Favorite Hikes: Big Glassy Mountain

When I have limited time, but am in the mood for a nice solo hike, I invariably turn to my childhood stomping grounds - the Carl Sandburg home. This lovely gem in Flat Rock offers the perfect balance of solitude and safety, lovely views, and…

Get $10 When You Buy a $50 Mother's Day Gift Card

Looking for a personal, thoughtful gift for Mother's Day? Give the gift of days spent outdoors and exploring new adventures with a Frugal Backpacker gift card. You can even pick up a gift for yourself in the process.For many of us, our mom…
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Tubing the French Broad: A Local’s Guide

Tubing the French Broad River is a quintessential Asheville experience, one which combines languid, fluvial enjoyment with artistic urban charm. You will float through forests, breeze past breweries, and find ample opportunity to shore up…

7 Date-Worthy Trails

There are few things as romantic as a great day outdoors - stunning overlooks, rushing falls, and the shared experience of overcoming obstacles together. Whether you're looking to hit the trail with a new crush or your main squeeze, the Asheville…

Favorite Hikes: Max Patch

Max Patch is just one of those hikes that everyone should try to do at some point in their life. It is one of the largest maintained balds in the Southern Appalachian mountain range and boasts incredible 360-degree views of equally beautiful…

Intro to Backpacking Part Two: Picking the Right Apparel

My first backpacking trip was a fiasco. Because I was inexperienced and took some rather questionable advice, I found myself in a wilderness area on a rainy weekend, with a leaky tent, wet jeans, and a sopping down sleeping bag. That experience…

Intro to Backpacking Part One: Trip Planning Basics

If you’re an avid hiker or car camper, but crave an immersive experience with mother nature, backpacking may be your perfect solution. Not sure where to start? In this series, we'll explore everything you need for a successful backpacking…

Favorite Trails: Table Rock

An iconic rock formation in the northern section of Pisgah National Forest, Table Rock is a surprisingly moderate hike and great fun to explore. You will enjoy spectacular views of Linville Gorge and the surrounding peaks.Difficulty: ModerateDistance:…

5 Romantic Hikes Near Asheville

When you live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet with fantastic access to the outdoors, top restaurants, and every type of art there is, for something romantic that’s different from your weekly routine is easy: take a hike!A…

Favorite Hikes: Black Balsam-Ivestor Gap

From the parking area for Black Balsam hop on to the Art Loeb Trail and begin your climb to Black Balsam Knob. 400 feet of elevation gain comes quickly and relaxes into a mostly flat hike as you emerge on the bald. Follow the trail north across…

Favorite Hikes: Hawksbill Mountain

The trail to Hawksbill is 1.5 mile out and back to one of the dominant peaks overlooking the beautiful Linville Gorge. At the summit, you will sit 2000 feet above the valley floor and its winding Linville River. On low haze days you can even…

Favorite Hikes: Frying Pan Mountain/Lookout Tower

All you need to do to reach one of the better views in WNC is go on this short hike that climbs to a USFS lookout tower offering 360° views of Pisgah National Forest. From the parking area follow the old gravel roadbed up towards the summit…

Winter Hiking in the North Carolina Mountains

A brisk trek with friends is one of our favorite activities during the season of staying inside. When a sunny day shines down between bouts of frosty mornings and blustery afternoons, it’s a great time to explore new trails that are harder…

503 Coats for Eblen Charities

Even after 54 years, the spirit of the mountains we call home continues to amaze. We issued a challenge to collect 300 coats during our annual Bundle Up for Good coat drive for Eblen Charities. You helped us blow past that goal by donating…
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Crew Picks: Gifting Local

Frugal Crew Member, Justin's favorite spot to get outdoors is Silver Run Falls near Cashiers – it’s a sliding rock just a short walk from Rainbow Falls, and the perfect summer swimming hole. When Justin isn't exploring local, he loves supporting…

