The world is a wonderful place and it is filled with many stories to tell. If you’re a regular reader on Mad Outdoorist, you probably know a bit of my background (at least I hope so). But If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Let me give you a quick introduction.
My name is Joshua Lambert and I was lucky enough to be born to a family that loves nature and adventures.
Naturally, that love grew inside of me and I try to go out to explore as much as possible while pushing any limits I may have. This is something I hope you are able to do as well – which is why I write and share my experiences on my blog.
Since I’ve basically made the outdoors my home, I’ve collected a long list of my favorite blogs about the great outdoors and all things camping and hiking. These are blogs I enjoy reading and sometimes share information from as well.
Before I get carried away talking about myself, I better move on to the actual topic of this article – the top 55 outdoor blogs you need to follow this 2017 that will teach you everything you need to know about the great outdoors (apart from actually spending time there, of course!).
Just note that these aren’t in any particular order – they have been arranged randomly so don’t come after me thinking I’ve arranged these, no way.
So without further ado, let’s begin!
SoCal Hiker is one of my go-to blogs when I’m looking for somewhere to hike and camp in Southern California. While most of his articles are about trails in Southern California, he doesn’t completely leave out trails outside of SoCal.
The blog was created by Jeff Hester as he was preparing to hike through the very famous John Muir Trail.
His guides contain his advice for hiking, gear you should have, and skills that are important to learn.
One of the coolest things about Outward Bound is that they offer courses that people can take, ranging from middle school kids all the way to adults about things like mountaineering, backpacking, sailing, and so much more.
Their blog is filled with pretty cool articles as well. It seems as though a lot of these articles are relatable for the younger audience such as students, with articles like “8 Learnings from Semester and Gap Year Courses”, and “Tips to Prepare For Your Summer Expedition.”
The Adventure Blog
Cheers to those who still use blogspot – keeping the classic way of blogging! The Adventure Blog is a compilation of stories from Kraig Becker about his outdoor escapades.
There are some pretty cool videos about climbing that’s enough to inspire any couch-potato to get up and conquer any mountain – or at least try.
Beyond The Tent
Want to identify bites and stings? What about learn which food you can actually eat in the wild and which ones will kill you? Or are you looking for a list of camping food for you to prepare and cook outdoors?
Look no further than Beyond The Tent.
The blog is filled with informative articles written by Ryan Cunningham who also shares his adventures around the U.S. You can even download a free-ebook called Beyond The Tent’s Family Camping Guide.
Currently Wandering is a blog created by the Curren Family. They have taken their surname (Curren) and adding the –tly to create the word Currently, giving a very clever name to their blog.
This is great for mothers who like to travel but may not really feel comfortable yet since Jess Curren has a section called “Mommy Diaries”, but it caters mostly to families who want to spend time outdoors.
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine Lake in North America and it is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, creating one of the most beautiful vistas in the United States as well as one of the most famous.
Basically, if you want to know about Lake Tahoe, this is where you go. They even list out events going on so you never miss a beat and you can schedule your trip where there is something going on.
Brian and Ashley’s Blog
Here we’ve got another blog that focuses on hikes in Orange County as well as the wider parts of Southern California, where you will find tons and tons of trails to hike. You may even find some trails you never knew existed by browsing through their blog.
If you can’t choose which one to go to, you can check out their Featured Hikes section and just pick that one! You can also sign up for their email list so you don’t miss a beat.
Trail To Peak
Trail To Peak is a more technical site full of information you need for hiking. Their descriptions offer details such as the distance, elevation, time to complete, difficulty, if water is available, if dogs are allowed, if permits are required, the condition of the trail, the best season to go, and more.
They also feature some backpacking articles about popular and beautiful trails such as The John Muir, Mont Blanc, Salkantay and Machu Picchu, plus a few others.
Do you have a big family? What about a family of 14? Yes, 14. The Kellogg Show is about the stories of Dan, Susie, Grady, Brody, Kady, Kerry, Kenny, Dally, Cardy, Maddy, Rowdy, Emmy, Elly, Coby, and their dog, Eddy, and what it’s like to travel around the world in an RV.
Their stories are so crazy that they’ve been featured on a number of different news channels already.
