Recreation

Articles and advice about outdoor recreation on the land, from hiking and wildlife watching to hidden swimming holes and campfires secrets!

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10 Best Fall Outdoor Adventures

It’s a perfect time of year for outdoor activities, from forest hikes to high-desert bike rides to paddling along a rugged shore. Here are our picks for ten of the best adventures across the United States this fall!

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Listing of the Week: Scenic Rural Retreat in Virginia’s Bath County

Virginia's River Ridge Ranch Estate occupies a scenic perch that movie buffs may recognize from the 1993 Richard Gere/Jodie Foster flick, Sommersby. This well-manicured property shares a boundary with the region's sprawling George Washington & Jefferson National Forests and overlooks the meandering Cowpasture River.

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Survival 101: How to Use Bear Spray Effectively

Aggressive confrontations with bears are rare, but in that event, your best defense is bear spray. Here's what you need to know in case you do have a tangle with a bear on the trail.

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Listing of the Week: Blue Mountain Ranch, Texas

Located between Uvalde and Knippa, Texas, this awesome high-fenced 2,280± acre ranch offers incredible commercial hunting opportunities.

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Listing of the Week: Ghurka Founder Marley Hodgson Lists His Colorado Guest Ranch for $8.3 Million

A stunning wilderness property nestled within a valley of the West Elk Wilderness of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Smith Fork Ranch was assembled and designed by Ghurka leather goods founder Marley Hodgson.

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Survival 101: How to Survive a Snake Encounter on the Trail

Snake encounters are uncommon, and snake bites even more so, but it’s always important to read up on snake safety on the trail, just in case you come across one of these slithery creatures.

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Top Summer Hikes for Land Lovers (& How to Make the Most of Them)

When people in other industries go on vacation, they want to get as far away from anything relating to their business as possible. In the land industry, land experts and landowners take a break from land by… going to see more land! Here are our picks for five perfect hikes for land lovers.

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6 Great Summer Swimming Holes

With the arrival of the summer swelter, we dive into a few of our favorite swimming holes around the country, from clear Hill Country pools to clothing-optional mountain springs with a view!

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How to Get the Country’s Favorite National Parks (Almost) to Yourself this Summer

America's favorite national parks are popular for good reasons: dramatic landscapes, pristine ecosystems, epic wildlife and iconic vistas, to name but a few. But there are ways to enjoy stunners like Grand Canyon, Glacier and Great Smoky national parks without the crowds. Find out how here.

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5 Tips for Hiking With Your Dog

Learn useful tips for hiking with your dog that will ensure a safe trail experience and give you a chance to bond and spend a great time with your dog outdoors.