What You Need to Know About Attending the Asheville Outdoor Show

The Asheville Outdoor Show makes its annual appearance on September 17 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Salvage Station. Since we're at a new spot, we figured you might have some questions. We've got answers.LocationSalvage Station is located…

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Hiking Biltmore

Intro Famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the grounds at Biltmore with visitors in mind. Flowers, shrubbery, and trees were his brush strokes as he intended the landscape to resemble a "walk through painting." If you are…
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Trail Running Big Creek Trail

Intro The Big Creek/Spencer Gap/Shut-In loop is an excellent trail run in the heart of South Pisgah. The tour begins at the rim of the Mills River Valley and drops down into a forgotten corner of the North Mills area. A long steady climb up…
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Hiking Big Creek Trail

Intro When we take the time to relax beside the roaring waters of an Appalachian stream something incredible happens to our psyche. The roaring thunder of the water drowns out all the worries and doubts you carried with you from “real life”…
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Hiking Waterrock Knob

Intro On the crest of the Plott Balsam range, at an elevation of 6,292’, stands the majestic Waterrock Knob. The Blue Ridge Parkway climbs high up the sides of Waterrock Knob to within a few hundred feet of its’  summit. Where the Parkway…
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Hiking Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain

The Appalachian Mountains, the oldest mountain range in the world, is a crown jewel of the American wilderness. Grandfather Mountain, which lies just outside of Boone, North Carolina and boasts four separate summits of rippled rock and stunted…
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10 Best Hikes in Asheville

You're holed up at a coffee shop in downtown Asheville, sipping an espresso and pouring over a stack of trail guides. What would you like to do today—summit the East coast's highest peak, or explore the East Coast's deepest canyon? Scramble…
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Hiking Looking Glass Rock

Intro Dare we say that Looking Glass Rock suffers from Half Dome syndrome? It's prominent presence can be seen from virtually all viewpoints within the Pisgah National Forest. The granite walls of this 600’ Rock Pluton beckon adventurers…
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Hiking John Rock Loop

Intro The 5-mile John Rock Loop is a hike that, on a clear day, affords some of the most stunning views of Pisgah's wilderness and mountains. The hike takes you to the top of John Rock, which is a large open face that you stare at as you climb.After…
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Hiking Shining Rock

Intro In the heart of the Shining Rock Wilderness, high atop the Great Balsam Mountains, stands a peak of other-worldly beauty. Locals consider Shining Rock to be the “crown jewel” of the Appalachians. An elaborate network of Quartzite…
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Hiking Art Loeb Trail

Intro Art Loeb was a man who “deeply loved these mountains.” If you travel to the highest point on the trail bearing his namesake you will see a weathered plaque commemorating these words. On a clear day, from this high point, you will…
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Playing in the Pisgah: How to Spend a Weekend in Western Carolina

It's no secret that the mountains of Western North Carolina have a wide array of wonderful places to live and play. With vibrant mountain towns like Boone, Brevard, and Asheville, as well as well-preserved national forests and serpentine scenic…
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Hiking Rumbling Bald

Intro Rumbling Bald, about 25 miles from downtown Asheville, is really the must see climbing area of western North Carolina. It's one of the biggest and best bouldering destinations in the southeast, if not the country, offering literally hundreds…
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Hiking Black Balsam Knob

Intro Bald is beautiful. Especially when referring to the grassy bald known as Black Balsam. A short ramble through a fragrant forest of Balsam Fir trees leads you to panoramic views atop the Great Balsam Mountains on this high country adventure.…
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Hiking to the Top of Looking Glass Rock

Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest, Looking Glass Rock is an iconic natural presence that beckons climbers and hikers from all over. For trail runners and hikers, it's one of the top 10 hikes around the city of Asheville (which is saying…
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Hiking DuPont Forest

Intro DuPont State Recreational Forest is a beautiful 10,000-acre outdoor playground in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With roughly 80 miles of multi-use trails meandering through dense forests, alongside mountain lakes, and next to cascading waterfalls,…
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5 Most Photogenic Landscapes Near Asheville

What are the Blue Ridge Mountains besides an immense exhibition of natural beauty: wide-open vistas overlooking an ocean of rolling mountain peaks, rivers of whitewater and clear pools with wildflowers clustered at the banks, sunlight catching…
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5 Outdoor Dates to Enjoy in the Blue Ridge This Fall

It is a well-documented phenomenon that romance flourishes in the outdoors, particularly in autumn, when chilly temperatures flood us with relief from the sweltering summer. Maybe it’s the brisk wind that pinks the cheeks and sparkles the…
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How to Spend a Weekend Climbing at Rumbling Bald