Just A Colorado Gal
Heather Balogh Rochfort is the Colorado Gal herself. Her story is pretty cool – she decided to quit her previous job as an associate editor for a local magazine once she saved enough money, then she sold all her belongings and left off for the greatest adventures of her life.
What I love about her is her environmental advocacies. As outdoor people, it’s important to remember that the only way we can continue on in our adventures is if we take care of the places we go to.
Camping With Style
Writing about camping and spending time in nature helped her come to terms with her injury, and so Camping With Style was born.
Her blog has a bunch of useful articles but she also lists down competitions that are happening in case you want to join some.
Nobody Hikes In L.A.
True, because everyone hikes in the outskirts and backcountry of California. Their site is pretty simple – you can find hikes by area, with quick view information on the difficulty.
Each of their articles about trails found have key information such as difficulty, distance, if dogs are allowed, rating, and best times to go. Some of the articles even have links or contact information to agencies that you can take the hike with to make your life a whole lot simpler.
Section Hiker is a site with a huge compilation of different trails, as well as information on how you can prepare for them and all the things you might expect while going on there.
What’s great about Section Hiker is the sections on Ultralight Backpacking (if that’s something you want to get into) and the Appalachian Trail (if that’s a goal of yours for the future!)
You’ve guessed it – this is a website mainly on trails in Florida. But don’t let the name fool you, there are some information on other states and other countries as well so it’s still pretty diverse.
You can browse through trails by the type or topic, plus there are tons of information about places you can camp, and do other activities.
I particularly enjoy their How-To section with articles like “How To Find People To Hike With,” and “How To Pack For A Backpacking Trip”.
One of the coolest things you’ll notice about this website is their rad cover photo of an engraved bottom side of what appears to be a knife for the outdoors. It gives you an idea or a vibe about the general idea of the website.
It’s one of those old-school blogs that run on blogspot, which I think has it’s own merits. The Grouch shares all kinds of useful information while telling his stories, and every so often features guest posts on his blog.
Hike Speak is one of the easiest sites to navigate, as you’ll be greeted with a trail finder on the homepage. Most of the trails on the site are in California, but there are a few from other states as well as Australia and New Zealand on there.
This is one of the technical sites again with key information you need before heading out to the trail. It is filled with detailed descriptions that will get you off your feet and planning your next hike.
This one is for you hunting and fishing enthusiasts, as the blog is filled with articles on hunting and fishing. But here, you will also find articles on shooting sports, water sports, power sports, mountain sports, general outdoors, conservation, and cooking.
There’s a lot of categories you can select to navigate around the site to read about the stuff you care about. You can even become a blogger with them if you want!
The Hiking Project divides their trail guides by states, along with a chosen featured hike from each state. That way, if you only get to go on one hike in the state you are visiting, you can choose the featured hike.
There are so many listed. Not surprisingly though, California has the most trails listed with over 2,377 trails. The next is Colorado, Washington, Utah, and then Texas.
If you are ever visiting these states, try to go for more than one trail so you really squeeze the most out of your experience!
Yes, Paul Steel is in fact bald. He started his website in 2010 recounting his stories of his times outdoors. Over time, the website has been filled with even more tales from friends he’s met all over the world.
The site is divided into Travel, Food and Drink, Animals and Nature, Health and Sport, and Kit – all these things that can help you when it’s your turn to brave the great outdoors.
Born To Be Adventurous
A section I highly appreciate is Green Up, filled with articles on the environment, sustainability, and minimizing waste, which as I have mentioned is very important not just to me, but anyone who is a lover of the outdoors.
Wild About Scotland
In Wild About Scotland, you have the choice to Escape, Explore, or Experience. Of course, the articles found here are all about Scotland with a lot of great reads such as “Top 10 Scottish Beach Campsites,” “Top 10 Places To See The Northern Lights In Scotland,” and more.
Basically, it serves as a wonderful guide for first-time travellers to Scotland, with information on the best places to visit and things to do so you experience everything the country has to offer.
The Hiking Life
There are hikes listed by Continent along with the top hikes, numerous How To articles, gear lists divided by category, gear lists for thru-hikers, and more. They even offer trip consultation if you are worried about your first time hiking.
Wild Girl Writing
Wild Girl Writing is a very simple blog with a bunch of journal entries, hikes, and tips for the outdoors. It was created by Julie Trevelyan who found her way to Southern Utah and shares the places you can visit there along with tips for hiking in the state.
