Entries by Frugal Backpacker

Favorite Hikes: Bear Cove Trail

Devils Fork State State Park is best known for the beautiful Lake Jocassee. But even if you don’t have a boat, there’s still plenty to do. Bear Cove Trail takes you out to the point of a cove on the lake. It’s a great place for a mid-hike swim or a sunset! Length: 2.0 miles […]

Favorite Hikes: Raven Cliff Falls

As a native son of the Upstate, Frugal staffer, Isaac knows a thing or two about local trails. One of his favorite hiking destinations is Raven Cliff Falls. If you’re looking for an easy hike with picturesque views, Raven Cliff Overlook Trail is a great choice. The terminus of this gentle 3.8 mile out-and-back is […]

Our Fav Gifts for Dad

Finding the perfect gift for dad got you stumped? We asked our team to share what’s on their list for dad this year. Here’s 8 of our favorite gift ideas. Columbia Mesh Ball Cap – $25.00 This cap is perfect for offering a little extra sun protection during dad’s favorite outdoor activities. – Mike, Frugal […]

Partying for Wildlife Education

Have you heard about Bears Bees + Brews? This grassroots community project was founded when a local resident decided to do something about the heated issue of urban black bears in western North Carolina. This nonprofit project seeks to inspire people and raise awareness about wildlife conservation, in a fun and non-judgemental way.  We had the opportunity […]

3 Fantastic Spring Picnics

Sunny spring days have us in the mood for some outside time. And when we say “outside time” we’re not talking about a quick lunch break or a short hike, we mean a full on day of frolicking, relaxing, and picnicking in the great outdoors. Here are 3 of our picks for spring picnic adventures. […]

Crew Picks for Mom

Is there anything more elusive than a perfect Mother’s Day gift? Your mom is a pretty special lady, so you want something that celebrates her unique brand of awesomeness. But you also want a gift that’s practical enough that she’ll actually use it. Never fear, our team of gear experts has gotten pretty good at […]

3 Great Upstate Spots to Hit the Water

The sunny days and balmy temps that we’ve been enjoying this month have us itching for a relaxing day on the water. Fortunately, the Greenville area is full of beautiful lakes, rivers, and even has a fantastic blueway. Here are three of our favorite spots for paddling in the upstate. Lake Jocassee Location: Oconee County. Why […]

9 Earth Friendly Outdoor Products

As outdoor lovers, we want products that both perform and take care of the earth. Here are nine of Frugal Crew Member, Mac’s favorite outdoor products with serious green credibility. Sun Bum Sunscreen Sun Bum Sunscreen is one of the best natural sunscreens on the market. It is free of a lot of harmful chemicals […]

Pollinator Friendly Gardening Tips

Why Plant for Pollinators? In recent years due to high levels of pesticides many bees have become endangered, all are at risk. Many estimate bees have plummeted by upwards of 30%, others say it is much higher. You can take action in your own backyard by planting items that bees are likely to visit. Bees […]

Frugal Finds for Spring Training

Sunny days and late sunsets make for epic long runs. If your time outdoors has you ready to train for your next 5k or maybe bust into ultra territory, we’ve got the gear you need at frugal prices. Check out our top picks below, and stop by to shop our awesome selection of running shoes, […]