HERITAGE & CULTURE

34 CAMPING

38 SALUTE THE TROOPS

The Gold Rush Join us in a look backward at the 1848 discovery that shaped America for centuries to come.

Camping in the Cold: Top Tips Stay warm in the harshest of climates with our tips.

Holiday Troop Traditions Celebrate this season alongside our brave soldiers.


Fish • Camp • Hike • Bike • Climb • Fetch • Enjoy

PLAN YOUR STAY TODAY


: IN THIS ISSUE 44 GOING OFF-ROAD RV Friendly Check out these spots you can go RVing in during the coldest winter months.

50 HEALTHY IN 2020 Safe Travels Tips and tricks for stress-free traveling during COVID-19.

52 OUTDOOR EXPEDITIONS 54 Land: Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snowmobiling Strap a board to your feet or hop on a hot rod and zoom down a mountain at these perfect spots. 70 Water: Polar Bear Plunge Test your mettle and dive into freezing waters!

72 SURVIVAL & SAFETY Winter Safety Stay safe this year and avoid getting caught in these natural winter disasters.

74 FISHING 76 Ice Fishing Discover how much you can catch through a hole in the ice. 78 Top Winter Fishing Spots The best catches of the season. 80 Early Spring Fishing Holes Gear up for Spring and plan an adventure to these great spots.

84 HUNTING Winter Hunting Destinations Track your game with ease across one of these spectacular destinations.

88 TRAVEL & EXCURSIONS Hot Winter Destinations Warm up with these spots in the winter.


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he Adventure Outdoors team and DavidJacobs Publishing Group are proud to present to you this winter issue of Adventure Outdoors Magazine. There is nothing better than exploring the world when the air is clear and crisp, the trees sparkle with snow, and the less adventurous populace are hiding away in their homes. We think you’ll find this edition to be the ultimate guide to making the most of your time outside this winter. In this issue, you will get the chance to learn about national parks across America, full of natural beauty and wonder. You’ll gain an understanding about how to camp safely when it’s cold out. You’ll read about the heartwarming holiday traditions of our fine military folk. There are so many great things packed into this issue, from activities to tips, and everything in between. So, no matter what you’re looking for, you won’t put this issue down without finding it. Bundle up in your warmest jacket and get ready to explore the world like you’ve never seen it before. Adventure Outdoors encompasses all that we love about the outdoors. From extreme sports, like diving or offroading, to fun that the entire family can enjoy, we consistently strive to bring you the most exciting content we can find to ensure that your next adventure is your best one yet. Grab your gear and get moving – adventure is waiting!

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:OSWEGO COUNTY, NY

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utdoor adventurers who love the snow are drawn from all over the U.S. to Winona State Forest on the western edge of New York State’s Tug Hill Plateau, where skiers, snowmobilers, fat bikers, mushers and snowshoe hikers can explore 9,233 acres of pristine wilderness. During the 30s and 40s, this sprawling section of former farmland in northern Oswego and southern Jefferson counties was reforested by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today Winona Forest contains more than 31 miles of cross-country ski trails, 8.7 miles of snowmobile trails, 9 miles of forest roads, and three parking areas -- All on public land with no admission charged. “Winona Forest is home to more than 50 miles of groomed, track set trails, glades, woods and scenic views. Our trail grooming system and volunteer groomers create an optimal experience for not only skiers, but snowshoe hikers and runners, snowmobile enthusiasts, and mushers,” said Matt Westerlund, president of Winona Forest Recreation Association. “Very few places across the US offer ‘resort quality’ Nordic ski trails that span across nearly 10,000 acres of state forest.” The growth of winter biking (“fat biking”) is clearly visible when visiting Winona’s winter trails. Winona has become the “mecca” of fat biking, often hosting upwards of 100 riders on a given winter day. Miles of single-track trails have been added in recent years and will continue to be.

In addition to traditional winter activities, Winona is used for hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching and horseback riding. Nearly two miles of forest access roads are open to all-terrain vehicles and connect to other ATV trails. Members of the Winona Forest Recreation Association, under a volunteer stewardship agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, spend hundreds of hours annually maintaining trails and facilities. Users become members to help with the maintenance costs. As a result, Winona has become of New York State's premiere outdoor recreation venues. The association has organized events to suit all interests and skills, including the legendary Tug Hill Tourathon cross-country ski races, snowshoe, fat tire bike, trail running, and sled dog competitions. The group recently received grant funds to rehabilitate trails used during non-winter months for hiking, mountain biking and trail running. “Multi-use trails, bountiful snow, uncrowded terrain and long winter seasons have attracted skiers, snowmobilers and mushers from great distances, for decades,” said Westerlund. “We invite you to enjoy the fruits of our volunteers' work and the wonderful nuances of nature during our long and beautiful winter seasons.” Getting there: Winona State Forest is about 70 minutes north of Syracuse and the Syracuse International Airport and is easily accessible by travelling Interstate-81. Local highways are well-maintained by experienced snow removal crews. Oswego County Visitor Info: www.visitoswegocounty.com 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) Lodging: visitoswegocounty.com/food-lodging/accommodations/ Dining: visitoswegocounty.com/food-lodging/dining-night-life/ Trail maps: dec.ny.gov/lands/8072.html; http://www.winonaforest.com/


:PARK COUNTY, WY

WINTER ADVENTURES MAKE FOR LIFELONG STORIES.

Picture this: you’re in a perfectly untouched stretch of snowfall, blanketed across a desolate, wooded forest. White mountains form a background so serene it looks painted. It’s silent, albeit the faintest crunching of an animal tracking through the snow. You turn around and find yourself being watched by a two thousand-pound bison. It’s the kind of experience that sticks with you, one you’ll relive over and over again, each time you tell the story of that incredible day near Cody, Wyoming. If you’re ready for the winter adventure of a lifetime, we’re ready to help you plan it.


Experience Yellowstone like you’ve never seen it before. Get ready to enjoy Yellowstone National Park, (almost) all to yourself. Our quiet winter months are the perfect time to rest, relax, and see far more animals than people. Make sure to stay at the newly renovated Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, and check out the iconic hot springs nearby. It is the only overnight lodging inside the park. From here, you can tour through Old Faithful, Norris Geyser Basin, Lamar Valley, and more. Plus, you might just experience some incredible wildlife watching right from your bedroom window.

In the mood for a climate-controlled adventure? Don’t miss the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Dubbed the Smithsonian of the West, these five museums are filled with Western wonders. Be amazed by the timeless works of Remington and Russel at the Whitney Western Art Museum. You’ll travel back in time to experience the life of Plains Indians and the colorful stories of Buffalo Bill that shaped the American West. And while you’re at it, check out the newly renovated Cody Firearms Museum. It’s home to one of the largest collections of firearms in the world. Now that’s some serious firepower.

Hit the slopes. Or the snowshoes. The Sleeping Giant awakens this winter for spacious, all-levels downhill skiing. With everything from family-friendly green runs to expert-tested double blacks and a terrain park, you’ll be getting every penny’s worth out of the incredibly affordable day pass. If you’re looking for some quiet solitude and winter wildlife, try the Nordic way with cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Our 30+ miles of groomed trails are teeming with wildlife, so stay eagle-eyed! Bundle up and hold on tight. If world-class adventure is more your speed, look no further than Cody. Here, you can conquer one of America’s greatest ice-climbing destinations. The frozen waterfalls in Cody’s South Fork area attract some of the best climbers in the world. Local guides can bring beginners into the wild community of ice climbing. But be ready: this excursion isn’t for the faint of heart. Watchers are welcome too, if you’re not quite ready for the ice axes.

End each day at any one of the comfortable lodges, hotels, bars or restaurants in downtown Cody. If you like history, Buffalo Bill’s historic Irma Hotel bar has to be on your list. It’s the perfect place to enjoy authentic Western hospitality while you have dinner or a drink in the establishment founded by Buffalo Bill himself. Plan your wide-open winter adventure at CodyYellowstone.org.

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ki slopes and frozen lakes aren’t the only way to enjoy the outdoors this winter! All across this great and environmentally diverse country of ours, there are scores of national parks that only get better when the days get shorter and the temperature drops. Spend some time exploring nature this winter at one of these great spots, and soon you’ll wonder why you ever considered otherwise.

Hot Springs National Park ARKANSAS

Sick of the cold and looking for a way to really warm up? How about a national park with pools of water reaching temperatures of over 140 degrees? Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas is ready to welcome you with open arms. Now, you’re not actually allowed or encouraged to bathe in the hot spring, since the temperatures are too high for humans, but there is a bathhouse in the park where you can safely bathe in the spring water and wash those winter blues away. Once you’re done soaking, explore the park! You can drive the scenic routes available, hike the trails, camp along the creek, tour the historic bathhouses, and soak up the beautiful scenes all around you.