If you’re planning on visiting Utah, this is the guide that you can go to. There are tons of National and State Parks that she talks about so you can easily plan out your stay.
50 Campfires is a great all around camping website filled with recipes, gear, tips, and places you can visit. They also have a digital magazine which you can subscribe to if you constantly want new content.
One of their latest articles, “Road Trip $2 Food Challenge” is one of my favorites and something I want to try for myself. Maybe you could too!
The Dirtbag Diaries
Curious name because the site is far from it – in fact, it is very clean and pretty sleek in design! This site is actually more of a collection of podcasts about being outdoors, so if you’re tired of reading or are looking for something to listen to while on a long hike, you can check these out.
Personally, my favorite thing about this website are their amazing looking Episode cover artworks! Brilliant, just brilliant.
Matthew Karsten is our Expert Vagabond here, wandering from place to place. He is an adventure travel photographer and blogger who explores the world, captures images, shares stories and tips from his adventures.
You can find destinations here from all over the world, not just the US, opening your eyes to the vast horizon that is our world.
How can you say no to a monkey? You can’t, so you might as well visit the site. Here you will find different articles ranging from gear reviews, how to articles, news, editorials, as well as shows and events.
You can also find videos that you can watch for gear reviews and how-tos to make things more simple to follow.
They have guides for Vancouver, Venice, Prague, Paris, Kansas, Cabo San Lucas, Singapore, and so much more. Their articles are great guides for when you are visiting these places for the first time.
Internet Brothers: Meanderthals
Internet Brothers focuses mainly on the best hikes that you can find in Western North Carolina. An important section are the trail reports on there so you stay updated. Eventually they’ve expanded and listed a few other trails from other states.
The information on the trails are divided into categories such as the best hikes, hikes by level of difficulty, hikes with views, water, in the canyon, or in the forest.
Like most outdoor websites, you can find gear reviews and tons of beautiful photos that captures the magnificence of the outdoors.
The Ultimate Hang
Personally, this is one of my favorites. Mainly because I’m not that great with hammocks, and The Ultimate Hang has everything about Hammocks and Hammock Camping.
Here you will find tips and tricks for hammock camping as well as suggestions and reviews on the best hammocks available on the market.
A really nifty feature is the Hammock Calculator which estimates how high to install your anchor points depending on information you key in. That way, your hammock is hanging from a safe and comfortable height.
Chris Townsend Outdoors
Here we have another blog from someone who loves the outdoors. Chris Townsend is a writer about the outdoors and a photographer. He says he has the passion for the wilderness and the mountains, and he shares that passion with us through his blog.
Most of the hikes on his website are long distance hikes since those are his specialties. He is also a writer of many books, articles, other websites, and newspapers, so this guy knows what he is talking about.
He’s done the The Continental Divide Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Tour of the High Sierra, and so much more.
Just to put it out there, “NJ” stands for New Jersey, which is the destination on the spotlight for this website. There is also a bit of information on New York and Pennsylvania.
The couple who wrote this have made it a point to hike every trail in New Jersey and they decided to share the information they gathered while doing so.
What I love about it is how the articles use the same format, so it makes things consistent and easy to read about, as well as makes it simple to compare hikes if you’re stuck choosing between a few favorites.
The Campsite, by Meghan J. Ward, is an award-winning blog that features a variety of different subjects. The goal of the blog is to share and learn from one another. After you’ve visited her site, you’ll come out with a better understanding about the outdoors that you can bring with you on your adventures.
It is now owned and operated by Alannah Jensen and Jen Whalen who are updating the blog in the weeks to come, turning it into Beyond The Campsite.
Play Outside Guide
Who doesn’t want to Play Outside? I’d do that all day, all the time if I could. The website mainly focuses on Canada with trail conditions in Alberta. Here you can find places to stay and where to eat, along with a list of the best hotels, parks, and restaurants.
The blog is a creation of Karen Ung, who is an outdoor adventure and travel writer based in Alberta. Her goal for Play Outside Guide is to provide “everything families need to know to get outside and have fun”.
Try to guess what this article is about? Of course, hiking! While there are numerous articles on hiking, the main focus of The Trek is thru-hiking. Here you will find guides to the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.
They also have a nice section on how to thru-hike if you’re new to it, as well as a comprehensive gear list that you can follow. If you’re a thru-hiker, you can even contribute and share your stories through their blog.