Crew Picks: Great Gifts for Adventure Loving Gals

Frugal Crew Member, Julie loves empowering others to get outdoors. Her sage advice: "Don’t be afraid to explore new places! Take advantage of every day and brighten up your time in the Asheville area with outdoor adventuring! Just because…
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Crew Picks: Winter Hike Essentials

When he's not gearing customers up at Frugal Backpacker, Bernd spends his time exploring the trails around WNC. His favorite spot to explore is Linville Gorge. The mix of challenging trails, amazing views, and close proximity to camping and…
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Crew Picks: Basecamp Must Haves

Crew Member: Jess A.Advice for getting outdoors: Always bring a rain jacket! You can use it as a warm layer too. Leave no trace – always leave places better than you found them!Frugal Backpacker Crew Member Jess loves camping any way…

Seasonal Hours, Special Events, + Kids' Party Area

'Tis the season for friends, fun, and feeling overwhelmed! Between holiday parties, school plays, baking, and decorating, it's easy to lose track of the merry holiday feeling. Don't click that mouse or head to a big box store, though. Shop local…

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Time spent with family creating lasting memories is what the holiday season is all about. Lake Julian's 17th annual Festival of Lights is a local favorite with games, crafts, s’mores, and an impressive collections of 50 animated light displays.…

Share the Frugie Love

We think our frugal-loving friends are pretty awesome! We're showing some love to all of you frugies with exclusive access to early holiday deals. Through November 22, save 40% on the men's and women's apparel sample, footwear, and gear…
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Favorite Hikes: Looking Glass Rock

There's no rock structure in the Pisgah Ranger District quite as iconic as Looking Glass Rock. The trail is challenging, but for those willing to brave the lengthy ascent, the views from the top are an ample reward. Exercise caution…

Bundle Up for Good Coat Drive 2017

Last year, you helped us get over 200 coats to those in our community who need them most. This year, we’ve set a goal of 300 coats for Eblen Charities and you can score a discount for doing good.November 12-December 24, you’ll…

Free $10 Gear Card When You Purchases $50

Buying gift cards for friends and family members? Give a personal, thoughtful gift of adventure and get a treat for yourself in the process!Whether you've got someone on your list who's hard to shop for or you want to keep some extra gifts…

Favorite Hikes: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Loop

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a truly special place. Getting there takes some time - about 2hrs, but the opportunity to wander around it's exceedingly rare old growth hardwood is well worth the trip. Wandering around it's numerous…

Win Weekend Passes to Fall 2017 LEAF Festival

LEAF Festival has become a seasonal rite of passage for music lovers and campers in Western North Carolina. Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker are proud sponsors of this intergenerational community gathering at Lake Eden to experience…
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Favorite Hikes: Crabtree Falls

There are few things as awe-inspiring as watching water rush down a mighty waterfall while you're enveloped in fall foliage. That's what makes Crabtree Falls one of our favorite hikes for reveling in WNC's stunning fall colors.This…

Win a Pair of Merrell All Out Blaze 2 Trail Shoes

We hear people like free stuff so we’re giving away more of it this year! Make sure you’re signed up for our super duper fly emails to make sure you don’t miss any contests.Merrell was started to make "the best hiking boots ever…

Labor Day = Spend Less. Play More.

Labor Day is right around the corner. While it might signal the unofficial end of summer for some, frugies know the best deals on outdoor gear, shoes, and clothing happen this weekend. Stop in for the best selection and be sure to check out…

Donate Your Eclipse Glasses

As Monday's total solar eclipse passed through Western North Carolina, it offered a rare moment for friends and families to collectively enjoy an unique outdoors experience. In the days leading up to the big event, eclipse glasses were the hottest…

Your Total Solar Eclipse Checklist

Your opportunity to experience a rare total solar eclipse in western North Carolina arrives on Monday, August 21. To make sure you’re prepared and packed for totality, the experts at Frugal Backpacker have assembled this helpful checklist.…