Joshua Tree National Park CALIFORNIA

The best time to visit a desert is in the winter. Temperatures during the day do not dip too low for comfort, often reaching highs of 60 degrees. Crisp and cold air at night means clear skies for star viewing and perfect cozy camping weather. Joshua Tree National Park lets you explore the winter wilderness in a place full of evergreen trees and sprawling patches of cacti. Over 8,000 climbing routes and 2,000 boulder problems give even the most experienced climber a fresh challenge to experience, and 300 miles of hiking trails give you plenty of room to get away from it all. With birds to spot, stars to gaze, and trails to explore, Joshua Tree National Park is a perfect winter getaway.


Glacier National Park M O N TA N A

Come for the incredible glaciers, stay for the miles of hiking trails and pristine lakes, as well as the jaw-dropping vistas and views. This park might be named after the beautiful masses of ice that have tucked themselves into its nooks and crannies, but it has so much more to offer. Bring a tent and a backpack full of supplies for some picturesque backcountry camping. Hop on a horse and follow a guide as they lead you along trails you may not have even known existed. Fishing, boating, and cross-country skiing are also available to the intrepid adventurer. Imagine casting your line out onto a glass-smooth lake, with stark mountains rising up all around you. Montana is truly for lovers of rugged beauty, and Glacier National Park is one of the best places.

Once you’re done soaking, explore the park! You can drive the scenic routes available, hike the trails, camp along the creek, tour the historic bathhouses, and soak up the beautiful scenes all around you. Must-Haves For Winter National Park Adventures

When adventuring in winter, it’s important to have the right clothing and supplies with you to stay safe and have a fantastic time! When planning your next national park trip, consider adding the following to your packing list: • A decent pair of winter hiking boots. Even if you’re not hiking, your feet will thank you for the warmth and the support. • Layered warm clothing. Be ready for anything with a series of layers – undershirt, shirt, long sleeved sweatshirt, heavy jacket, et cetera. Dress up or down as necessary. • Navigational tools. Don’t just rely on your cell phone – service can be spotty. Bring a map and a compass you know how to use as a backup. • Water and food. Always bring water, no matter how long your trip is, and proteinrich snacks to replenish your energy. • Small trash bag. Leave the park nicer than you found it! • Cell phone. Don’t forget your ability to contact the outside world. • Camera. Remember your adventure forever.

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Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting America’s Parks

When exploring one of our many beautiful national parks, there are some rules and guidelines you should follow in every single one to make the most of the experience, both for you and for the people around you. We have outlined a few helpful do’s and don’ts for your next visit, so you can have fun without worrying about whether or not you’re doing the right thing! DO:

Respect the wildlife. When you’re out in nature, you are likely to be in the presence of local wildlife. Sometime these animals are small and cute, like otters or armadillos! Sometimes these animals are large and menacing, like bears or bobcats. No matter the size or lethality of the animals you encounter, give them plenty of respect and plenty of space. You’re in their house, so don’t bother them and you should be able to coexist peacefully. Be sure to check local guidelines and plan accordingly! Stay in the designated areas. Most parks are huge, sprawling parcels of land with miles upon miles of path to explore. However, there will always be a few places that are off-limits to foot traffic and automobile traffic. Respect these boundaries! By trespassing where visitors don’t belong, you run the risk of disturbing delicate plant life or animal burrows, as well as getting in the way of park rangers just trying to do their jobs.

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Leave nothing but footprints. No one wants to see a beef jerky wrapper or a soda can discarded in the middle of an otherwise pristine trail. Pick up your trash and dispose of it in a garbage can, or keep it in your bag until you get home. This goes double for campsites – don’t burn trash in the fire pit and just leave it there for the next guest. DON’T:

Litter. We covered this earlier, but it’s important enough to say twice. Don’t litter! Leaving trash on the ground is not only aesthetically displeasing, but dangerous to local flor and fauna. Animals choke on plastic, plants absorb harmful chemicals, and it’s a bad time for everyone involved. Be smart and keep your trash to yourself. Be casual about your food. Don’t leave your supplies in easy reach of animals. Raccoons, bears, and other wildlife will not be shy about stealing sustenance from you. Keep food in proper containers and tucked away in your backpack or hang it in a tree, to keep paws and claws away from your snacks. Take home souvenirs. When walking through a park, you might see a gorgeous flower sitting by the trail just begging to be picked. Or perhaps you kick over a small rock and reveal the fossilized imprint of a trilobite. No matter how beautiful or cool your discovery is, leave it in the park where it belongs. Just like it makes you happy, it will make other visitors just as happy. Take nothing but pictures.


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:MARTINSBURG-BERKELEY, WV

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nd "Get to the Heart" of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV, where small-town meets big adventure. Berkeley County offers the ultimate outdoor experience, from our rugged hiking paths to the scenic nature paths, public parks, fishing streams, and nature preserves. Lose yourself in the area's fantastic Fall scenery along the numerous hiking, walking, and biking trails. Whether you want your outdoor adventure to span days or hours, you'll never grow bored of the area's extensive nature trails, catering to everyone from amateurs to hiking experts.

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Adventurers can explore the 23,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area that contains extensive hiking, camping, fishing, and boating opportunities. The Route 9 walking and biking trail stretches between Martinsburg and the Charles Town/Ranson area and offers users wide-open views and diverse terrain from flat land to sloping hills. Do not forget to pack your lure and fishing rod along with your hiking boots and bike helmet. Sleepy Creek Lake, a 205-acre impoundment, provides trophy bass, crappie, and northern pike, and there might even be an opportunity for fantastic ice fishing during the winter months. You can also fish from any of the public access streams flowing throughout the county. If observing nature is more your style, Berkeley County has two nature preserves that house a wide variety of birds and plants. Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve and the Yankauer Nature Preserve each offer easy walking trails that allow for uninhibited observation. Cap off your outdoor adventure in Berkeley County with a well-earned victory with a delicious meal in Martinsburg's diverse downtown food scene. If you are here for the weekend, visit our local distillery—Black Draft Distillery. And before you leave, enjoy the eclectic shopping throughout our downtown corridor. Change your view from the office window to the beautiful scenery of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV. Plan your custom vacation and outdoor adventures today at TravelWV.com.



:SOCORRO, NM

NMT offers excellent engineering and science degree programs to its students, and also houses the New Mexico Tech Mineral Museum, which is thought by many to be the “great treasure trove of the southwest.” The Mineral Museum opened in 1889, at the same time as the rest of the university. Just south of Socorro is the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located on more than 57,000 acres and hosts its yearly “Festival of the Cranes” event in November. The Refuge has a visitor center, walking and hiking trails, and a driving tour with plenty of opportunities to see the area’s abundant wildlife.

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Socorro got its name in 1598 from explorer Juan de Oñate, whose tired and hungry men were given food and shelter by the Piros. Oñate renamed the Piro pueblo “Socorro,” which means “help” in Spanish. Also in 1598, the San Miguel Mission (one of the oldest churches in the country) was founded. When New Mexico became a U.S. territory in 1848, the region saw some relief as the military established a series of forts for protection. In Socorro County, the Army established Fort Conrad in 1851, and then later relocated to the newly-built Fort Craig in 1854. In 1889, Socorro, with her mines, mills and smelters, became the center of mining activity. As a result, the government’s new School of Mines (now New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology), opened in Socorro in 1893.

Trinity Site, located on White Sands Missile Range, is the location of the first nuclear bomb detonation, which took place on July 16, 1945. Trinity Site is open twice yearly, in April and October, for public visits.


The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, simply known as the “VLA,” is one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories. The new City of Socorro Rodeo and Sports Complex features a covered rodeo arena, an outdoor practice arena, 98 horse stalls, a 2mile walking/running trail, a 50 space RV park, 4 regulation-sized soccer fields, and a 5k cross-country track.

Socorro’s rich and diverse history has contributed to the city it is today. With its friendly spirit, incredible bird-watching opportunities, world-class science and technology developments, fascinating cultural attractions, and year-round outdoor recreation, Socorro offers everyone something to love. For more information please visit www.socorronm.org.