Basically, if you’re looking for a site on Thru-Hiking, this is the place to go.
Take Me Fishing
As the name suggests, this blog focuses on all-things fishing. It’s a highly educational blog written by fishing experts so you can learn how to do it. You can also find advice shared by people who live for fishing.
This is great for any fishing enthusiast as you’ll be entertained with crazy stories and learn some new tips and tricks when it comes to trying to catch that fish.
Camping In The Forest
From many parts of the U.S. to canada, we move on to England, Scotland, and Wales, which is the focus of Camping In The Forest.
On the site is a list of 16 campsites in the UK you can visit that is offered by the Forestry Commission. Each campsite has a description on the facilities that are available so you know how to prepare.
You can also find articles about camping, health and safety tips, and things you can do while outdoors. Even if you aren’t planning a trip to that part of the world just yet, you can still gain a lot of information just by reading the articles on there.
Hike Bike Travel
This is another one of my favorites solely based on how sleek and modern the website looks. But it isn’t just a pretty site, there is a plethora of useful information for you such as hotel reviews, travel tips, adventure guides, gear reviews, and even suggested books to read.
You can navigate through different countries, cities, towns, and states, with information even on other countries around the world like Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and so much more.
There you fill find guides to help you navigate and make the most out of your experience in that specific location – which is another thing I love about this website.
Adventure Journal was founded by a very well-respected man, Steve Casimiro. His accounts about his adventure are so sincere and passionate that you will find yourself captivated and reading till the wee-hours of the night.
He has so many articles it’s almost hard not to have multiple tabs open when going through his site. Something I enjoy in his website is the videos section – who doesn’t love a good video right?
The Outdoor Adventure
The Outdoor Adventure by Paul Osborn is a well-compiled resource full of articles about the great outdoors. is one of those resources you can find that is complete. Part of that reason is because Paul writes it together with other writers such as his friends, families, and even other readers.
You can find gear reviews, stories, food, cooking, bush survival, and tips for camping with kids.
One of their latest articles, “EccoTemp L5 – A Portable Tankless Propane Hot Water Heater” is one of my favorites and one I find will be very useful in the upcoming colder months of autumn and winter.
Get Out With The Kids
This website helps you do exactly what it says – Get Out With The Kids. They focus on helping you learn and understand how to enjoy family time through adventures and the outdoors, which is often overlooked these days due to things like smartphones and tablets.
This website is perfect for parents who are looking to bond with their kids through adventures and experiences. An incredibly useful section there is “how to get started,” especially if you are new to getting out with the kids. It is also filled with other useful information and the very essentials of things you need for camping.
Overall, this site is a great resource for beginners and their families!
Hands down – these guys have an incredible catalogue of different recipes and ways you can cook while out on the trail. You have freezer bag cooking, insulated mug cooking, one pot cooking, and even no-cook methods of preparing meals while outdoors!
If you’re new to camping, this is a great way to learn about the different options you have for preparing a meal. Just because you’re spending time outdoors, doesn’t mean you only have to settle for those pre-packed (and usually sodium-filled) foods.
Apart from trail cooking, you can find gear to use for cooking. A rather useful article is their “Top Five Essential Items Every Outdoor Chef Needs,” which will help you grab all the gear you need to get for your own adventure.
This blog was written by Scott, a husband and father of two girls who he has taught to love the outdoors. In Hiking Forward, he shares funny stories about their experiences while outdoors, making his blog great for readers looking for information on family camping.
There are a variety of categories to choose from ranging in gear all the way to camping with dogs. He even has some videos you can watch if you don’t really feel like reading anymore.
Let’s start the list with a very modern blog with a modern design, appropriately named The Modern Hiker. It’s clean and sleek design will help you navigate around easily to find what you are looking for.
A feature I enjoy is that you can find a hike depending on your where you are, so you don’t have to search through tons of articles just to get a hike where you are or where you plan on going.
Majority of the articles are about trails but there are other articles such as gear reviews, list posts, journals, and how-to’s, which can be very useful.
Hiking The Trail
Here is another great source for beginners since there are a lot of quick tips and things you need to know about how to start an outdoor adventure. They have a lot of useful articles about things like fire safety, surviving long flights, knowing weather conditions, avoiding mosquitos, helpful knots, tips, and so much more.