Once again, nature generously provided us with the dry, crisp and sunny fall days in the southeast that climbers wait for all summer. Crunchy leaves under your feet, high friction rock under your hands, and foot jibs that feel like glue. In…
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10 Family-Friendly Summer Adventures Around Asheville

Summer days are long and should be filled from sunup to sundown with adventures and enriching outdoor activities. Now is the season for children to get their hands dirty, to chase frogs and climb trees, to hear songbirds and eat freshly picked…

5 Waterfall Swimming Holes in Western North Carolina

Tucked deep inside the forests and gorges of Western North Carolina are hundreds of wild swimming holes and natural water parks. We've already brought you five of our favorites, but that was only a small taste of what the Blue Ridge has to offer.…
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Top 5 Swimming Holes Near Asheville

The West coast may have hot springs and glacier-fed lakes, but here in the sultry Southeast we have our swimming holes — and we're damn proud of them. Just listen to the Top 40 Country Countdown: people are always jumping into water, fishing…
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A Quick and Dirty Guide to the Best Hiking in Asheville

A voluminous network of trails spiderweb the mountains that surround Asheville. Soaring ridge lines, breathtaking views, and an epic array of terrain have long established this city as one of the hiking epicenters of the country.The tireless…
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4 Epic All-Day Hikes Near Asheville

Despite your alarm going off before it's even light out, despite the relentless climbs and knee-shaking descents that seem to go on forever, you know it's worth it. That moment when the sheltering forest gives way to soaring summit views is…
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5 Refreshing Trail Runs Near Asheville

The days are starting to feel a little shorter, and the copper-hued afternoons of autumn loom just around the corner. You know you should be logging some mountain miles and soaking up the last leg of summer, but we get it—finding the motivation…
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Mt. Pisgah Campground

Intro Mt. Pisgah Campground is located high atop the Pisgah Ledge at Flat Laurel Gap off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Centered amongst the wonders of the Pisgah National Forest, at an elevation of 5,000’, the Mt. Pisgah campground is ideally…
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Hiking Graveyard Fields

Intro The etymology behind Graveyard Fields is somewhat smoky. Centuries ago massive wind storms uprooted a once prominent spruce forest in this 5,000’ high, hanging valley. Root balls from the uprooted trees slowly decayed and overtime left…
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Hiking Chimney Rock State Park

Intro Chimney Rock State Park is one of the most iconic outdoor destinations in the state of North Carolina. From the top of the ancient rock face for which the park is named, visitors can witness amazing views of Lake Lure and the sweeping…
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Hiking Craggy Gardens

Intro One of the closest hikes to Asheville with the best long-range views is Craggy Gardens at Milemarker 364.1 off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Because of its easy access, this is a popular spot and although its never exactly ‘crowded,’ you…
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30 Reasons Why Autumn Is the Best Season to Get Outside in Asheville

The color experts predict our warm, dry winter and wet, temperate summer have set ideal conditions for a bright and healthy 2017 fall color show in the North Carolina mountains. Dr. Howard S. Neufeld, professor of biology and the "fall color…

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…

Save Up to 50% at Our Labor Day Sale

Kids are back in school, the first hint of cooler fall weather has arrived, and we're already planning to explore these 5 Fire Towers in Western North Carolina between now and Halloween. Before you hit Labor Day cookouts, stop by our biggest…

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…

Demo + Clearance Boat Sale

Kids are heading back to classes and Labor Day is on the horizon. That means it's time for our annual BIG Boat Sale. Don't miss out on the chance to score major savings! We also have lots of accessories on sale including 25% off our entire stock…

Solar Eclipse Glasses Refund

If you purchased solar eclipse glasses at Diamond Brand Outdoors or Frugal Backpacker between August 2-August 4, we recommend you DO NOT use them to view the sun or eclipse. While we were told these are ISO certified, we have been notified…

7 Tips for Packing Light

Repeat after me: traveling light is very important. Why, especially if your destination allows you to check bags for free, is it worth the effort to pack light? Packing light can be the difference between a great vacation and a lot of bag schlepping.…

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 Diamond Brand Outdoors have assembled this helpful checklist.…

Win a Pair of Keen Shoes, Boots, or Sandals

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…

What You Need to Know About August's Total Solar Eclipse

Are you ready for the Great American Total Solar Eclipse? It’s rapidly approaching, hitting us full force this coming August 21. Millions of people will be traveling to see the moon cover the sun and all the crazy extras that go along with…
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5 One-of-a-Kind Cabins, Cottages, and Yurts Near Asheville

Chilly days, chillier nights and rain showers may deter you from planning a camping trip, but there’s no reason to stay at home. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or a local just looking to change up the scenery, a host of cozy cabins,…
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5 Fire Towers to Explore in Western Carolina

