ON THE COVER A.T. ENTREPRENEURS An Appalachian Trail thru-hike is an incubatorfor several businesspioneers in SouthernAppalachia. An outdoor instructor’s go-to gear for camping and backpacking. TRAIL MIX FLASHPOINT “When it comes to family hikes, we have one simple rule— you’re going! This is one of our favorite local hikes, Hay Rock on the Appalachian Trail.” THE ADVENTURE IMPRINT Access vs. preservation: new battles in a classic public lands tug-of-war. BUILD YOUR OWN ADVENTURE LAST WORD THE GOODS Four outdoor families share their tips and tricks for adventures with kids—plus their favorite campsites, trail foods, and trail-tested advice. Lessons learned from an outdoor parent. How did iconic whitewater rapids and climbing routes get their names? We dig into the backstory behind the region’s most colorfully named adventure hotspots. QUICK HITS Photo by Kenton [email protected]_steryousKentonSteryous.com A parent of adventurous pre-teens starts letting go—but still holds onto the rope. Chatham County Line covers + 5 fave fests this spring. Is Appalachia the next Cancer Alley? • Must- reads for the outdoor fam • Zip lining and whitewater paddling for kids with autism • Pipeline CSI uncovers dirty secrets FEATURES PHOTO BY STEPHANIE JACOBSON / WHIMSY & WILDERNESS PHOTOGRAPHY OUTDOOR FAMILY GUIDE 2019 DEPARTMENTS BAMBI MEETS GODZILLA, BUBBA MEETS JESUS Learn how to craft a fishing rod, build a bike, fashion a knife, weave baskets, and test your outdoor skills.