:WHITE PINE COUNTY AND ELY, NV

WINTER IN WHITE PINE COUNTY

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is where frosty weather and excitement meet. The region lends itself to this time of year by all that there is to do. With our mountain ranges, expansive trails, and gorgeous landscapes blanketed with snow, there is no better place for a breath of fresh air. Your gateway and hub to all of this is the town of Ely. Here, you’ll find small doses of all that White Pine has to offer, but in jaw-dropping fashion: big mountains, small town values, and the best outdoor recreation in the state. Ely and the surrounding areas are curated to whatever is your winter equipment of choice, from fat bikes and skis, to ice fishing and snowmobiles.

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But it’s not just the weather that makes for one of the most exciting times of the year. We are also packed with open and safe events that make every winter memorable. Festival of Trees is an annual holiday event during the first week of December. This is the beginning of Ely in the eyes of Christmas, and the spectacle of our Christmas Tree Lighting is a clear indicator of what’s in store for the coming months. Once the new year begins, we have the Bristlecone Birkebeiner, a multi-sport event at Ward Mountain Recreation Area. Race in the event with either your cross-country skis, snowshoes, or fat bikes. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to get your practice in on any one of our many trails before, just for good measure. Happening the same weekend is our Fire and Ice Winter Festival, a complete celebration of White Pine County in the winter months.


Happening the same weekend is our Fire and Ice Winter Festival, a complete celebration of White Pine County in the winter months.

The community-wide festival includes multiple activities throughout the area for people of all ages, centered around sports, arts, food and drink, tournaments, live music and more. Not to mention, where else can you see fireworks being blasted off a moving steam train? Finishing off the month of January is the Rotary Ice Fishing Derby at Comins Lake. Of course, the lake is open the entire season for ice fishing, but it’s at this event that you may actually win some money by doing so. Lastly, the Ely Film Festival takes place in March, ending winter in White Pine County with a trip to the movies. Celebrating Ely’s rich film history, this annual event showcases cinematics filmed here over the years. Attendees have the chance to meet directors or crew and discuss presented films. Local and amateur directors are encouraged to submit their short films to be incorporated into the festival. All films are shown at the beautiful, historic Ely Central Theater. More info can be found by following us on social media and our website, ElyNevada.net.



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JANUARY 24, 1848. JAMES MARSHALL, A FOREMAN BUILDING A LUMBER MILL, FOUND SOME SHINY METAL IN THE WATER OF THE BUILDING SITE. HE BROUGHT IT TO HIS BOSS, JOHN SUTTER, AND THE TWO MEN TESTED IT.


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o their shock, they had discovered gold in California’s American River. Little did they know, they were standing at the forefront of seven wild and frantic years that would shape America’s history forever. Despite their desire to keep it secret, the discovery of gold was soon known all across the country. Adventurous and profit-seeking people came from as far away as the Hawaiian Islands and South America to strike it rich in the gold fields of California, Nevada, and other mineralrich regions. San Francisco became an important hub for the gold business, as a shipping port close to the fields. The population of San Francisco grew from 1,000 people in 1848 to 25,000 in 1850 – a growth that reflected throughout the rest of California and the American West. People traveling across the country led to exploration of untouched regions of the United States, and brought the West and the East into closer contact than ever before. The gold rush lasted for seven glorious years, finally settling down and petering out around 1855, but the long term effects are still felt today. The population boom and subsequent financial boom of the Gold Rush placed California on the global map. By attracting people from across the world, space was made for innovations and new ideas, which led to a huge technology boom. It was the need for reliable and inexpensive transport of both people and goods from West to East and back that led to the eventual implementation of the first Transcontinental Railroad in tThe Gold Rush had so many positive impacts on the nation and the culture, but it would be remiss to omit the terrible costs that Native Americans felt during this time. Mining runoff killed fish, poisoned water, and ruined habitats, which in turn led to starvation and disease in local populations. he 1860’s. Steamboat routes were developed from California to Panama, for a quicker sailing journey to the East Coast.

“THE POPULATION OF SAN FRANCISCO GREW FROM 1,000 PEOPLE IN 1848 TO 25,000 IN 1850...

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Vintage gas pumps in an old west goldrush ghost town of Bodie, California

Game and foraging food were also affected as settler population increased. Violent conflicts between the settlers and the Native Americans were bloody and massive – it’s estimated that upwards of 16,000 Californian Native Americans were killed by settlers and immigrants. It’s a terrible stain on an otherwise positive piece of history. You can still visit important Gold Rush sites today. The very site where James Marshall first discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill is now a historic park with outdoor exhibits, living history, gold panning lessons, and so much more. Interested in miners and seeing a miniature of a mining site? Come check out the El Dorado County Historical Museum, and ride an old railroad for the fun of it while you do. Explore the American River – whitewater rafting, kayaking, and so much more. Maybe you’ll spot some gold glittering in the riverbed! Any trip to California would be remiss without a trip to San Francisco. You can take a thorough tour of “Gold Rush City”, a neighborhood in San Fran full of history and knowledge. Also make sure you make time to visit the Wells Fargo Museum and explore their Gold Rush history.


:ST. LAWR E NC E C O U NT Y, N Y

Snowmobiling

ON NEW YORK’S NORTHERN BORDER

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and dreams of snowmobiling will soon become a reality. St Lawrence County in the Northwestern Adirondacks has some of the best groomed trails in the East, and with a lot less traffic that most other areas of New York. The county was also named number one of the best five places to ride in New York by Snowgoer Magazine this year. What better way to social distance than with a helmet on your head and over 700 miles of familyfriendly meticulously groomed trails to explore! Don’t miss the most sensational scenic vista from Little Blue Mountain where you can see the panoramic mountain view of Big Tupper and Whiteface.

On the Northern border of New York between Watertown, Lake Placid and Plattsburgh - is the place to get close to nature. Sprawling landscape, rural hamlets and crossroads, an extended winter and warm, friendly people make it ideal for snowmobiling. Heading south from the St. Lawrence River Valley, through open farm fields, rolling hills and snow-covered pines, you climb into the pristine Adirondack Mountain wilderness. No county has more to offer in terrain, scenery or destinations than St. Lawrence. The extensive trail system appeals to the weekend adventurer or provides connections to off-sled excursions and extending trail riding into surrounding trail networks. The east end of the county trail system connects to Franklin County, the Akwesasne Casino, and Canada. The west end of the county connects to Lewis County and Tug Hill, while the southern end of the county connects to Hamilton County and Old Forge. Getting out on St. Lawrence County trails is easy. Parking and access points are easily located in and around the small hamlets along the trail system, and are clearly marked on the Trail Map, as are services such as gas, food and lodging. A new interactive map on www.STLCtrails.com lets you plan your ride with ease.


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Trails, many of them former railroad beds and logging roads are groomed and maintained by ten very dedicated local snowmobile clubs across the county, under the umbrella of the St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association. Trails are open through the generosity of over 500 private landowners, state easements, timber companies and forest preserve. Some trails traverse active working forests and logging activities may be in practice. Check the St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association website at www.slcsa.com for an up-to date map, trail conditions and to learn where logging activities are occurring. Snowmobile events happen throughout the winter, so if it’s a celebration or a competition you’re seeking, this is the place for it. Or maybe you’d like to try some ice fishing or mountaintop and wildlife photography. The diversity here is amazing! Bring your buddies and your families and enjoy the best New York has to offer in St. Lawrence County, NY.


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Test and challenge yourself by camping outside your comfort zone, and explore winter camping. We have curated a list of tips and tricks to keep warm and explore the winter countryside in both style and safety, so read on to make planning your winter trip a breeze. > EQUIPMENT

Don’t get caught in the cold without anything to keep you warm! Huddling up in a poorly insulated sleeping bag with nothing but your own shivers to keep you warm does not sound like a fun time at all. Invest in an insulated foam sleeping pad,

to protect you against cold radiating up from the ground. A well-padded sleeping bag, a hot water bottle, and hand-warmers are all also excellent tools in your arsenal. A cozy pair of boot liners will also treat you well – store them in your sleeping bag overnight to avoid shoving your feet into freezing boots. Layer your clothing as well, so you can dress up or down as temperatures fluctuate, and you have more insulation against getting wet. Another trick to staying warm inside your tent is to insulate it and reduce the ambient space. Keep your stuff and any extra gear around the inside wall of the tent to help insulate it, like spray insulation inside a house wall. A mylar emergency blanket taped to your tent ceiling will also help keep you warm at night.


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When getting ready for your camping trip, remember the 6 P’s – proper prior planning prevents poor performance. There’s no such thing as too much research! Learn about the area you are going to be camping in. What is the local wildlife like? What can you expect from the weather? What sort of extreme weather changes are possible, and how do you deal with them? Will there be snow or ice? If you are going to be at all at risk for hypothermia, make sure you know the signs of this condition like the back of your hand. Another important step is have a way to contact the outside world for emergencies such as a satellite phone, and always tell someone your plan and when you expect to be back. If your family is expecting you back at 4 pm and you still haven’t shown by 7 pm, they can contact emergency services and pull you out of any potential scrapes.

