6 Days Down the Buffalo River

Article and photos by Kent Peggram. Meandering undisturbed for 150 miles through northern Arkansas, the shimmering water of the Buffalo National River supports quite a remarkable river canyon experience. Reasons why activists desperately wanted to protect this river from damming…

RockCreek Cool Springs

If you haven’t heard the news, Rock/Creek is excited to announce the grand opening of its newest store location in the Cool Springs Galleria of Franklin, TN on August 15, 2016! For nearly 30 years, Rock/Creek has proudly served myriad…

Insider's Guide to Cade's Cove

Chances are you’ve been to Cades Cove. You’ve most likely driven the 11 mile loop with family and friends. You’ve been there, you’ve seen it… However, unless you’ve spent the day outside of the car in the cove – you…

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Swimming holes are what Southeastern summers are all about. And while the Chattanooga area is home to some seriously incredible places to take a natural dip, it’s also home to a lot of private land with a number of tricky…

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This summer, The North Face and Rock/Creek challenge you to #MaxYourDays. We polled our staff and friends and came up with a few amazing itineraries to inspire you to get the most out of these long summer days. In this…

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There’s no question that Maine should be at the top of anyone’s vacation destination bucket list. Home to hip and happening cities like Portland—with its cobblestone-lined streets, boutique stores, craft brewpubs, and seafood shacks—as well as quaint little adventure towns…

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California’s Yosemite National Park, located high in the Sierra Mountains, is among the United States’ most majestic outdoor destinations. Home to the country’s tallest waterfall as well as 2,000-year-old Giant sequoias, expansive fields of wildflowers, and a sea of granite outcroppings, Yosemite…

6 Southern Whitewater Rafting Classics

Hiwassee Intensity: * What to expect: The Hiwassee River is an approximately 140-mile long, broad, clear and scenic waterway that flows through Tennessee, with ample opportunities for various water sports. Its class II rapids make it one of the tamest…

Camping and Hiking with Kids

By Dawson Wheeler, co-founder of Rock/Creek. Camping and hiking with our kids has been a part of our family fabric since day one. Kids love to play outside given the opportunity. They have a natural sense of curiosity and wonder….

Hiker's Guide to Hemphill Bald

Guest post and photography by Kristi Parsons: Every year, millions of visitors drive the roads of our Great Smoky Mountains National Park – looking for the perfect picnic spot. However, most of them will never see the most amazing of…

Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Deep down, most everyone has a profound fascination with Wyoming. You know it’s true. Whether you’ve witnessed its wild western majesty firsthand, or you’ve just seen photos of the Grand Tetons reflecting off of the mirrored lakes below, there’s just…

Up Close on Mount LeConte

Guest post by Kristi Parsons. Mount LeConte Lodge: At 6,593ft, In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you will find a little slice of heaven. A life above the clouds. Where a tent camp once stood in 1925, now stands…

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Everyone knows about Telluride and Aspen, Breckenridge and Vail, Steamboat Springs and Boulder. These towns have (rightfully) earned reputations as awesome outdoor towns and resort getaways. But there are a number of other, somewhat lesser-known gems that exist in Colorado…

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah.

With open blue skies, famous red rocks, and even more famous natural arches, Utah is an absolute must-visit for any adventure-minded traveler. Not only is it home to 5 stunning national parks—Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion—but it…

Combining the artistic and patient meditation of fishing, with the steady athletic movement of paddling, kayak fishing is among the fastest growing sports in the outdoor industry. Rock/Creek kayak ambassador, Matt Brooks, says that while he’s not sure whether kayak…

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Dawson Wheeler, co-owner of Rock/Creek Outfitters in Chattanooga, TN, straddles the line between “the old guard” and “forefather of the modern outdoor industry.” Wheeler started his professional life when computers were still a novelty. Now Rock/Creek has four locations in…

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Even though Rock/Creek is best known for outfitting people for technical endeavors like trail running, backpacking, rock climbing, and paddling, we also see a lot of people in search of daily footwear solutions—especially when they’re dealing with plantar fasciitis (inflammation…

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There’s just something about taking a dip in a Southeastern swimming hole. It’s exhilarating. It’s borderline clandestine. It makes every part of you feel alive. And it’s really what Tennessee summers are all about—hiking through thick forests of virgin hardwoods, and even…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a place of absolute wonder, featuring forests filled with vibrant wildflowers, old-growth forests, cascading waterfalls, winding trails, and vast 360 degree views of the misty mountains. Because of the area’s immense beauty and easy…

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Three-day weekends don’t come around often enough. But when they do, it’s important to make the most of them. Although a mere few days may seem like a small stint compared to a traditional two-week vacation, it’s actually just enough time…

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When preparing for an epic trip—whether it be a few states over or across the globe—packing appropriately and planning ahead can make all the difference. Though flying may seem daunting, research and organization allow for an enjoyable experience at the…

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Originally written for RootsRated It’s hard to deny the lure of mountain fire towers, with their place in history as guardians of the forest, and the intrigue of the solitary, beatnik existence of the watchmen who were once posted within them….

