Cover Photo by Steve YocomThe October issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine just went live and is hitting newsstands now! Grab your copy or read online to learn about 5 of the most fearsome fall hikes in the Blue Ridge, the burgeoning bouldering scene taking place in the high country of Boone, North Carolina, some of the south’s eeriest ghost towns, and much more!DepartmentsCONTRIBUTOR QUESTIONSOnce a month we throw our contributors for a loop with a different question about their lives in the outdoors. This month we had them tell us about some of their most dangerous outdoor moments.FLASHPOINTAre we saving—or selling out—our public lands?QUICK HITSBear attack in Virginia • Polluted parks • Monumental tour • Eminem’s running addictionTHE DIRTMitchell Triple Crown • Native brook trout restored to the SmokiesTHE GOODSThe Scott Brothers select the best in bouldering gear.FeaturesTOM’S CABINYou can go home again to Thomas Wolfe’s writing retreat.TOO YOUNG?Most kids are playing with Legos and dolls. A few are thru-hiking long-distance trails.FEARLESS FALL FOLIAGEColor is spilling down the mountains. Wanna find the best spots to catch it? Tackle one of our five most adventurous hikes for leaf-peepers.WONDER WOMENMeet six pioneering females who are rocking the regional outdoor scene.THE SECRET IS OUTBouldering in Boone and the High Country is no longer for locals only.GHOST TOWNSExplore the region’s most hallowed haunts—abandoned moonshining communities, Renaissance castles, and even a pirate ship in Sherwood Forest.TRAIL MIXSouthern Rock Icons The Drive By Truckers are Back with an Epic Live Album.16 BABIES IN A CANOESixteen babies take up a lot of room in a canoe, but you gotta keep a princess happy.