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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Best Holiday Gifts for Land Lovers: 2018 Edition

Once again, we've scouted our best suggestions for the land lover in your life. These ideas will go over great for the holiday gift-giving season, though they would probably be well received anytime of year.

William Chris Vineyards, Texas Hill Country wine

Becoming Truly Texas: William Chris Vineyards in Texas Hill Country

We have a responsibility to steward and take care of the ground. For some this may be the yard at their house, for others it could be a 2,000-acre wheat pasture. For Chris Brundrett, it is the grape vines growing on his property in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

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How to Get Your Kids into the Outdoors

The gurus at OutdoorHub offer these five tips for getting your kids outdoors and loving it—probably without even knowing it, or missing their favorite TV show or app to boot!

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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.

Sunset over Blue Mountain Ranch in Uvalde County, Texas

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.

Paddleboarders at Lake Tahoe

Water Worlds: A Paddleboarder’s Guide to Exploring the Outdoors

The founder of Floating Authority, a gear-review site for paddleboards, kayaks and other paddling equipment, gives us his top picks for where to paddleboard in the U.S.

Property for Sale Near Ski Resorts

Sick!: Epic Property For Sale Near the Country’s Best Ski Resorts

To get you in the mood for the coming 2017-18 ski season, here’s a look at some of the finest property for sale near some of the country’s best ski resorts.

Theodore Roosevelt conservation legacy

Raising Roosevelts: The Next Generation of Wildlife Conservation

Theodore Roosevelt’s contributions to wildlife conservation and land stewardship are monumental. Now it is up to the present generation to preserve the wildlife and land for those generations to come, just as Roosevelt did.

Rogue River Ranch, Oregon

Listing of the Week: Oregon Recreational Retreat with Rogue River Access

Tucked among the pine-covered foothills of southern Oregon's Cascade Mountains, 74-acre Rogue River Ranch is a recreational gem with a quarter-mile of Rogue River frontage.

View of Grand Tetons from Teton Timbers Ranch near Driggs, Idaho

Listing of the Week: Idaho Wilderness Inholding Offers Base Camp for Adventure

As a forest-service inholding, Idaho’s Teton Timbers Ranch is a virtual private wilderness retreat on the doorstep of some of the American West’s best outdoor adventures.

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How to Remove Deer Ticks Safely (Video)

Summer is peak season for nymphal-stage deer ticks, meaning you should be prepared to spot these poppy-seed-sized critters and know how to remove safely.

The Guadalupe River: A Comprehensive Overview

The name Guadalupe has been applied to the present river, at least in its lower course, since 1689, when the stream was so named by Alonso De León.