As with most travel, location is everything. You shouldn’t pick a campsite by blindfolding yourself and throwing a dart at a wall map – again, do your research! What do you like to do while camping? If you like fishing, pick a campsite with a well-stocked lake or river. If hiking is more your style, find a site with trails you can explore all day. In the winter, you also have the opportunity for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Go where the fun is! When you settle on a campsite and find the perfect patch of land, prepare it by making sure it is flat and reasonably dry. Brush away as much snow as you can, and flatten out the ground if it’s got mounds of dirt or grass. Pitch your tent, build your fire, and get ready for a winter experience you’ll never forget.


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Did you know the US Air Force is responsible for the longest-running humanitarian airlift in the world? Begun in 1951 and still running today, this mission blesses the islands of Micronesia with everything from fishing nets to canned goods to toys and school supplies. The Air Force uses this mission to train new pilots as well, so two birds with one stone. Financed through donations and fundraises by the people of Guam, this is one tradition we hope never ends. To learn more: https://www.andersen.af.mil/ocd/


Toys for Tots is run by the US Marine Corps Reserve, and collects toys for children whose parents cannot afford Christmas gifts.

TOYS FO R TOTS This might be the most well-known holiday troop tradition in the United States. Toys for Tots is run by the US Marine Corps Reserve, and collects toys for children whose parents cannot afford Christmas gifts. First conceived of in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks, Toys for Tots started as a humble collection in Los Angeles and grew nationwide by the next year. This charitable endeavor has always been heartily endorsed by big celebrities and corporations – Walt Disney Studios designed the red train logo, and First Lady Michelle Obama placed the first Toys for Tots collection box ever in the White House. To learn more: https://www.toysfortots.org/

TRACKING SANTA If you have a child under the age of eight and you celebrate Christmas, you have probably heard of the NORAD Santa Tracker – an interactive map that lets you track Santa’s progress across the world in real-time. But did you know it started as a complete accident? In 1955 a department store printed the wrong phone number in a “Call and Talk to Santa” ad. The phone number rang the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center (to become NORAD three years later). Colonel Harry Shoup answered the phone, decided to play along with the child, and kept the game up as calls poured in. The next year the tradition codified and continued, and has been available to children ever since. To learn more: www.noradsanta.org/ during Christmas time, and https://www.norad.mil/ the rest of the year.



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He attended university and graduated with a degree in business, which he used to help grow Duck Commander into the multi-million dollar establishment it is today. He married his college sweetheart Korie, and together they have six children and are still happily married today. The whole family is involved in one way or another with the business – everyone from siblings to his wife to his kids. In 2012, Willie’s life took an unusual and very public turn when Duck Dynasty began airing on A&E. This down-toearth reality show follows the Robertson family as they live their lives and run their business.


Even though the show is over, Robertson is still living a successful life. He is the CEO of both Duck Commander, the duck call company, and a side company called Buck Commander, a company that sells accessories and gear for deer hunting. He still gives interviews and goes on television to state his opinions, and will occasionally contribute to Fox News. He is spending plenty of time with his wife and kids, and will be a proud grandfather in 2021. He has spent some time in the pulpit preaching his faith to the masses, and praises his Christian faith whenever he can.

He’s 48 years young and just getting started.

The focus on family, simplicity, and endearing personalities struck at the hearts of the common man, and the generally G-rated humor means that kids could watch alongside their parents without worry. The show itself ran for five years and eleven seasons, before releasing the final episode “End of an Era” in 2017. Being a family of strong people with strong opinions, the show itself was not without controversy, but despite some verbal missteps the family is doing well for itself – the Robertsons are still finding ways to ingratiate themselves to everyday Americans.

Robertson is a proud and talented hunter, just like the rest of his family. They have obviously done a bunch of duck hunting, as well as frogs and other small game. However, duck is not his favorite animal to hunt. That honor goes to the white tail deer, the animal that inspired Buck Commander in some way. He has hunted in his home state of Louisiana and all across the United States, including Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. Spending time with family and loved ones in a hunting blind or on the trail of game is one of his most dearly beloved pastimes, and not something he is going to give up any time soon.


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CHECK OUT THESE SPOTS YOU CAN GO RVING IN DURING THE COLDEST WINTER MONTHS. Travelling by RV is the best way to travel in style. The freedom of the open road, combined with the comfort and amenities of a quality camper, is not something you should miss out on. Don’t let the threat of cold weather or challenging terrain keep you from exploring the country this winter! There are still plenty of quality RV destinations to be had in the winter.

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Ohio is for lovers – especially lovers of the outdoors. Set your course for Hocking Hills State Park this winter, and bask in everything the beautiful town of Logan has to offer. With over 150 campsites offering electricity and able to accommodate up to a 50’ vehicle, RVs of all kinds are welcome here! The park also has hot showers, flushing toilets, a swimming pool, playgrounds and more available for campers. Hike through the park itself to catch amazing sights like frozen waterfalls or the ever-elusive owl. Play in the snow, explore the caves, and have the time of your life.

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Are you looking to avoid snow this winter? Drive down to Texas and set up camp at the Lazy L&L Campground in New Braunfels. They have a multitude of RV sites, some even with river access from your campsite. Some of their sites can even accommodate

rigs up to 85 feet long! Explore Central Texas, take a day trip to the Texas Winery Trail, float down the Guadalupe River, go fishing off the banks; there’s so much to do at the Lazy L&L, so take as much vacation time as you need.

AZ

POINT OF ROCKS RV CAMPGROUND

Arizona is one of the most striking and beautiful states in the West, with everything from staggering rock formations to acres of picturesque vineyards. A high point of this beauty is the Point of Rocks RV Campground, just outside Prescott. Settle in at your campsite and get ready for an adventure that is both gorgeous and relaxing. Take trip down their private trail through the Granite Dells for boulder hiking and incredible views. Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and explore Watson Lake. Hike or bike through peaceful trails, or test yourself on the rocky terrain. Any adventure lover is bound to find something perfect here!


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:LAWRENCE COUNTY, PA

It's all about the trails; Wine and Craft Beer, green and blue ways, Amish and Burger. Find your inner "trail" in Lawrence County among the many "off the wheel" experiences that await you. Stay overnight to relax and recharge next door to the 2nd largest old order Amish population in Pennsylvania. 1. One of a kind shopping Quaint shopping and independent boutiques bring retail therapy to life. Find that one of a kind gift in the villages and hamlets of Volant, New Wilmington, Wampum and Ellwood City.

4. Find the adventure you want! Hike through McConnells Mill where you will explore a covered bridge, gristmill, and the challenging Slippery Rock Creek. It has been said, McConnells Mill State Park is one of the most beautiful parks. The North Country National Scenic Trail IT'S ALL ABOUT THE runs through our state park but also through Wampum, a comTRAILS; WINE AND munity named the first trail town in Pennsylvania. Take the CRAFT BEER, GREEN fun underground at Mines and Meadows premier ATV park, or AND BLUE WAYS, bike a paved 12 mile ride on Stavich Bicycle Trail. AMISH AND BURGER.

2. Wine and Craft Beer Trail Sip and relax deep in the heart of PA’s scenic Amish countryside while experiencing the rural lifestyle at an indulgent pace. Guests will experience local craft breweries and wineries throughout Lawrence County. Some locations are equipped with playgrounds for kids.

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Burger Trail. Complete the challenge and win prizes. Are you up for the challenge? It’s Simply Delicious!

5. Amish Countryside The 2nd largest old order Amish community in Pennsylvania is in Lawrence County. Learn about their culture by using our drive yourself map which will take your past the nineteen Amish schoolhouses or numerous buggies with which you share the road. Opt for a more in-depth experience with a guided tour of homes, businesses and the simple life of the Amish Countryside.


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SAFE TRA VELS TIPS AND TRICKS FOR STRESS-FREE T R AV E L I N G D U R I N G COV I D -1 9

The world is looking brighter these days! So many people had to cancel travel plans, and now that restrictions are being lifted it’s time to kick those vacation plans into high gear! Even if the vacation you originally planned is no longer available, we have suggestions to make the most of this return to freedom – and tips on how to do it safely. Read on below for travel suggestions, tips on staying germ-free, and adventure ideas will kick up your heartrate and get your adrenaline pumping while still staying safe!