But even if you’re a veteran, you won’t be left out. They have articles on the John Muir Trail as well as the Appalachian Trail that is sure to get your feet tickled into conquering those long hikes.
This blog comes from Paul Kirtley, who is a professional bushcraft instructor. Basically, bushcrafting is ways to survive in the bush. The “bush” is a term for rural, undeveloped land or country areas.
If that’s where your next destination is, this blog will help you survive the bush and come back with great stories. You can even take courses if you are from the UK from Frontier Bushcraft.
Semi-Rad is far from being Semi-Rad, it’s actually pretty awesome. It is the creation of Brendan Leonard, who was a sponsored climber that lived in his van. His articles are both informative and funny – after all, he lists three things on the header of his site: humor, essays, and adventure.
His most popular essays include “Please Continue Instagramming Your Amazing Life,” “Your Best Vacation Is Someone’s Worst Nightmare,” “Sometimes You Get A High-Five From The Universe,” and more.
His sarcastic and witty style of writing is enough to make me laugh any day.
The Girl Outdoors
Girls haven’t always been associated with camping and hiking, but now some of my best outdoor buddies are girls. Sian Anna Lewis created this blog (which has won awards, by the way) dedicated to all of us lovers of adventure.
There is so much to read about on there, but my favorite section is her How To section with great articles like “How To Look After Climber’s Hands” and “10 Easy Switches To Limit Your Plastic Use” are among my favorites.
The Big Outside
The outside is an incredibly big place filled with wonder and adventure. It’s no surprise that there are hundreds if not thousands of websites dedicated just to the outdoors. So far, I’ve covered 49 and have 6 more to go – yet that won’t even make a dent on the long list of all the outdoor blogs out there.
The Big Outside was created by Michael Lanza, who is a writer, outdoor photographer, author and speaker. He has years of experience hiking, climbing, backpacking, trail running, skiing, paddling, and cycling. Lucky for us he’s sharing all his adventures to us.
Through his blog, you get a glimpse of what it’s like to explore not just the U.S., but the rest of the world as well.
For Hikers Blog, we move back to Europe where a group of Irish camping and hiking enthusiasts share gear reviews, trip reports, how-to articles, and guides that you can definitely use for your outdoor adventures.
One of the things that makes this blog unique (and is also something I find really cool) is that they sell photos that you can print out. The photos are of the beautiful scenery that they have gone through – a way to keep the outdoors inside and make you feel like you’re outside even though you’re probably stuck in your office desk or at home.
Living On Life
Living On Life is a great blog that was created by Michelle Eady. She is a Canadian girl that enjoys the whitewater, rock music, s’mores, and extreme sports. But what’s great about her is how she tries to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Her blog is an online journal about her experiences travelling around the world and all the things she’s learnt.
Cool Of The Wild
Clever reference, don’t you think? Cool of the Wild is an amazing looking blog filled with the regular articles you can find about camping and the outdoors.
What stands out the most to me is their “Pursuits” and “Inspiration” section, which pushes you to try something new and get inspiration from the world. Isn’t that why we all go out in the first place? It’s lovely to have someone put that out there.
Another great section is the skills section, or what they call the “School of the Wild” where you can learn things like pitching a tent, making a soda can stove, making a fire starter, and more.
Camping For Foodies
If you’re a foodie like me, you’re sure to enjoy this website as well. When I first started camping, I found it difficult to get yummy food while out on the trail. Eventually I decided to get educated and learn about methods other people use.
Obviously, Camping For Foodies is a blog all about camping food. You can find an array of recipes from breakfast all the way to dinner, snacks, sides, soups, desserts, and so much more, that are geared specifically for camping.
They have a few other articles such as hiking tips, equipment, and RV camping. Or you can opt to receive a free-ebook or buy products directly from their site.
So Many Places
Could you imagine quitting your job and selling all your stuff to go on an adventure around the world? That’s exactly what Kim Dinan did back in 2012. Her blog aims to inspire people to take a step outside and explore the world around. So Many Places has won awards as well.
Her blog features articles about trips and things to do in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, along with books and guides to read, and ways that you can work with her.
One of my favorite articles from her is “2016: A Year in Pictures,” which is an amazing memoir of what it’s like to be her and experience the things she did last year.