It's hard to deny the lure of mountain fire towers, with their place in history as guardians of the forest, and the intrigue of the solitary, beatnik existence of the watchmen who were once posted within them. Like lighthouses, these imposing…
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48 Hours of Adventure: The Ultimate Weekend Getaway in Jackson County

Filled with sylvan streams winding through vast swathes of contiguous wilderness and crowned by the cloud-swaddled peaks of the southern Appalachians, Jackson County, North Carolina, is awash with natural wonders. Beyond the stunning backdrop,…

July-ber Monday Deals

Are you ready for July-ber Monday? Use Click + Collect to browse items online and pick them up in our stores every Monday in July. When you pick them up, we'll take 20% off (some exclusions)!It's summer in Western North Carolina and that…
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Backpacking North Carolina's Linville Gorge Loop

It was our last day in the Linville Gorge. We were supposed to be back to our car by 3:00 p.m., but by 4:00 p.m. we were still three miles away. We had stopped to eat lunch when a couple of hikers came up from a spur trail and asked us if they…
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Best Spots for Camping Under the Stars: Backpacking Your Way Through Jackson County

Western North Carolina's varied landscape is a veritable buffet for backpackers. Nestled at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, overlaid by the Plott Balsam and Great Balsam mountains, and loaded with strings of soaring 6,000-foot…

Win this Epic Stanley Outdoor Prize Pack

Not much beats a day on the water with friends, but we've partnered with Stanley to make any day spent outdoors even better. Purchase any kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) before July 31 for your chance to win the epic prize pack below,…

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…
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Blue Ridge Parkway: Favorite Hiking Trails Near Asheville

Winding, twisting, curving and carving through the landscape, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels some of western North Carolina’s most scenic terrain. This 469-mile, all-American road meanders through Asheville, offering access to some exceptional…

4 Tips for Fishing in the Dark

Summer’s arrived in western North Carolina and a very wet spring means mountain rivers and streams are higher and faster than they were last year. While that’s a welcome change, the longer days and higher temperatures of July and August…

7 Days of Summer Sale

We're celebrating summer's arrival with seven days of of our best deals of the season. There's no better place to be than under a mountain summer sky or on a western North Carolina river during the season that's all about enjoying the outdoors.…
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8 Off the Beaten Path Festivals in the Southeast

Perhaps Coachella sold out before you could say Beyoncé, you just can’t imagine fighting the crowds at Bonnaroo for one more year, or maybe you’d rather hang out riverside than beachside. No matter what the reason, we understand your desire…
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A Guide to 15 of the South's Best Places to Paddle

Southern author Eugene F. Walter once wrote, "summer in the deep South is not only a season, a climate, it's a dimension. Floating in it, one must be either proud or submerged." Perhaps this explains why the waters here are so well-explored…
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8 of the Best Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains may be known for their enchanting mist and spectacular views, but these rounded peaks have another claim to fame: they are home to waterfalls of all shapes and sizes. There’s nothing quite like kicking off your shoes…
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5 Finds for Dad Under $50

Father's Day is coming up fast, and we think the guy who taught you to love the outdoors deserves a gift as adventurous as he is. To get your creative juices flowing, we've put together a list of our favorite gifts that dad will actually use.…

Win $100 When You Shop

Summer's here and the time is right for you to check out women's new arrivals! Over the past several seasons, top players in the outdoor apparel market have spent time into specifically designing clothing, gear, packs, PFDs, and hiking boots to…
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An Insider's Guide to Panthertown Valley: The Yosemite of the East

Although big cats no longer prowl the 6,295-acre swath of the Nantahala National Forest dubbed Panthertown Valley, it’s still easy to imagine the namesake predators roaming the sylvan trails. One of the most stunning and ruggedly wild tracts…

Soar Above the Green River Gorge

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…
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The Best Day Hikes on the Mountains to Sea Trail

Ask someone their favorite part about living in North Carolina, and a likely response will touch on the accessibility of both mountains and ocean. From mile-high peaks to rolling farmland to wind-swept sand dunes, the Tarheel State is, indeed,…

5 Furniture Favs for Outdoor Relaxation

From festivals, to barbecues, to concerts, to general chilling, a comfy place to perch is one of those little luxuries that makes for an enjoyable summer adventure. Our outdoor furniture favorites range from lightweight to luxurious, and will…

7 Great Gifts for Mom $30 + Under

With Mother's Day right around the corner, you're probably thinking about what you can do to say "thanks" to someone as special as your Mom. To give you some gifting inspiration, we've given our product team a challenge: find a gift that celebrates…

