TRAIN BEFORE YOU TRY

“Know before you go” is a pretty good rule of thumb before you head into the great outdoors to try a new activity. So, why not check out one of these Atlanta destinations to prep for everything from your summer fly-fishing trip to a bike ride through the Smokies?

CLIMB THE WALLS

Photo: David Turrentine

Photo: David Turrentine

Lesson Learned: Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing Gym offers […]

BLUE HERON NATURE PRESERVE

Kevin McCauley, Project Director, in the BHNP Community Garden

Kevin McCauley, Project Director, in the BHNP Community Garden

While living in San Francisco, Kevin McCauley and his wife had a plot at a community garden. When they moved to Atlanta, they wanted to recreate that experience.

“We loved it because it gave us a chance to play in the dirt in the city with a […]

OUTWARD BOUND AND INWARD REFLECTION

A RUGGED OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TEACHES AN AT-RISK LOCAL TEENAGER VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS.

Saying I had an interesting summer is an understatement. While most 16-year-olds take the summer as a time to relax, spend time with friends, and indulge in technology, I (and seven other at-risk teens) had quite a different experience: Outward Bound, a 28-day wilderness expedition on the Suwannee and St. Johns rivers in Florida.

Throughout […]

EAST PALISADES TRAIL

It feels like a butt-kicking Smoky Mountains hike—that’s one of the things I love most about the East Palisades Trail in Sandy Springs.

EAST PALISADES TRAIL with Amelia Pavlik

EAST PALISADES TRAIL with Amelia Pavlik

I never would have known the trail existed if it hadn’t been for my friend Alex. (He’s a veteran obstacle course racer who is always looking for spots near Buckhead […]

CHASTAIN HORSE PARK

CHASTAIN HORSE PARK with Caroline Cohen.

CHASTAIN HORSE PARK with Caroline Cohen.

Reconnecting with a childhood passion and the challenge of figuring out how to get a more than 1,000-pound creature to cooperate with you. These are just two of the many reasons Caroline Cohen decided to start riding at Chastain Horse Park (CHP).

“My friend Liz has a horse at CHP, and she knew […]

GO-TO GEAR SPOTS

Looking for just the right lightweight rain jacket or backpack for that next outdoor adventure? Here are a few places that are primed to get you outdoor excursion-ready:

HIGH COUNTRY OUTFITTERS

It doesn’t matter what type of trip or adventure you’re headed on, the chances are someone at High Country Outfitters has been there or wants to go. “We’ve explored the world and tried everything once,” says general […]

MORGAN FALLS OVERLOOK PARK

MORGAN FALLS OVERLOOK PARK with Laurie Ben-Moshe

MORGAN FALLS OVERLOOK PARK with Laurie Ben-Moshe

Holding triangle pose on a paddleboard while floating on the Chattahoochee might sound a little intimidating to yoga beginners. But Laurie Ben-Moshe doesn’t let the challenge stop her from enjoying the stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga classes offered at Morgan Falls Overlook Park.

“I’ve only practiced yoga since April, and for Mother’s […]

MURPHEY CANDLER PARK

MURPHEY CANDLER PARK with Camilo Duran

MURPHEY CANDLER PARK with Camilo Duran

Fifteen years ago, Brookhaven resident Camilo Duran discovered his slice of peace and quiet in the city: the lake at Murphey Candler Park (MCP). Duran typically fishes there two to three days a week, early in the morning on weekends or in the afternoons during the week.

“When I was building my house, […]