Win a Pair of KEEN Shoes, Sandals, or Boots

We hear people like free stuff so we’re giving away more of it this year! Make sure you’re signed up for our super duper fly emails to make sure you don’t miss any contests.KEEN is one of our favorite outdoor brands. Not only do…

3 Tips for Traveling Frugally

Travel, especially international travel, is a perennial wish list topper for most adventure lovers, but is all too often brushed aside by budget concerns. As an avid traveler on a budget, I can relate. But, if done properly, international travel…

Win an Osprey Pack

We hear people like free stuff so we’re giving away more of it this year! Make sure you’re signed up for our super duper fly emails to make sure you don't miss any contests.July is the best month to enjoy a summer hike and Osprey makes…

Favorite Hikes: Skinny Dip Falls

If you’re looking for a fun family afternoon in the great outdoors, check out one of our favorite hikes for a summertime splash - Skinny Dip Falls. This short hike to an idyllic falls and swimming hole on the Yellowstone Prong of the Big East…

4 Tips for Raising Kids Who Love the Outdoors

The struggle is real. Between busy schedules and the prevalence of digital entertainment, fewer and fewer kids are spending any significant time outside. Sadly, we’re seeing the results in the form of rising rates of obesity, depression, and…

Win Passes to The Gorge in Saluda, NC

We hear people like free stuff so we’re giving away more of it this year! Make sure you’re signed up for our super duper fly emails to make sure you don't miss any contests. This month, we've got an awesome package from two western North…

Favorite Hikes: Pink Beds

If a relatively easy hike that still offers some distance and stunning views of rare flora sounds like your perfect afternoon, you've gotta check out the Pink Beds Loop hike in Pisgah. Named after the rare pink swamp lily, this fun and…

Nearly 50% Off Kelty Tents

FLASH SALE: Save big on the Kelty Gunnison family of tents on Friday, May 5! For a limited time, score the Kelty Gunnison 1.3, 2.3, 3.3, or 4.3 for nearly 50% off MSRP. The Kelty Gunnison family of tents offer ample space and great design…

Win a Kelty Pack + Hiking Poles

We hear people like free stuff so we’re giving away more of it this year! Make sure you’re signed up for our super duper fly emails to make sure you don't miss any contests.Kelty was one of the first companies to produce an external-frame…

3 Tips for the Stargazing Beginner

Western North Carolina is renowned as a haven of outdoor beauty. Our night skies are no exception; Asheville’s relatively low level of light pollution and easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway make it an ideal spot for seeking fantastic…

WNC Trail Triple Crown Challenge

We’ve partnered with our friends at Asheville Trails and Diamond Brand Outdoors for the WNC Trail Triple Crown Challenge.Visit Frugal Backpacker or any Diamond Brand Outdoors location to check out the awesome new Asheville Trails…

Favorite Hikes: John Rock

The unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing in WNC this winter has us jonesing for a day on the trail. One of our favorite spots for a long-ish hike with a serious payoff at the end is John Rock. This fairly steep hike to…

Winter Hiking in the North Carolina Mountains

It may be a little hard to imagine layering up for a winter hike with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve seen over the past few weeks, but a chilly trek with friends is one of my favorite activities during the season of staying inside. When…

Favorite Hikes: Mount Pisgah

We're all too familiar with the winter challenge of trying to squeeze in a quick after-work hike before the sun sets. That's why we're always happy to find an enjoyable but relatively close to town hike like Mount Pisgah, that's. A 3-mile round…

Thanks for Donating Over 200 Coats

Thanks for helping us collect over 200 coats for Eblen Charities. As the lowest temperatures of winter hit the mountains, they'll make sure they make it to those in our community who need them the most.During November and December, we joined…

Crew Essentials: Top Outdoor Gifts for Campers

Camden’s a crew member here at Frugal Backpacker. He shares his top gift ideas for your favorite outdoor enthusiasts.My favorite hike is Alum Cave in the Smokies. I love it because I helped build that trail and that view is my…