5 Summer Things to Do in Western North Carolina

Our little corner of the world offers amazing access to the outdoors, music and art, picturesque mountain main streets, and the best friends and neighbors anyone could ask for. While you may be headed to the beach or out of town for a summer…

Win a Pair of La Sportiva Shoes

2017 is the year of giveaways! We're giving away awesome prizes every month and May's giveaway is no exception.La Sportiva was founded in 1928 by Narciso Delladio in Italy. He started his business by manufacturing boots and clogs…

Kayak Fishing: Paddle vs. Pedal

Many of us got into kayak fishing because of its affordability, ease of entry, and overall simplicity. It’s also an eco-friendly way to have fun and get exercise. With the addition of pedal drives becoming more prevalent, choosing your next…

5 Women's on the Water Essentials

Asheville’s easy access to the French Broad River and other great waterways make it an ideal spot for watersports, as the increasing popularity of kayaking and paddleboarding can attest. As these activities gain in overall popularity, more…

4 New Gear Arrivals

With the start of spring, tons of new gear is hitting the floor at DBO. From rainwear, to footwear, to packs, + more, our gear experts have been busy hitting the trails to give all of our cool new stuff a try. Below are just a few of our fav…

Win a Kelty Daypack + 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.April is Hiking Month at Diamond Brand Outdoors and Kelty has…

Bring Us Your Gently Used Gear

Need some motivation to start spring cleaning? We're offering a chance to clean out your closets and replace that old backpack or tent with something new. Outdoor companies continue to innovate with new technologies, fabrics, and fits. This…

WNC Trail Triple Crown Challenge

April is Hiking Month at Diamond Brand Outdoors, and we want you to hike, run, bike, and explore the outdoors! We’ve partnered with our friends at Asheville Trails for the WNC Trail Triple Crown Challenge.Visit any Diamond Brand…

Asheville's Urban Trail

Ask your neighbor to describe the Great Outdoors and you’ll get plenty of answers peppered with words like “trees,” “trails,” “rivers,” “sky,” and other hallmarks of untamed areas. You’re a lot less likely to get a description…

Campapalooza 2017 Discounts + Special Buys

Campapalooza returns to our flagship store in South Asheville's Parkway Center (1378 Hendersonville Road) Saturday with free workshops, clinics, and hikes, as well as education grants to local nonprofits thanks to partnerships with Patagonia…

Workshops, Hikes, + Demos Announced for Campapalooza

Campapalooza returns to our flagship store on March 18 from 10:00-4:00, offering the opportunity to explore the latest trends in camping, upgrade your personal camping collection, and learn from outdoor experts. It's a way for us to celebrate…

Asheville GreenWorks Receives Columbia/Grassroots Belay Grant

We're excited to announce our support of Asheville GreenWorks' Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP) with a grant for $6,000 through a partnership with Columbia Sportswear and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. Connecting teens with their…

Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Asheville in March

March equinox brings spring to the mountains on March 20. The month is named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare, and…

Hammock Camping 101

Western North Carolina has been ahead of the curve when it comes to hammocks, most likely thanks to ENO’s headquarters being located in Asheville. You’ve probably got friends who leave their hammock up year round on their porch or backyard.…

$6,000 for Local Youth Environmental Education

We believe the outdoors are for everyone. That's why we teamed up with Patagonia to award $6,000 to area programs that support environmental and stewardship education for local kids and teens. You helped us by voting in the Winter of Love poll…

Valentine's Favorites Under $40

Whether you're on a tight budget or just looking for a little something extra to share with your Valentine, there's no need to resign yourself to cliche candy + flowers. We've put together a list of our fav gifts under $40 that are the perfect…

New At DBO: Liquid Logic Kayaks

For years, Liquid Logic has been the name to beat in the whitewater kayaking scene. Their feature innovative designs, and their industry leading “Bad Ass Outfitting” has long been recognized as the most comfortable ride out there. They also…

200 Coats for Eblen Charities

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…

We're 2017's Best Outdoor Shop

After more than 85,000 votes, Diamond Brand Outdoors has been named Best Outdoor Shop in Blue Ridge Outdoors' annual roundup of readers' favorite places, people, events, businesses, and organizations. We're excited to be recognized by the definitive…

Crew Essentials: Gear for Traveling Smarter

My favorite outdoor memory is a summer camping trip to the Republic of Khakasia on the southwestern edge of Siberia. Traveling to the lake, it was fascinating to watch the landscape transform from dense Siberian forest to vast Central Asian…

Crew Essentials: Family Hiking in the Mountains of North Carolina

As a new Dad, 'traditions' are often on my mind. Making certain my daughter lives an active outdoor lifestyle is paramount. Every New Year's, the family hits the trails. With a 17 month old, the distance tends to differ drastically. Here is…

