Waterproof paddling jacket also keeps sweat under control.
Snorkel among manatees.
Paddle through any conditions with this durable canoe from Wenonah.
Stay dry and comfortable with this breathable paddling jacket from Immersion Research.
Combine all the benefits of a dry bag and compression sack and you get the Airpurge Dry Compressions Sacks from Outdoor Research.
Go lightweight with this adjustable kayak paddle from Bending Branches.
Get flexibility for a bargain with this sea kayak from Perception.
Re-think your preconceptions with this comfortable PFD from Kokatat.
This inflatable kayak from Innova combines storage benefits and a hard-shell-like deck.
Grip and draining combine in this hybrid shoe from Sperry Top-Sider.
This sea kayak from Wilderness Systems gives you the comfort and storage space necessary for a multi-day journey.
Learn these skills for trips that involve more than just hiking.
Protect your valuables on your next paddling trip with this iPhone case.
Top picks and values for backcountry lake and rivers
This budget-friendly boat made from durable thermoformed polyethylene offers a plush ride for everyday paddling.
The low-profile, adjustable PFD features soft, PVC-free foam, which molds around your body for custom-fit-like comfort.
Keep your butt happy on long canoeing trips with this add-on seat.
A giant roll-top and zip-top dry bag in one
Protect your valuables on your next paddling trip with these iPhone and iPad cases.
An inflatable kayak with multiday gear-carrying capacity and legit whitewater stability
A one-person pack raft
A 17-foot boat for paddlers who rank long-haul performance over short-course speed.
Sea kayaking unlocks a new world of solitude and scenery.
Inflatable kayaks make big-water action accessible to all.
Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.
Do a T-rescue for a flipped sea kayak.
Hard-won-lessons and tips about whitewater kayaking from the front lines of survival.
Hard-won-lessons and tips about whitewater kayaking from the front lines of survival.
Learn how to ride rapids, and you'll open up a new way to explore the outdoors.
Hit Idaho's Owyhee River just right, and you get one of the West's best paddles to yourself.
Immerse yourself in Minnesota's liquid wilderness.
Want to test the waters before attempting a Primitive Management Area? Get some experience on these traditional Boundary Waters trips first.
World-class scenery, luxe camping, and easy paddling await your family on the Green River in Canyonlands. Your kids will remember this forever.
Quite possibly the world's lightest waterproof stuffsacks
An inflatable kayak that paddles well
Wilderness paddler Mike Stavola sets a record on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
Mike Long, a 20-year veteran, snares a primo big-water day on the Rio Grande.
The Alaska Marine Highway is the world's most scenic floating campground.
Test your scrambling skills–plus sea kayak, rock climb, and scuba dive the Gulf of Orosei Coast.
Traverse the unknown end of the Alps–by trail, canyon, and cliff face–on this demanding journey in and around Triglav National Park.
Hike, paddle, and swim narrow canyons before running class IV rapids on an inflatable boogie board.
Walk, bike, and raft between a string of glaciated peaks; then ladder-climb 2,500 feet up a sheer rock face.
Explore hidden gorges and spy rarely seen wonders on this three-week raft trip designed specifically for hikers.
A two-day paddle through high plains prairie amid buffalo, whooping cranes, and elk.
A sudden swim in a glacier-fed river nearly finishes a ranger.
Follow these guidelines to keep your gear dry, secure, and well balanced in a canoe or kayak.
A killer whitewater trip at the end of a stunning 40-mile canyon hike? That's the scenario on Oregon's Rogue River Trail.
These weekend float trips have side hikes that rival the paddling for scenery and solitude.
Shhh! Find silent shores in this isolated Boundary Waters hideaway
Some of the country's best wilderness is accessible only by boat. To help you get there, our testers picked the top canoes in six key categories.
Improve your speed and efficiency by synchronizing your strokes.
With a thousand islands and countless passages, this little-visited treasure is a watery maze. Here's the way in–and out.
Looking to catch and eat the big one? Try paddling Arkansas' Little Red River.
Dive into the Channels Islands with exclusive on-the-scene video, photos, and trip reports.
Learn how to battle your way out of a raging river with these tips.
Three ways to hike, bike, and paddle your way to freedom in the Twin Cities.
In the Elwha Valley, tidal rivers collide with towering old-growth forests, creating an outsized multisport playground. You'll need a bike, a kayak, and a boatload of stamina to join Sara Gagnon, an area native and co-owner of Adventures Through Kayaking, on this rollicking tour.
Adventurous types can still find magic in the rivers, lakes, and paths of Detroit.
Recover from high-mileage days with these before-and-after stretches.
Secluded coastline and bikable rain forests are just two things waiting for you in Mexico
View redrock cliffs and spires as you float through Stillwater Canyon in Utah's Canyonlands National Park.
Hike, paddle, or ride in America's favorite steel town.
By foot, kayak, or on top of a Boulder, North Georgia has plenty of outside activities.
Kayak amid the reefs and sand of Virgin Islands National Park
Link two classic Southern rivers on a trek along the newly completed Benton MacKaye Trail in Tennessee and North Carolina.
Forget Sunset Boulevard. The City of Angels' abundant coastline and steep canyons will have you creating your own walk of fame.
An essential paddling tip for turning in fast water
Foliage, lazy canoe waters, and high-ride hiking make the Delaware Water Gap a prime fall destination.
Want to impress friends and family? Strap this baby to your pack.
16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.
Conquer any current with these two simple strength conditioning exercises.