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It all started in 1928 in Ziano di Fiemme—a small Italian village located in the heart of the Dolomites—when a man named Narciso Delladio began creating customized leather boots and clogs for lumberjacks and farmers in Italy’s Fasse and Fiemme…

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Truth be told, there are a few things better than a good, old-fashioned car camping trip. Sure, backpacking to a campsite has its perks (more solitude, more exercise, more breathtaking scenery), but what car camping may lack in epic adventure,…

The Villas at Devils Fork State Park.

Wake up predawn, take a few steps to your own boat launch, and watch the sunrise while paddling through massive cypress trees. Cozy up in a historic cabin built shortly after the Revolutionary War. Or wind down from a day…

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If it seems too good to be true, than it probably is. These are wise words to live by, yet we’ve discovered the rare exception to this rule. Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Carolina, if you know where…

The Rise and Rebirth of Dana Designs and Mystery Ranch Backpacks

Old-school backpackers remember the name well. Back in the day, Dana Designs was one of the leading pack companies in the industry and was considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern backpacking. But somewhere in…

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Originally written for RootsRated Even if you’ve never heard of the Benton MacKaye Trail, you may know its creator, Benton MacKaye, the father of the Appalachian Trail. In his grand vision to create a long-distance footpath from Georgia to Maine,…

Buyer's Guide: Choosing the Best Rain Jacket

Good rainwear is a long-term investment. After all, we’re not talking about an optional item; in many outdoor situations, your rain jacket is literally safety equipment, and you need it to reliably keep you dry and block wind, or you…

3 Scenic Spots for Hammock Camping in Alabama

Alabama native Zolen Boogaerts has been backpacking for at least 20 years, but in 2012 his back started to ache badly when he slept on the ground. “Even with thick sleeping pads, I couldn’t get a comfortable night’s sleep,” said…

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Accessible only by ferry, Sapelo Island provides a backdrop for a weekend of hiking in maritime forests, kayaking through salt marshes, camping near the beach, and stargazing into a dark sky. It’s Georgia’s fourth largest barrier island, and the number of unique outdoor…

Almost Gone, But Not Forgotten: Why We Should Bring Playboating Back to the Ocoee

On any given release day, expert kayakers from across the region can be found practicing tight and technical lines through the bigger rapids on the Ocoee River. Competitive paddlers training for races are doing attainments, paddling upstream against the current…

The Rabid Raccoon: Ripping Descents, Rugged Climbs, and the Newest Member of the Rock/Creek Race Series

Rock/Creek is excited to announce the addition of the Rabid Raccoon 25k to the 2016 race lineup. Potentially a cult classic, the Rabid Raccoon is a fell running style event where top finishers will walk away with an actual raccoon…

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Originally written for RootsRated Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t always have to be an all day affair—sometimes the effort made to simply get outside for an hour or two before or after work is all you need to feel a little…

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Spring is on the way, and in many places that means one thing: rain. Lots of rain. In Chattanooga, where we receive an astonishing 53 inches of rain per year, this is especially true. From February through April, nearly-constant precipitation…

Originally written for RootsRated From the smoke-shrouded summit of LeConte and the open-armed expanses of Andrews Bald, down into the laurel laden hollows of Porters Creek and the historic homesteads of Cades Cove, it’s difficult to overstate the majesty of…

Tips for hiking with dogs (and backpacking too)

If you are a dog owner, and you enjoy hiking or backpacking, it’s only logical that you’ll find yourself wanting to take your dog along with you. After all, why leave man’s best friend alone at home — or a…

Brian Costilow running on Lookout Mountain

Depending on the distance, the time of year, and the location or terrain, the gear needed to contribute towards a successful ultra marathon finish may vary. Having run over 45 ultra marathons within the past 14 years, I have had…

Layering clothing for outdoor sports

What is Layering? If you’ve spent any time in the outdoors, you’ve heard the term “layering.” If you’re new to outdoor activities, though, or maybe if you own a fleece or rain jacket but not much else in the way…

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Known as the Beast of the East, West Virginia’s Gauley River has some of the best whitewater paddling on the planet. From its first descent in 1961 to today, the history of this storied river is packed with tales of…

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Tucked in the humble hills of Middle Tennessee along the lethargic Cumberland River, Nashville might not immediately spring to mind as a world-class hiking city, but it actually has a surprising amount of quality options. And you don't even need to…

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For almost 30 years, Rock/Creek has called Chattanooga home. If you love the outdoors, it’s not hard to see why. From world-class climbing to world-famous eats and drinks, Chattanooga, TN earns the “Best Towns” title over and over: “The secret is out:…

Beaman Park in Nashville.

Middle Tennessee is littered with great trail runs. Some steep and technical and others winding through beautiful nature reserves. Deciding on that long Saturday morning run is exciting, like planning that next big vacation. But getting out on the trail…

Savage Gulf

This summer, The North Face and Rock/Creek challenge you to #MaxYourDays. We polled our staff and friends and came up with a few amazing itineraries to inspire you to get the most out of these long summer days. In this…

Foster Falls, Tracy City, Tennessee.

It wouldn't be at all unfair to say that Middle Tennessee is home to some of the best waterfalls that the Southeast has to offer. Some are more popular (read: crowded) than others. Some are composed of a series of…