Resolve to Get Outdoors in 2017

The turn of the year means 2016 is in the books—and for many of us, it can’t come a moment too soon. The end of a year usually brings a time of self-reflection, a time to get our priorities in line and make a plan for improvement. That seems…

30% Off Kayaks

Our 2017 fleet of kayaks and SUPs are starting to show up. To make room, we've taken 30% off of some of our boats from the previous year. These are great boats and offer a fantastic chance for anyone wanting to upgrade, start the sport, or get…

Crew Essentials: Top Outdoor Gifts for Men

My favorite hike is Alum Cave in the Smokies. I love it because I helped build that trail and that view is my favorite ever.Camden's a crew member at Frugal Backpacker, our sibling store ocated in Asheville's Westgate Plaza on 52 Westgate…

Crew Essentials: Top Gifts for Hitting the Town

My most memorable outdoor moment would be the first summer I spent as a raft guide. It was filled with gnarly whitewater, midnight bonfire parties, everlasting friendships, and a different adventure everyday. Mia's a crew member at our store…

20% Off Most Requested Gifts for Women

Each year, certain items show themselves to be customer favorites. To make holiday wish lists come true, we've taken 20% off on some of these giftable items for women.KEEN Elsa boot — Now $128 Reg. $160 From tapping maple trees…

Gifts for Anglers

Kayak fishing has taken off in Western North Carolina in 2016 as a relaxing and affordable way to get off the bank and access remote waters. Kayaks offer a stealth means of approaching easily spooked fish. It has gained popularity locally due…

Crew Essentials: Top Gifts for Hiking in the Mountains of North Carolina

My first solo winter hike in the Smokies 37 years ago: my last night out at Silers Bald shelter, full moon shining on a snowy landscape. I see a fox sitting outside the shelter, looking in at me. We sit and watch each other for what must have…

30% Off Gifts for Those Who Adventure

We've seen 52 holiday seasons at Diamond Brand Outdoors (so far). Each year, perennial favorites pop up on shoppers' lists. Through the end of the year, we've taken 30% off on some of those items so you can give the gift of shared hikes, exploring…

Crew Essentials: Top Outdoor Gifts for Women

Brittany is a Crew Leader at Diamond Brand Outdoors in South Asheville's Parkway Center. Here are her picks for top gifts for women this season."My most memorable outdoor experience would be my first trip in the Smokies. Rachel, a fellow…

Meet the Awesome 8!

The Awesome 8 is a chance to grab stocking stuffers for everyone on your list — or get something special for yourself. The savings last for just one day and are available in stores while they last. Make sure you grab them before they vanish!Awesome…

How to Shop Local (In Your PJ's)

While the holiday season is a time of joy, it can also be a time of stress and business. Add searching for the perfect gift and, well, it's mighty tempting to do all of your holiday shopping online. At DBO, we've come up with the perfect solution…

Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Asheville in December

Even though summer hung around longer than usual, we’re lucky to enjoy four distinct seasons in our little corner of the world. Every season is a great season to live in Asheville, but holidays in the mountains carry a special charm all their…

Corporate Discount on Gift Cards for Clients, Staff, and Friends

This year, let clients, colleagues, and everyone on your list know you appreciate them in a personal, thoughtful way — and one that’s incredibly affordable. A Diamond Brand Outdoors gift card is the gift of memories and experiences that…

Bonus $10 Gear Card for Every $50 Gift Card Purchase

'Tis the season to shop fa-la-la-la-local! When you're Western North Carolina's original and oldest outdoor lifestyle store, you get to know the awesome folks who shop with you each year.We want you to have a great time during the holiday…

Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Asheville November 14-20

Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree near Asheville Pick the perfect Christmas tree for you home and have a great holiday outing at one of the “choose and cut” Christmas Tree Farms near Asheville. You select the tree…they cut it, bale…

Annual Coat Drive for Eblen Charities Kicks Off November 19

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 20%…

Big Super Saturday Brings Big Names Together for a Good Cause

Join us for Big Super Saturday, a full day celebrating the simple things we can do with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. The free event features live music, giveaways, apple cider, outdoor treats, contests, and more. In the spirit…

DBO Round-Up Raises $400 for Brother Wolf

We’re proud to share that with your help we have raised $395.44 in just over two weeks for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue!October 15-31, we offered shoppers the opportunity to round up their total to the nearest dollar amount to support…

Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Asheville November 7-13

What does 'Adventure is Local' mean? It means we live in an awesome place where the next chance to explore is just around the corner, on a still-unexplored trail, or out with friends at a concert. Here are our top picks for getting outside this…

Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Asheville November 1-6

What does 'Adventure is Local' mean? It means we live in an awesome place where the next chance to explore is just around the corner, on a still-unexplored trail, or out with friends at a concert. Here are our top picks for getting outside this…

Get $20 for Every $100 in November

We think our customers are the best around. To thank you for your support during the year, we're giving away Diamond Dollars from November 1-23.How do Diamond Dollars work?We've tried to keep it as simple as possible. For every $100…

Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Asheville October 20-23

What does Adventure is Local mean? It means we live in an awesome place where the next chance to explore is just around the corner, on a still-unexplored trail, or out with friends at a concert. Here are our top picks for getting outside this…

Free Socks Every Saturday in October

Summer's fading fast in the rearview mirror and crisp weather has us eager for fall hikes. As new fall hikers and boots arrive at the stores, we thought this would be the perfect time to introduce everyone to FITS, high performance socks made…

DBO Round Up for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

We opened our first store in the Asheville area in 1964. From the very beginning, working with the community and other local businesses has been the bedrock of our success. Our team of outdoor experts still prefers to work one-on-one with…

Our New Book Club Focuses on the Outdoors

We’re excited to announce the Diamond Brand Outdoors Book Club. Hosted by Brittany States, we will meet the first weekend of each month to discuss the previous month's book, answer questions, and talk about our next book. Come to connect…

October is Fall Hiking Month

Clear skies, crisp air, and vibrant colors of red, orange, and purple mean fall is here in the mountains. We're welcoming it all month with free hikes and clinics; daily arrivals of the latest apparel, shoes, and boots; and the satisfaction…

Fall Kayak Fishing Basics

The sun is setting on the summer of 2016. September is here and brings with it the start of the fall kayak fishing season. With the exception of a few weeks in from the latter half of June to the start of August, western North Carolina anglers…

Fall Footwear Checklist (Casual Edition)

With fall just around the corner it’s time to sip on something pumpkin flavored and bust out the boots. With fresh shipments from Sorel, Salewa, Keen, and Chaco arriving weekly, we’ve haven't been able to resist adding a few new pairs to…

More of Your Favorites Announced for the Asheville Outdoor Show

We couldn’t be more ecstatic to announce the final list of those of you can expect to see at the Asheville Outdoor Show. It's a group of instantly-recognizable leaders in the outdoor industry, as well as locally-based gear companies who…

Additional Vendors, Entertainment Announced for Asheville Outdoor Show

The wait is over! We're happy to join Frugal Backpacker in announcing the entertainment and second set of vendors for the Asheville Outdoor Show. Another bonus announcement: the first 300 attendees will receive a commemorative insulated cooler,…

New at DBO: Easy Going Styles from Prana

Among our staff Prana has become a go-to brand. They combine a modern outdoor vibe with some of the most comfortable and durable materials on the market, to create clothing that will instantly become your favorite. Needless to say, we were thrilled…

Our New Sign in Downtown Asheville is as Local as it Gets!

We opened our first store in the Asheville area in 1964. From the very beginning, working with the community and other local businesses has been the bedrock of our success. Our team of outdoor experts still prefers to work one-on-one with…

We're Expanding the Asheville Outdoor Show This Year

We're excited to join Frugal Backpacker to announce the first round of vendors for the Asheville Outdoor Show. In its second year, the free public expo brings top innovators from the most popular outdoor companies to recreation enthusiasts…

New at DBO: Bamboo (It's Not Just for Pandas Anymore)

Those of us who love the outdoors tend to expect a lot from our clothing. We play hard, so we need clothing that breathes, wicks, insulates, and is virtually indestructible, all while looking good. To live up to our rather high standards, a…

New at DBO: Harness the Power of the Sun

Remember the good old days when outdoor adventure meant unplugging? For modern adventurers, electronics are an essential piece of kit. From safety to convenience, having powered up electronics is a good idea. Think keeping in touch with loved…

New at DBO: Water (and Town) Ready Footwear from Astral

From fantastic paddling to river parks, Asheville has plenty of opportunities to hit the water, and the unseasonably warm forecast this week has us dying to get our toes wet. It doesn’t hurt that we’ve just received a shipment of water ready…

Pursuit of Happiness: July 4 Must Haves

There's nothing more American than exploring and the pursuit of happiness on July 4. Fireworks, hot dogs, and, if you're lucky, a body of water. Our team has some suggestions for your Independence Day adventure.Don't forget to check out…

Paddling Safety for All Levels of Boating

Safety on the water is one of the least exciting aspects of paddling, but it’s also the most important. Water is a powerful force, it doesn't matter if you are on flat water, gentle rivers, or raging rapids, every paddler should respect it’s…