A $10 Bonus with Gift Card Purchases This Year

We want you to have a great time during the holiday season and welcome you back in 2017. That's why we'll be giving you a bonus $10 gear card for every $50 of gift cards you purchase between November 25-December 24, 2016. Your bonus gear cards…

$10 Gear Card For Donating Supplies For Firefighters

The past few weeks have been devastating for our local forests with an estimated 45,000+ acres burning due to severe drought. The North Carolina Forest Service says it may take until January to contain all the fires. Luckily, firefighters…

Get 20% Off During Eblen Charities Coat Drive

Last year, you helped us get over 400 coats to those in our community who need them most. This year, we’ve set a goal of 450 coats for Eblen Charities and you can score a discount for doing good.November 19-December 24, you’ll receive…

Backpacker Bucks Return November 1-23

We're bringing Backpacker Bucks back from November 1-23 as a way to thank you for your support throughout the year.How do Backpacker Bucks work?We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible. For every $100 in merchandise (before sales…

Backcountry Cooking

One thing we’ve found to be almost invariably true is that people who love the outdoors also love food. Food is, after all, one of life’s pleasures, and is rarely appreciated more than when you can dig into a hot and satisfying meal around…
Jackets and Hats

What Are Samples, Anyway?

Short Answer: Samples are current season items from top brands that we make available below MSRP.But seriously, where do they come from? Producing high quality clothing is an involved process. About a year before you see items hit stores,…

Favorite Hikes: Craggy Gardens

If you want the reward of a beautiful view without an arduous hike, look no further than Craggy Gardens. A short 1.4 mile hike provides you with postcard perfect 365 degree mountain views. The views are particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset…

Outdoor Safety Basics

We truly live in an outdoor paradise. WNC offers hundreds of beautiful hiking trails and breathtaking overlooks. But to make the most out of your adventure, it’s vital to be well prepared and think about a few essentials for a rewarding (and…
Windpouch

It’s a couch, it’s a hammock, it’s crazy relaxing, it’s Windpouch

No item has dominated the outdoor lifestyle industry like the hammock. These perennial favorites are a staple of festivals, campsites, and just about anywhere else that outdoor enthusiasts can be found. With their immense popularity, it’s…

Win Tickets to Teatro del Gusto at the Orange Peel, July 24th

{{ ENTER HERE }}The Orange Peel and the creators of ABSfest return for the 3rd annual Teatro del Gusto, a uniquely Asheville performance celebrating circus cabaret, local food, and live music. Enjoy a delicious evening -- complete with…

Frugal Finds for Fathers Under $30

We've entered the final countdown to Fathers Day 2016. Here's our team's top picks for last minute gifts under $30. Of course, gift cards are another great option. You can get them in any amount and they never expire.We've recently changed…

Backpacking Basics: How to Fit a Pack

Western North Carolina is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Gorgeous views, rugged terrain, and temperate weather make it ideal for a variety of outdoor pursuits, including backpacking. However, nothing ruins an adventure as quickly as an…

Win Tickets to the Kruger Brothers in Asheville

Orange Peel Events welcomes the Kruger Brothers to the Sanctuary at Central Methodist Church (27 Church St in Downtown Asheville) on Friday, June 24, at 8pm. Frugal Backpacker is giving away a pair of tickets to see the bluegrass/folk/classical…

NPO 100 Great Smoky Mtns

We're celebrating National Parks Week from April 16-24. The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates an important milestone this year: 100 years of the National Park Service Organic Act. Today, the NPS manages 401 park units and attendance hit…

Music Monday Josh Ritter

You don't want to miss the excellent folk pop show coming to the Orange Peel May 18th: 98.1 the River presents Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band. Josh Ritter's storytelling style of songwriting calls to mind greats of the modern music age…

NPO 100 Blue Ridge Parkway

On August 25, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates an important milestone: 100 years of the National Park Service Organic Act. Today, the NPS manages 401 park units and attendance hit a peak last year. While we’ve got easy access to…