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COURTSEY OF HARLAN CO. CAMPGROUND
BRANDON GOINS
BRANDON GOINS

Harlan County (Ky.)
Camprgound (top), is
convenient to the
county's Black Mountain
Off-Road Adventure
Area.

MARYLAND
PLAY:
With 34 slopes snaking down 172 acres of ski terrain,
Wisp Resort is one of Maryland's most popular winter destinations. But that doesn't mean the action
stops when summer rolls around. From mountain
biking and golfing to whitewater rafting, Wisp Resort
is a great home base for exploring a wealth of outdoor
activities.
One of the biggest draws here is Adventure Sports
Center International (ASCI), the world's only mountaintop whitewater course. This manmade marvel is
a little more than 1,700 feet long and drops 24 feet
from the top to the bottom. Guests can go on a guided
whitewater rafting trip or rent a kayak and paddle the
rapids. In addition to the whitewater course, ASCI
also manages the 550-acre Fork Run Recreation Area,
a conservation easement with eight miles of hiking
and biking trails and 50-foot tall rock climbing walls.
There's also mountain biking down the 3,115-foot
Wisp Mountain. The resort's new Freeride Park offers
thrilling trails with natural rocky terrain, wood ramps
and bridges. Bike rentals include trail and lift pass,
and you can even take a freeride downhill clinic to
sharpen your skills. Other adventures include Flying
Squirrel canopy tour, with cargo nets, zip lines, and a
ropes bridge. If your need for thrills still hasn't been
sated, try the resort's Mountain Coaster, where, after

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climbing 1,300 feet, you'll zoom down 3,500 feet of
twisting, rolling track. For something a little more
serene, try the par-72 Wisp Resort Golf Course,
which is designed around the natural contours at the
base of the mountain.
STAY:
The Wisp Resort Hotel has 102 suites and 67 guest
rooms. All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator,
coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, highspeed wireless and TV. For dining at the resort, there's
the rustic DC's Bar & Restaurant, along with a mountainside bar and a couple of smaller cafes. If you forgot
to pack the right gear or are looking for a gift, the
resort has five retailers, where you can find clothes,
outdoor equipment and other odds and ends.
NORTH CAROLINA
PLAY:
Stretching from its headwaters in Rosman, N.C., into
Tennessee, the French Broad River boasts a mix of
flatwater and rapids as well as pristine wilderness
bustling with life. But because of a lack of accessibility, much of the river's rugged beauty was difficult to
explore - until now. The Asheville-based Western
North Carolina Alliance recently completed the
French Broad River Paddle Trail, a 140-mile blueway
with six paddle-in-only campsites.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014

Letters / You Said It
From the Editor
From the Farm
BRC Unlocked
Mountain Report
Creasture Feature
Great Buys in the Mountains
The Hike
Festivals and Events
Country Roads
It’s Weird, It’s Wonderful, It’s Asheville!
Photoessay: The Waterfalls of Western North Carolina
Mountain Adventure: Where to Play, Where to Stay
One Day on the Parkway, 1987
Little Zoos, Big Fun
Mountain Garden
Flavors
Cabin in the Woods: The Farms Cabins and Cottages
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Letters / You Said It
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 8
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - BRC Unlocked
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Creasture Feature
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Great Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Festivals and Events
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - It’s Weird, It’s Wonderful, It’s Asheville!
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 30
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Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Photoessay: The Waterfalls of Western North Carolina
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 38
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Mountain Adventure: Where to Play, Where to Stay
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 44
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Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - One Day on the Parkway, 1987
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Little Zoos, Big Fun
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Flavors
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: The Farms Cabins and Cottages
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2014 - 67
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