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>Strong Hygiene Practices Any time you put yourself amongst a large group of strangers, you are entering a germy environment. Avoid catching a cold, the flu, or anything worse from your fellow travelers by keeping up strong hygiene practices. Wash your hands often, don’t touch your face, give people personal space – all of these tips should be carried over into your travel routine. You should also consider your method of travel. Traveling by airplane is quick and easy, but puts you in close proximity with your fellow passengers. Trains and buses are also crowded places, but at least you have more opportunity to move around. With these travel methods, risk can be mitigated but it is more difficult. Traveling the country by RV is relaxing, lets you enjoy the beautiful scenery, and keeps you away from other people while still getting you where you need to go. If you do travel by airplane, consider a few easy steps to help keep you safe. Invest in a washable luggage cover, so that anyone who comes in contact with your suitcase will not be touching your things with their bare hands. Strip it off when you get to your hotel and have it washed, ready for your return trip. Also bring an empty reusable cup to refill at water fountains once you’re past security. No need to buy expensive bottles of water that a bunch of other people have touched, when you can hydrate for free! You can save money and your health at the same time – always a positive. >Disinfect Whether you are parking at a beautiful RV resort or setting up camp at an out-of-the-way campsite, there are always going to be surfaces other people have touched. Before you turn on a water spigot or unhook the gate on a trail, think about ways you

could disinfect. A pack of Lysol wipes will serve you well here – they are not heavy and fit easily in the pocket, and they let you disinfect on the go. Just make sure not to leave your trash behind. When using a public restroom, take extra care to maintain proper hygiene. Wash your hands for at least twenty seconds, and open the door with your foot if possible. Take off your outdoor shoes before entering your tent or wherever you will be sleeping, and change your clothes if you can. If you are camping near other people or pass them on a trail, give them a respectful amount of distance. Not only is it polite, it helps reduce the spread of colds and flus – not something you want to deal with in the middle of the wilderness. >Less Crowded Destinations When beginning to travel again, consider picking a destination that is less crowded and more easily enjoyed stress-free. Instead of hitting up a hugely popular hiking trail, try to find one that’s off the beaten path. Rocky Mountain National Park is filled with trails that most visitors never even consider – these more strenuous trails will give you a workout and reward you with a jaw-dropping view. You might even spot an elk or a moose! Give them a wide and respectful berth. Camping is another great option for adventuring safely. Horse Cove in the Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina will put you among beeches and poplar that loom impossibly high – this campground is often overlooked, but not by you! Or if you want more of an adrenaline rush, this is a great opportunity to lean into the wide world of mudding and offroading. Bring a buddy and rev your engines at one of the many fine offroading trail sets around the country, splashing through mud and soaring over rocks and hills. Staying in your vehicle away from other people and still having the time of your life? Sounds fantastic! Whatever adventure your heart desires, go and find it.


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Where there is snow, there is the perfect opportunity for adventure. Whether you prefer gliding down a mountain with nothing but thin pieces of wood strapped to your feet or miles of contemplative hiking through a quiet forest, you’re sure to get your blood pumping and your heart rate up. Winter fun comes in many different shapes and sizes, but some of the most exciting and popular ventures are skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. Something about racing through snow drifts at top speed appeals to humanity. Maybe it’s the adrenaline rush, maybe it’s the wind blowing against our faces, maybe it’s the idea of conquering nature’s deadliest season.

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Whatever it is, you’ll find many opportunities for snow adventures throughout the United States. We have highlighted a few of our favorite options below, so get pumped and get planning!

SKIING Colorado is renowned the world over for being a top-tier ski destination. Smack-dab in the middle of the Rockies, the snow-covered peaks and forested valleys make for perfect skiing no matter what your level of experience is. Most people tend to think of Aspen, but Breckenridge Ski Resort deserves just as much love. With five beautiful mountaintops looming over this historic town, you have miles of trail to traverse. The higher up the mountains you go the more challenging the trails will be, so choose your terrain wisely! You have so many options, there’s bound to be something for everybody. Once you’re

done with the mountain for the day, head into town and make yourself comfortable at one of the many cozy lodges. If you’re looking for an experience that’s a little bit more rugged, drive into the mountains of Montana and face the challenges of Big Sky Resort. This highaltitude resort is ready and waiting for you year-round, but really comes alive in the winter. With everything from incredible triple black diamond trails coursing down from 11,000 feet in elevation to much more simple and easy runs for less experienced riders, as well as designated slow ski areas that are helpful for first-timers, Big Sky is an experience not to be missed. Test your mettle and your limits on the miles and miles of ski runs available to you – it’s sure to be a challenge you won’t forget.



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SNOWBOARDING Do you prefer the excitement and challenge of snowboarding? Then strap a board to your feet and slide down the powder at Mammoth Mountain in California. This lava-dome mountain only an hour from Yosemite National Park is the perfect place to board. They even offer free on-mountain ski and snowboard tours, so you can learn about the history of this amazing region. Once you’re ready to rest, enjoy a scenic gondola ride or a tour in a heated Snowcat. If you’re looking for a place with great vertical terrain and over 4000 acres of slopes to challenge yourself on, then Snowbird in Utah is an incredible resort destination. A beautiful mountain with a luxurious lodge and spa available to guests, this place has it all. If you are someone who needs special adaptations to successfully snowboard, then you’re in the right place! There’s a fantastic Adaptive Sports Program available here so that anyone can ride the slopes. But the most interesting and exciting adventure offered at Snowbird is helicopter skiing. Take a helicopter ride an untouched piece of powder and glide down the run of a lifetime.

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SNOWMOBILING Montana is known for diverse wildlife, craggy rock formations, mountains, and miles of grassy plains. But did you know that in the winter, it’s got one of the best snowmobiling destinations in the United States? The town of West Yellowstone is considered one of the snowmobiling capitals of the world, due to its miles and miles of trail systems and easy access to Yellowstone National Park. Three states converge near here and give you plenty of room to course over the snow. You might even spot an elk or a bison if you’re lucky! But make sure to give them plenty of space – they’re a lot bigger than you and have no compunctions about making sure you know it. Vermont is a jewel of New England, especially in the winter when it practically glitters with fresh snowfall. For people seeking East coast adventure, Mount Snow in Somerset is the place to be. Bring your snowmobile or rent your own and spend hours revving and roaring across the trails. Sign up for a 1- or 2-hour snowmobile tour of the mountain and see sights you might not have spotted otherwise. With miles of fun trails to explore and lots to do in town once you’re ready to warm up, don’t forget Mount Snow when planning your winter vacation!





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Royal Mountain wants Skiers and Riders to know that our priority is to allow for uninterrupted fun in all activities at Royal Mountain this season. We plan to follow all guidance from the New York State Department of Health in reference to COVID-19 guidance.

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FULL OF ADVENTURE. FULL OF FUN. FULTON COUNTY

Hit the Trails in Fulton County Ready to ride? Home to over 400 miles of snowmobile trails, visitors to Fulton County can experience the outdoors like never before with a winter getaway that’s full of snowy adventures. With its diverse mix of rolling farmland, scenic lakes, and secluded forests, the beauty of the natural landscape is on full display! Throughout the county, trails are maintained through the hard work of local clubs, including the Ful-Mont Snow Travelers. With the help of dedicated volunteers throughout the year, the Snow Travelers look after 80 miles of trails, which connect to other locally-maintained trails that continue on to Caroga Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake, Gloversville, Johnstown, and more destinations. Of course, even the most ardent outdoor enthusiasts need to take a break sometimes, and Fulton County offers a variety of restaurants serving hot, delicious meals to get you fueled up for more fun! Trailer parking is available throughout the county, making it easy to get out on the trail for a full day of adventure. There’s winter fun for everyone in Fulton County!

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:KEWEENAW, MI

“A N AV E R A G E O F 2 5 0 I N C H E S O F G L I S T E N I N G P O W D E R FALLS A N N U A L L Y ON THIS WINTER PLAYGROUND.”

S N O W (and LOTS of it ) Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, is one of Nature’s incredible snow-making machines. The Keweenaw Peninsula at the tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a destination that thrives on its lake-effect blasts. An average of 250 inches of glistening powder falls annually on this winter playground. What’s more, Lake Superior moderates outdoor temperatures so it’s rarely bone-biting cold. And if you worry about navigating a peninsula that piles up snow, don’t. Keeping roads clear is one of Keweenaw’s boasting rights. Another claim to fame is snowmobiling. Sledders repeatedly vote the Keweenaw among the best snowmobiling places in the U.S.A.