Gifts for Dad's Next Adventure

Still searching for something to remind Dad that he taught you the value of usefulness and thoughtfulness? Our staff has curated a few items that have all of your bases covered. Gift cards are also a great option. They never expire and can be…

High & Low Angle Paddles: The Long & Short of It

For a new paddler, there are dozens of (often complicated) gear decisions to make, one of the most mystifying is paddle selection. When it comes to recreational kayaking, one of the most important factors is paddle angle. Paddle angles classifications…

Win Tickets to the Kruger Brothers

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…

Win the Perfect Day in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is one of the greatest places on the planet, home to a vibrant downtown and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We've partnered with Toad&Co.and some of our best friends to give away an incredible experience -- The Perfect Day. ((…

What's the Deal with Kayak Fishing in Western North Carolina?

In the last decade, cleanup efforts have lead to an explosion in Stand up Paddleboarding, kayaking, and tubing on our mountain rivers and streams. Kayak fishing has taken off in Western North Carolina over the past couple of years as a relaxing…

Traveling Bug Free

With the start of travel season comes one unfortunate side effect: bug season. While we're fortunate to live in an area where mosquito bites are typically just an annoyance, ticks are a fairly common problem and the rising prevalence of bug…

June is River Month at Diamond Brand Outdoors

Western North Carolina's mountain rivers and streams are a great resource. They provide recreation, healthy ecosystems, reaxation, drinking water, and...well, they're really pretty to look at. We're celebrating WNC rivers all month with events…

Easy Going Travel Essentials

It’s finally here- Memorial Day, the official kick-off to the summer vacation season! Personally, we love a beach getaway, but whatever your style, we’re pretty sure your ideal vacation doesn’t involve schlepping tons of bags. That’s…

Festival Essentials

Ahhh festival season, the magical time when your weekends are spent camping, discovering new bands, and enjoying cold brews. Our team is stoked to be kicking off festival season this weekend at LEAF (our sister store, Frugal Backpacker, will…

Yo' Mama's So...

...AWESOME, and we've got great ideas to tell her "thanks!"With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the quest to find the perfect gift is on. But where do you even begin to look for a gift to say “thanks” to the most important woman…

Special Asheville Screening of The Long Start to the Journey, a Film About the Appalachian Trail

We're hosting a special Asheville screening of The Long Start to the Journey, an official selection at the Atlanta Film Festival and RiverRun International Film Festival. Tickets are $7 and benefit the Carolina Mountain Club and Lifelines outdoor…

Picking Up Paddling (Without Blowing Your Budget)

As one of America’s best river towns, it’s not surprising that paddlesports are one of the largest growing forms of outdoor recreation in the Asheville area. With new breweries and other hangouts popping up along the riverfront, a relaxing…

Women's Specific Gear Shakedown: Astral PFD's

Not too long ago women who loved the outdoors had to make do with (often ill-fitting) unisex gear. Now, women’s specific gear is one of the fastest growing segments in the outdoor gear industry. Just about any piece of gear that you can imagine…

Paddlesports Demo Day at Lake Julian is May 1

Are you ready for the largest free paddlesports demo event of the year? Join us on May 1 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at our annual Paddlesports Demo Day at Lake Julian (406 Overlook Rd Ext in Arden, click for directions), made possible by a partnership…

NPS 100: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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…

Half Tank Getaways: WNC Spring Festivals

The time between the middle of April and Memorial Day doesn’t offer much time for full-blown vacations. Kids and college students are preparing for the end of the school year. There’s usually a string of deadlines at work. Those of us who…

New at DBO: Breezy Packs for Warm Weather Adventures

Our DBO team loves to play outside year round, so we know that nothing can bring your enjoyment of a warm weather hike to a halt faster than a sweat-inducing pack sticking to your back. That's why we love the new trend in pack technology of…

New at DBO: Top Backpacking Picks

MSR Carbon Reflex 1If you’re an avid backpacker, you’ve probably owned or dreamed of owning at least one MSR tent. They’re the masters of lightweight livability and their durability is unbeatable. If you’re into lightweight (and…

Campapalooza: Celebrating Our History, Thanking Our Customers

In 1964, we opened the first outdoor gear shop in Western North Carolina: a 900 sq. ft. garage full of factory seconds. Over the years, Diamond Brand Outdoors has grown to include much more than camping products, but our dedication to quality…

New at DBO: Family Camping Favorites

With spring break right around the corner, coming up with family bonding experiences that are fun for you and the kids can be a challenge. One of the best ways to instill in your kids the love of the outdoors (and get them away from screens…

Volunteering with MountainTrue

On a beautiful and sunny day in early March, my husband and I volunteered with the folks at MountainTrue, a local non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the health of our local forests and waterways. Anna, a second-year…