Pioneer a brand-new trail in Louisiana's Atchafalaya swamp, where the gators are friendly. Really.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula has way more than big lakes. Explore it all by foot, paddle, or pedal.
Appreciate Seattle's fresh and saltwater beaches, plentiful forests, and the 27-mile urban path as much as locals after a long, wet winter.
Kayak island-to-island on the Maine coast
Idaho is full of surprises--whitewater in the country's deepest canyon, endless climbing at City of Rocks, and high, wild scrambles in the Sawtooths.
See all (or any) of northern California's three faces.
Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.
Beantowners are seeing the light at the end of the Big Dig tunnel, and it's a beautiful shade of green.
Feel mile-high by hiking foothills, paddling downtown, and pedaling Mt. Falcon Park.
Hike, climb and fish the wild Adirondacks
Canyoning, mountaineering, kayaking, and camping, Kiwi-style
Learn everything you'll ever need to know about swamps while canoeing the Everglades.
New Zealand is pretty to look at, but harsh on gear--making it just what we needed for our Kiwi challenge.
It's better than you've heard, and closer than you think. Here's how to see it all in 10 perfect days.
Big currents flowing down the Mississippi, recently-blazed trails, and howling coyotes make up only a few of the many attractions that draw crowds to this city's outskirts.
The slow boat to Alaska requires duct tape, an elastic itinerary, and a hunger for in-your-face adventure.
Discover the beauty of our most southern states by paddling down Carolina rivers, camping out beside Alabama waterfalls, and climbing a 3,792-foot summit in Georgia.
Backpack Lake Huron's shores, kayak the St. Lawrence Islands, and camp along Lake Superior
Visit this scary state forest and let your imagination run wild.
Meet these 6 Olympic hopefuls who will help you perform like a champion outdoors.
Get wet, get cold. Or stay warm with this leakproof suit.
New tools for water navigation: Strap one to your thwart, and you'll never paddle in circles again.
Canoe the wildlife-filled waters of Everglades National Park
Paddle through a timeless Mojave Desert landscape in Arizona
Only in 400,000 acres of wet backcountry will you find the oldest bird
From paddling Lake Superior to glacier-hopping in Alaska: 6 hair-raising, lung-busting adventures from America's top outfitters
Hike and canoe through the pristine springs of Missouri's Ozarks.
Get lost in the land o' lakes with 3 quiet, crowd-free trails
Paddle blue inlets too new for any topo.
Receding water levels mean more miles of choice desert hiking and kayaking.
Just minutes from Anchorage lie dozens of world-class hiking and paddling trips. This guide gives you the best, plus gear and travel tips to smooth the way.
Endless varieties of coral and birds await when you kayak the blue waters of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Visitors to Siberia's Lake Baikal encounter endless coastline, brown bears, and exotic hiking to last a lifetime.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Tennessee.
For a different wilderness experience, try floating down the river in a kayak or canoe.
Take your hike into the river with these paddling, kayaking and boating tips.
Paddle Wisconsin's Turtle-Flambeau waterway, watch the aerial show, and lay claim to your own island.
In Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, you'll walk on water -- almost.
In the 20 years since the passage of the Alaska Lands Act, nothing has changed in many of the state's wild places. And that's reason to celebrate.
History is carved in stone in this wild and scenic southern river corridor in North Carolina and Georgia.
Why huff and puff to get to an isolated campsite? Simply grab a paddle, then let the current carry you to a secluded riverside trailhead.
Too small to get much attention and a pain in the neck to reach: The perfect Wisconsin escape.
Not much company along this stretch of Deep South blackwater -- and that's just fine.
A pristine prairie river winds through a sea of corn and beans in the shadow of Chicago.
Take a lazy cruise through exotic scenery, where monkeys swing and eagles soar.
Once an impassable, swampy "ghost river," now a paddler's dream.
The hidden side of a watery Utah playground.
The current carries you through the Great Plains, where buffalo, elk -- and snapping turtles -- roam.
Wisconsin's Brule River has great rivers galore -- just don't lose your uncle's canoe.
Raft or hike this desert paradise's secretive canyons -- but don't pass up the hot springs.
Heavy forests and the roar of whitewater wait in this section of the Appalachian Mountains.
Where you'll share the mountain with curious goats and mysteries of the past.
Not your laid-back summer holiday -- canoeing and hiking galore.
A watery paradise, a hiker's secret.
Where you can look down on soaring eagles and feel the power of the Missouri River.
A water-lover's Wisconsin wonderland with forests, prairies, and the occasional eagle.
You're as likely to bump into Sasquatch as another human.
Sea kayaking might not be difficult, but follow these tips to make the most of your ocean voyages.
Wisconsin: Explore 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland shoreline where strings of cliffs and caves are bejeweled in ice.
A chaotic chorus of loon calls penetrate the darkness, the warbling sounds echoing off the wooded hills around the New Hampshire lake.
The typical Delaware River float trip offers the opportunity to spy more bald eagles than people.
Arkansas Buffalo National River features challenging trails and a river-laced wilderness.
Combine a full harvest moon with a remote island trail for the greatest show on Earth.
The bawling in the black night is the spring chorus of hooting barred owls.
Let the masses shop till they drop: On Arkansas's Ouachita River the pace is slow and easy.
The ambling Wisconsin River has only one speed: full-out relaxed.
When gently paddling amidst the mini-icebergs that grace Prince William Sound, you ponder one question: why walk?
Vancouver's Juan de Fuca Marine Trail offers the best of both worlds in a challenging and surprising 29-mile ramble.