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There are 200+ miles of groomed trails. Many hug Lake Superior with lighthouses, frozen waterfalls and warming stops in sledder-friendly towns along the way. A favorite adventure starts at Twin Lakes State Park, crosses the Portage Lift Bridge in Hancock and continues along 100+ miles of picturesque trails to Copper Harbor. From there, ride to Brockway Mountain. It’s a 360-degree feast for the eyes. New to winter outdoor fun? Go snowshoeing. Try this low-impact activity on Michigan Tech and Nara Trails in Houghton or Swedetown Trails in Calumet. Want a tougher challenge? Snowshoe Lake Superior’s rocky coast at McLain State Park in Hancock and look for ice volcanoes.

Speaking of ice, sports fishers swear fish taste better in winter. That’s why shanty-villages pop up on the Keweenaw’s frozen inland lakes from January through March. Auger a hole and reel in trophy walleye, trout, perch, panfish, tiger muskie and more. Warm-up over a delicious craft beer. You’ll welcome the toasty comfort of Keweenaw’s breweries and drinkeries. It’s easy finding favorite beverages tasting your way from Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton to Brickside Brewery in Copper Harbor. Cheers to winter! Start your best snow adventures at keweenaw.info.


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When it's time to "Get Your West On," it's time to head for Wyoming's Carbon County. Located high on the Continental Divide in south-central Wyoming, this gem sits astride Interstate 80 for easy access from points east and west. Explore Carbon County's rich history full of colorful characters and infamous outlaws. Take a soak in natural mineral hot springs, fish pristine lakes and rivers, or hit the mountain trails for hiking, biking and horseback rides. Wyoming adventure awaits in Carbon County’s rugged Western towns. This vast 7,964 square mile county takes in the towns of Rawlins (the county seat), Sinclair, Hanna, Medicine Bow, Elk Mountain, Saratoga, Riverside, Encampment, Savery, Dixon and Baggs. You’ll find varied and delicious dining options including juicy western burgers, classic Italian, Thai and signature steaks. Carbon County communities offer a variety of lodging options including cozy cabins, swanky resorts, authentic western ranches, and historic bed and breakfasts to use as the home-base for your adventures! Boasting two scenic byways, the North Platte and Little Snake River Valleys, Encampment River, Saratoga natural Hot Springs, numerous designated wilderness areas and the Continental Divide trail, outdoor enthusiasts can seek many types of adventures. Located off the beaten path, visitors will find an abundance of well-known trails passing through Carbon County that are rich with cultural and historic stories of cowboys, Native American culture, fur trappers, emigrants and outlaws. With 10 museums and numerous historic sites there is plenty of history to discover. If you are looking for local culture we encourage you to schedule your visit around one of our exciting annual events. Carbon County has many entertaining local events you might want to attend including rodeos, music festivals, microbrew festivals, concerts, parades, wood-chopping competitions, ice fishing derbies, skijoring races, mountain man rendezvous, and so much more. Take a drive along our scenic byways, we are sure you will appreciate the serene mountains, fertile river valleys, and the exotic high desert - you'll understand why everyone who has discovered Carbon County as their personal getaway agrees that it is Wyoming's best kept secret. Discover outdoor recreation paradise filled with crystal clear rivers, natural hot springs, and an extensive trail system for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, nordic skiing or ATVing.

Even though you may think of Carbon County, Wyoming as primarily a summer destination there are also lots of great winter activities. Carbon County has fantastic snowmobiling trails and is considered a top destination by snowmobile enthusiasts. Come experience the authentic West and wide-open spaces in Carbon County, Wyoming in any season! Visit wyomingcarboncounty.com for helpful information to plan your vacation.



:OSWEGO COUNTY, NY

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OSWEGO COUNTY, NY – Outdoor adventurers who love the snow are drawn from all over the U.S. to Winona State Forest on the western edge of New York State’s Tug Hill Plateau, where skiers, snowmobilers, fat bikers, mushers and snowshoe hikers can explore 9,233 acres of pristine wilderness.

During the 30s and 40s, this sprawling section of former farmland in northern Oswego and southern Jefferson counties was reforested by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today Winona Forest contains more than 31 miles of cross-country ski trails, 8.7 miles of snowmobile trails, 9 miles of forest roads, and three parking areas -- All on public land with no admission charged. “Winona Forest is home to more than 50 miles of groomed, track set trails, glades, woods and scenic views. Our trail grooming system and volunteer groomers create an optimal experience for not only skiers, but snowshoe hikers and runners, snowmobile enthusiasts, and mushers,” said Matt Westerlund, president of Winona Forest Recreation Association. “Very

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few places across the US offer ‘resort quality’ Nordic ski trails that span across nearly 10,000 acres of state forest.”

The growth of winter biking (“fat biking”) is clearly visible when visiting Winona’s winter trails. Winona has become the “mecca” of fat biking, often hosting upwards of 100 riders on a given winter day. Miles of single-track trails have been added in recent years and will continue to be. In addition to traditional winter activities, Winona is used for hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching and horseback riding. Nearly two miles of forest access roads are open to all-terrain vehicles and connect to other ATV trails. Members of the Winona Forest Recreation Association, under a volunteer stewardship agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, spend hundreds of hours annually maintaining trails and facilities. Users become members to help with the maintenance costs.


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As a result, Winona has become of New York State's premiere outdoor recreation venues. The association has organized events to suit all interests and skills, including the legendary Tug Hill Tourathon cross-country ski races, snowshoe, fat tire bike, trail running, and sled dog competitions. The group recently received grant funds to rehabilitate trails used during non-winter months for hiking, mountain biking and trail running. “Multi-use trails, bountiful snow, uncrowded terrain and long winter seasons have attracted skiers, snowmobilers and mushers from great distances, for decades,” said Westerlund. “We invite you to enjoy the fruits of our volunteers' work and the wonderful nuances of nature during our long and beautiful winter seasons.”

Getting there: Winona State Forest is about 70 minutes north of Syracuse and the Syracuse International Airport and is easily accessible by travelling Interstate-81. Local highways are well-maintained by experienced snow removal crews. Oswego County Visitor Info: www.visitoswegocounty.com; 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) Lodging: visitoswegocounty.com/food-lodging/accommodations/ Dining: visitoswegocounty.com/food-lodging/dining-night-life/ Trail maps: .dec.ny.gov/lands/8072.html; http://www.winonaforest.com/


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Located on the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway - National Park, Ridgeland, Mississippi is a stylish small city with an active vibe. There’s an undeniable vitality and energy that makes it hard to sit still. It’s not just a place to get away from everyday life, but a place where everyday life takes on rich new meaning and new excitement. This town is for the active traveler who desires outdoor recreational opportunities, flavorful dining experiences and some of the finest shopping in the Mississippi.

For today’s traveler, sight-seeing is one thing, a safe experience is another. For those looking to explore, Ridgeland is definitely something to see: Take the 33,000 acres of nature’s delights of the Barnett Reservoir, offering 105 miles of shoreline, bordered by the Natchez Trace Parkway, also an AllAmerican Road. With plenty of fresh air recreational opportunities and friendly locals to help guide you along your

way, Ridgleand provides a great escape for social distancing fun, responsible restaurants and Brand Hotels committee to safety pledges. Named one of Mississippi's healthiest home towns, Ridgeland boasts almost 15 miles of cycling and walking trails, a 10-mile mountain bike trail and BMX track. Multipurpose trails crisscross this Bike Friendly City, an honor given by the League of American Cyclists. Water lovers will love kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, skiing, bird watching and boating on the beautiful Barnett Reservoir. Dining takes on a refreshing nature with many of Ridgeland's 150 restaurants offering lakeside and outdoor dining taking advantage of the area's beautiful weather and scenery. Some of the best chefs in the South have set up their kitchens in Ridgeland to offer memorable meals of fresh local and regional cuisine.


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Serious cyclists and casual cruisers share the Natchez Trace Parkway and the multiuse trails in Ridgeland...some even lead you to cafes with outdoor seating and retail shops. Cycling events abound, adding to our undeniable vitality, energy and hospitality. Enjoy the ride…We’re ready when you are! For more information about visiting Mississippi, explore visitmississippi.org, #VisitMSResponsibly.

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If events are what you miss, Ridgeland is gearing up to bring some back. Thousands flock to Ridgeland each year to enjoy annual events like Art Wine & Wheels Weekend on April 30 - May 2, 2021 which includes the Friday night kick-off live music party, Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Sante South Wine Festival, Run Now Wine Later 5K and the Natchez Trace Century Ride. For 2021, social distancing and spacing of the artists’ booths will

be implemented, and Ridgleand looks forward to enhancing safety feature while welcoming back an exciting weekend of events.