Outdoor Author Book Fest

OUTDOOR AUTHOR BOOK FEST TO BE HOSTED BY DIAMOND BRAND OUTDOORSAsheville, N.C. –Whether you're looking for a new book to read or you would like to meet the author of your favorite outdoor book, Diamond Brand’s Outdoor Book Fest is the…

NPS 100: The 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…

New at DBO: Shoulder Season Hiking Favs

The sunny spring temps had us itching for a hike this weekend, but if you’ve lived in WNC for any length of time, you know the weather can be unpredictable- especially when you head up in the mountains. This can make deciding what to wear…

Half Tank Getaways: Mountains to Sea Trail

One of my favorite hikes near Asheville is along the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) between the Visitor Center (Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 384) and the Folk Art Center (BRP MP 382). If you want a walk of five and a half miles, then make it an…

Diamond Brand Named Top 100 Retailer

Outdoor Magazine, the must have trade resource for the outdoor recreation industry, has again named Diamond Brand Outdoors to its annual Top 100 Retailers list. This a direct reflection of our outstanding team of experts and amazing customers…

The Carolina-Colorado #BeerBet

Every week, fans of the Carolina Panthers have put up with comments that the team's winning streak was a fluke, fans were just bandwagoners, and they'd never perform against the strongest NFL teams. Cam Newton and company are now headed to Super…

Show Your Sweetie You Love Local This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Perhaps your sweetheart is also your favorite hiking partner. Maybe you're both all about the Asheville music scene. Or maybe you find true romance while exploring the trails of Western North Carolina. This…

Diamond Brand Outdoors Short Film Wins Best of Show Award

Western North Carolina attracts some great people. We're happy to call many of them our friends. Our very creative friends at SapidMedia recently brought home a Gold Award and the "Best of Show" Award at the American Advertising Federation Asheville…

Half Day Getaways: Winter Hiking at Daniel Ridge Falls near Asheville, NC

After the blast of snow we got last weekend, forecasters are calling for temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s this week. That's a perfect combination for winter hikes and breathtaking frozen waterfalls. One of our favorites is Daniel Ridge…

National Parks Centennial Tour in Asheville

February 29 | 5:30 p.m., 1378 Hendersonville Road in Asheville (Parkway Center location)Most of us don't need a reason to celebrate the National Parks, but in 2016, the National Park Service turns 100. Backpacker magazine and Subaru have…

Preparing to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Ask any Appalachian Trail thru hiker and you'll hear that it's the adventure of a lifetime. The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads, and farms.The Appalachian National Scenic Trail…

Outdoor Demo Day at Highland Brewing

DIAMOND BRAND OUTDOORS TO PARTNER WITH HIGHLAND BREWING ON OUTDOOR DEMO DAYDiamond Brand Outdoors, Western North Carolina’s oldest and local outdoor gear shop, will be hosting an Outdoor Demo Day at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville,…

Lake Julian Demo Day

DIAMOND BRAND TO UNVEIL NEW WATER SPORTS GEAR AT FREE 'TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT' LAKE JULIAN DEMO DAYASHEVILLE, N.C. – After one of the longest and most severe winters in recent memory, paddlesports enthusiasts are chomping at the bit…

GEAR SWAP

DIAMOND BRAND GIVES YOUR OLD GEAR A NEW LIFE AT THEIR GEAR SWAP EVENTASHEVILLE, N.C. – Diamond Brand Outdoors, Western North Carolina’s most trusted outdoor gear store for 8 straight years, is hosting an event where you can give your…

Outdoor Diva Day

DIAMOND BRAND ANNOUNCES 2015 OUTDOOR DIVA DAYASHEVILLE, NC: Diamond Brand Outdoors would like to graciously invite all of Western North Carolina’s outdoor loving women to our to come join us on April 9th for our 2015’s Spring Diva Night…

We partner with YMCA to get kids outside

YMCA and Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville Partner to Get Kids OutsideAsheville, NC: Beginning Black Friday through December 24th, 1% of all sales at Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville will go directly to supporting the YMCA of WNC’s after…

Two new stores opening in Asheville

Two New Diamond Brand Outdoors Stores Opening in AshevilleAsheville, NC: Diamond Brand’s devoted shoppers can now enjoy the best of outdoor gear and holiday shopping at two very special stores in new Asheville locations.On Thursday, November…

Ground Breaking for South Asheville Store

Diamond Brand to Host Groundbreaking for New South Asheville StoreAsheville, NC: Diamond Brand, Asheville’s oldest outdoor gear shop, will celebrate its upcoming new retail store at Parkway Centre,1378 Hendersonville Road, at a festive…