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For those of you who grew up in areas where temperatures dropped and your local bodies of water went frigid in the winter, you might be familiar with polar bear plunges already. For the uninitiated, the concept is easily explained – wait until winter, find a frigid body of water, strip down to your swimsuit, and jump in! This sort of event is best done with dozens of your best friends, and in the name of your favorite charity. A great wintertime way to raise money and have fun, screaming at the top of your lungs as you plunge into the icy depths of the nearest body of water. Don’t want to participate but want to watch? The below cities have organized polar plunge events every year, so don’t miss out. And if you’re feeling spunky, sign up and participate!

EVERGREEN, CO Every New Years Day, the town of Evergreen participates in the chilly tradition of the polar bear plunge. Everyone from kids to grandparents puts on a silly costume and jumps into the freezing water of Evergreen Lake. It’s a widely attended event, emceed by a local news reporter and cheered on by locals. The costumes are almost the best part – Peter Pan, Aquaman, elves, and baseball players are just some of the kooky looks cobbled together by jumpers. Fished out by the local fire rescue squad, 70 | Winter 2020 | Adventure Outdoors

jumpers emerge from the water shivering and grinning from ear to ear. Raising money for local charities and nonprofits, this is a challenge that at its core is dedicated to improving its community.

BOSTON, MA The plunge that takes place in Boston has a special place of honor for being one of the longest-running plunges in American history. The L Street Brownies are a group of swimmers who don’t let cold water stop them from getting in the water all year round. They host a

New Year’s Day swim that is widely attended by regular citizens brave enough to take an icy dip and emerge victorious. Brownies claim that taking a freezing dip is excellent for your circulation, your skin, and your overall health. The mad rush of shivering bathers into the water of Dorchester Bay is certainly sure to be good for the soul, providing a delightful source of entertainment if nothing else. Smiling faces and silly costumes stand out among the suited swimmers, and much splashing and revelry is to be had the whole time.


LAKE GEORGE, NY The New Years tradition continues further North at Lake George in New York. Thousands of people crowd the beach on the first day of the year, running into the water all at the same time. This lake is the farthest North of all the places we have covered so far, which means the temperatures are lower than ever. Sometimes there is even a thin film of ice to swim through, an extra challenge for the truly dedicated. Register for the plunge in a local tavern, maybe have some liquid courage, and get ready to dive into the lake in the afternoon. Emerge into the embrace of a huge fluffy towel and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

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get out or risk damaging yourself. But imagine being tethered to a harness on a ship and soaring through the sparkling Antarctic air, nothing between you and the icy deep, adrenaline coursing through your veins. True adventure and true freedom!

SOUTH KOREA The Haeundae Polar Bear Festival in Busan, South Korea, is one of the largest polar bear plunges in the

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world. Registration is limited to 5,000 people on a first come-first served basis, and it always fills up quick. This is a multi-day festival, with everything from musical performances, a dance party, and a full-on swimming competition with prizes awarded during a ceremony at the end of the festival. Snowman building, delicious food, and freezing water temperatures mean this is a festival not to be missed should you ever find yourself on the other side of the world!


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Most winter sports require heavy physical activity and high exertion, which is a big part of their appeal.

very season has its own trials and tribulations, and winter is especially dangerous if you aren’t prepared for it. However, a little thought and preparation go a long way, and there’s no reason you can’t simultaneously have fun and be safe all winter long! WINTER SPORTS When having fun this winter, make sure you’re taking care of yourself to avoid injury! Most winter sports require heavy physical activity and high exertion, which is a big part of their appeal. However, if you’re not careful you could seriously injure yourself. Make sure you warm up before you begin – stretch key muscle groups and loosen any tight areas that could lock up on you while you’re speeding downhill through snow and trees. Some jumping jacks to get the blood flowing, some lunges, some gentle stretches of the hamstrings, and you should be good to go! However, if something does go awry and you take a tumble, learning how to fall could keep you from breaking a bone or getting a concussion. If you fall while skiing, do your best to fall sideways instead of in between your skis – sideways will stop your downhill descent. If falling while snowboarding, protect your neck and head, curl into a ball shape close to the ground and do your best to reduce the impact. No matter what sport you’re engaging in, try and land on the meatier parts of your body like your bottom or the outside of your thigh. Don’t break your fall with your hands, since that’s a good way to break your wrists. Good luck!

WEATHER AND DISASTERS The best way to stay safe outdoors is to stay aware and well-informed. Check the weather forecast before you head out, and preview your route if possible to identify potential exit trails or safe zones. When you do head out for adventure, take a look at your surroundings. What do the clouds look like? Are they friendly or menacing? Do they signify an incoming blizzard? What about the trees? Are they blowing in a fierce breeze? Are all the uphill branches broken? That last question could keep you from venturing into avalanche territory. Wear layers of clothing to stay dry and warm, make sure you have several plans to stay safe, and overprepared is always better than underprepared.


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The white and mild-tasting flesh of pikes nonetheless has a long and distinguished history in cuisine and is popular fare in Europe and parts of North America.

Lake of the Woods, MN If you’re looking for a full vacation experience with outdoor adventure rolled up into the package, then Lake of the Woods in Minnesota is the perfect destination for you. This sparsely populated but breathtakingly beautiful locality at the very northern edge of Minnesota is home to some of the United States’ best ice fishing spots. With cozy resorts chock full of amenities and rustic fish houses and everything in

between, there’s ice fishing opportunities for any level of adventurer. Learn from locals, go out with a guide, or strike out with a buddy to see what you can achieve. Nab some northern pike, walleyes, crappies, and many others. Antero Reservoir, CO Located a little over two hours Southwest of Denver, this reservoir plays host to a mouthwatering array of fish all year round. Winter offers

opportunities for rainbow and brown trout, cutthroats, salmon, and more! This lake is incredibly fertile, so the fish grow to trophy size in record time. You can book an ice fishing trip with an expert or set up shop of your own on the lake, and pull your biggest catch ever from the icy depths. When you’re done fishing for the day, you’re just a couple of hours away from Denver or Colorado Springs or any number of charming Colorado destinations, so plan your trip with ease!

Lake Winnebago, WI Pack up your RV and traverse on up to Lake Winnebago, the perfect place for all your ice fishing needs! The largest inland lake in Wisconsin, this fantastic body of water has a population of sturgeon rated as one of the finest in North America.

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Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, SC This two for one lake system offers winter fishermen the best catfish opportunities in the country. If you like your catfish big and challenging, this is the destination for you! The state record for both blue and channel catfish were absolutely demolished by fishermen here, so it’s good odds you’ll be able to beat a personal or national record. Hankering for bass? Striped and largemouth beauties call these lakes home as well. Tucked in between the beautiful cities of Charleston and Columbia, there is much culture to be offered here. Fish all day and dance all night!


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The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t daydream about warmer days to come. Winter is the perfect time to plan your spring adventures, researching the perfect fishing holes and planning a vacation that will refresh and renew you. The snow might be falling, but in your brain and in your heart it is sunny and warm already. Skaneateles, NY A little town tucked away at the top of one of the Finger Lakes, Skaneateles is a hidden New York gem. Although the town itself is full of culture and charm, it’s the lake that brings fisherman flocking in droves once the temperature rises and the ice thaws. The savvy fisherman will seek perch and salmon, both good eating. Local fisherman and guides are happy to take you to

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Lake Seminole, GA The great thing about a reservoir is that they are designed with ease of use in mind. Lake Seminole in southwest Georgia is no different – this 37,500 acre lake is host to amazing boating, beautiful birds, and of course excellent fishing.

Right on the Florida-Georgia border, you get the best of both worlds here.

Spring brings big bass to the lake, giving anglers an opportunity to land a big old monster to welcome the changing of the seasons. You also have the chance to nab catfish, crappie, chain pickerel, and much more. Right on the FloridaGeorgia border, you get the best of both worlds here.

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In Central Minnesota, we do social distancing differently. With more than 450 lakes to choose from in Crow Wing County, there is plenty of room to experience the sport of ice fishing. Fish for walleye, northern pike, and more on the well-known Gull Lake, Whitefish and Bay Lake chains. Stay in centrally located Brainerd/Baxter and experience all this popular tourist destination has to offer with outdoor adventures, dining and entertainment. Guide services available.

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this winter in the mountains surrounding Laramie, Wyoming. As the days grow shorter and the snow arrives, Laramie is transformed into a winter wonderland of unmatched outdoor recreation. Whether you seek mountain adrenaline or serene snowy solitude, you’ll find it all in the trails surrounding the Laramie area. Adventure awaits in “Laradise.” Offering a charming small-town ski lodge experience, the Snowy Range Ski Area offers 27 trails and 250 acres of skiing and snowboarding for all experience levels. With the cost of a day pass priced at only $30, it is the perfect place to bring the whole family. The relaxed skiing atmosphere will give you plenty of space to explore at your own pace. Looking for thrill-seeking adrenaline across snow-covered meadows? An excursion by snowmobile may be just the ticket this winter.

Albany Lodge will outfit you with everything you need for a great snowmobile experience, including snow machines, guides, food and lodging. Follow an expert guide up the mountain for hill climbs and explore wide-open vistas in the backcountry. If you are the type to take things in at a slower pace, find yourself quieted by peaceful falling snow when you trek the backcountry by foot. Between Tie City Recreation Area and the Snowy Range, trekkers have miles of open trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Groomed trails provide the traditional cross-country experience, or hit the ungroomed trails to break track for a solo experience in the wild. Laramie’s Basecamp can outfit you with rentals and tips for either activity.


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After a day on the mountain, nothing beats libations and recovery calories back in the warm, casual restaurant atmosphere in Laramie. In town you’ll find traditional Wyoming steakhouses, unmatched brewpub fare, and eclectic comfort foods from across the globe. Pair a piping hot cheesy lasagna from Sweet Melissa Vegetarian Cafe with a cup of mulled wine for the ultimate warming experience, or stop by Anong’s Thai Cuisine for nutty curries to warm from the inside out.

No matter your palate, you’ll find the variety and small-town charm you expect from restaurants in Wyoming’s spirited college town. After dinner, stop by one of Laramie’s five downtown breweries for a night cap. Sample from heavy winter lagers to light ales and everything in-between. They are all within a convenient walking radius from one another, making for a great post-excursion beer tour. Top off a restorative trip with time spent nestled fireside in a winter cabin or luxury hotel in Laramie. Area cabins and lodges offer the full cozy mountain experience, while hotels bring all the amenities and comforts of home. Rest up and find yourself reinvigorated for the next day’s outdoor adventures!

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If you prefer your hunts on the wing, then duck hunting in Louisiana is going to be more your style. The bayous and waterways of this Southern state are on the migratory path of many ducks, and they gather in droves. Avoid the freezing temperatures of the North and stay warm while you bag these surprisingly challenging game birds. Whether you’re hunting for trophies or hunting for meat, a bag of mallards is sure to serve you well.

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VISITORS CAN EASILY IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN THE WETLANDS BY DRIVING ACCESSIBLE RAISED DIKE ROADS AND COUNTY ROADS THROUGH THE WETLANDS. Check out the observation tower located at the K-4 Highway overlook along the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway for one of the best views of the wetlands Over 13,000 acres of the wetlands are public hunting access. Popular hunts include waterfowl, pheasant, quail, snipe and rail, dove, turkey, and deer. Your one-stop shop for every visit to Cheyenne Bottoms is the Kansas

Wetlands Education Center (KWEC), featuring the Koch Wetlands Exhibit with newly renovated interactive exhibits, a classroom with live animal exhibits, and the Wetlands Gift Store. Admission is free! Staff at the KWEC will answer your questions about the wetlands and give advice for how you can experience Cheyenne Bottoms and the surrounding area. Great Bend, KS is ready to welcome you! Let us be your hosts as you explore our wonderful wetlands! http://exploregreatbend.com


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Look no further than Alamogordo, NM—an ideal destination for individuals and families seeking to get off the beaten path, return to nature and enjoy outdoor activities.

Alamogordo boasts an average of 287 days of sunshine each year and over 100 maintained trails for hiking, biking, ATVs and horseback riding. It’s also the perfect gateway to one of the most incredible natural treasures in the world — White Sands National Park. White Sands National Park offers hiking, memorable photos and the chance to observe over 800 species of wildlife on more than 275 square miles of glistening white dunes. Don’t forget to enjoy the favorite pastime of kids and kids at heart—sledding down the dunes and playing in the snow-like sand! There’s so much more to explore around this small New Mexican town beyond White Sands National Park. Just south of Alamogordo, in the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains, you’ll find Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Here you can get back to nature, observe wildlife and hike trails leading to pools in Dog Canyon. Lincoln National Forest, which spans four counties and three major mountain ranges, is another must-see destination. The forest provides the perfect opportunity to experience outdoor recreation, while hiking, biking, riding horses and observing the diverse wildlife.

Another unique destination is the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. It is one of the few sites in the region that provides direct access to more than 21,000 petroglyphs created by Jornada Mogollon people. Outdoor activities abound in Alamogordo. The Alameda

Park Zoo is home to a variety of plant and animal species situated on a 12-acre refuge. On the edge of town, the thriving pistachio scene offers two choices to get a taste of this important crop. McGinn’s PistachioLand provides motorized tours of its vineyards and pistachio orchards.


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Take a break in the wine tasting room before snapping a photo in front of the world’s largest pistachio, a 30-foot nut made of cement. ‘

At Heart of the Desert, take a free guided walking tour and enjoy a glass of wine on the Tuscaninspired patio. Families will enjoy the Toy Train Depot and the New Mexico Museum of Space History. These interactive destinations have both indoor and outdoor spaces to learn, explore and have fun. After a day of outdoor adventures, rest and recharge with a beer from 575 Brewing Co or Picacho Brewing Co. and enjoy one of the many dining options with a wide range of cuisine types. You’ll also find comfortable lodging to round out the perfect getaway for the weekend or longer. Learn more at AlamogordoNMtrue.com.




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The spectacular colors of the autumn forest viewed from Tallulah Gorge’s suspension bridge or the overlook of Black Rock Mountain, where you can see for 80 miles, is an awe-inspiring sight. Fall foliage is breathtaking here whether you hike, drive or even fly through the trees! Highlands Aerial Park is open all year, by appointment in January and February, and offers world class ziplining tours above the canopy, 250 feet up. White water rafting on the Chattooga River at Southeastern Expeditions through late fall and again in early spring and snow tubing at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center are available for adventurers looking for offseason thrills. And for the milder heart, make your reservation at the Dillard House Stables for a horseback ride through the snow, ending with a comforting homestyle meal at the world-famous Dillard House.

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Just because temperatures cool down, doesn’t mean the fun has to. Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Rabun County, Georgia’s northeastern most county, offers visitors a wealth of unique and wonderful experiences even in the cooler months. From frosty outdoor adventures to cozy fireside dining, your days can be both full and fulfilling in this little neck of the woods. With three state parks, Tallulah Gorge, Black Rock Mountain, and Moccasin Creek, camping and hiking is available yearround for you to enjoy a crackling campfire or a peaceful stroll through the woods. The scenic beauty of these parks and their trails is magnificent in the fall and winter months.

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But for the most die-hard adventurer, Rabun County’s version of paradise is the Tallulah Gorge. Named by 24/7 Wall St.com. as the Most Beautiful Natural Wonder in the State of Georgia, Tallulah Gorge is a geological marvel. With rims up to a half mile in span and sheer rock cliffs plunging 1000ft down, this 2-mile long canyon is an awe-inspiring spectacle. It has a rich history as one of the first attractions that brought the railroads and tourists to the North Georgia mountains and then as the first step in Georgia Power’s hydroelectric dam project to provide power to Atlanta. In 1974, Karl Wallenda added to the legacy by crossing the gorge on his famous highwire, stopping to perform three headstands along the way.


Today, Tallulah Gorge State Park safe guards the beauty and majesty of the gorge and all it has to offer, and Tallulah Gorge has a LOT to offer! For starters, there’s the waterfalls – 6 of them! Views of the falls can be had along the miles of trails for both beginners and more seasoned hikers. All of the trails provide spectacular views and the breathtaking suspension bridge allows visitors to see the river and falls from above. The bridge is accessed from Hurricane Falls Stairs, over 1000 stairs that go all the way down to the gorge floor and back up the other side. Limited free permits are issued for those wanting to reach the bottom. Permits are also required for climbers willing to test their skill on the vertical quartzite walls that line the canyon. But the most amazing sight to see, or participate in, is the water release days. For a few days each spring and fall, the river is let loose and the water thunders through the gorge as it once did before the dam came. Spectators can wonder as the daring kayakers brave the exhilarating rapids. So whether you’re a casual hiker, a daredevil climber or paddler, or just someone who can appreciate the beauty of nature in the mountains, Rabun County and Tallulah Gorge is where you belong! Start your adventure exploring Rabun County at ExploreRabun.com.


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