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Old 10-10-2017, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Check out Johnson City, TN. College town with a younger population and a very outdoors-oriented community. The Cherokee National Forest borders the city and has a plethora of trails. Check out Buffalo Mountain Park, the Tweetsie Trail, and the Pinnacle Tower Trail. JC is a great lower cost alternative to Asheville and only an hour or so across the mountains.

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Old 10-10-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Colorado is only good for trails if you live in the mountains. If you live in Denver, you're gonna have to drive a decent amount to get to them, just to find them overcrowded. And then you have to deal with snow for a big chunk of the year, if you actually enjoy running/hiking in that crap.


I would recommend a place like Asheville, NC. The weather is more forgiving than CO's, and you're actually IN the mountains. The trails there are amazing.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:09 AM
 
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Boise. The outdoors are in city limits and there is access to expansive alpine and desert wilderness outside of the valley.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Colorado is only good for trails if you live in the mountains. If you live in Denver, you're gonna have to drive a decent amount to get to them, just to find them overcrowded. And then you have to deal with snow for a big chunk of the year, if you actually enjoy running/hiking in that crap.


I would recommend a place like Asheville, NC. The weather is more forgiving than CO's, and you're actually IN the mountains. The trails there are amazing.
There is more to Colorado than Denver, which is, as you point out, on the plains.

Fort Collins, home to CSU and in the foothills of the Rockies and Colorado Springs with UCCS, the fastest growing college in CO, and at the foot of Pikes Peak both offer great views, a broad range of activities, hiking within the city limits as well as easy access to great trails immediately outside the cities, reasonable COL, smaller city amenities, and are near enough to Denver for big city stuff but far enough away to be different. The Pikes Peak Ascent regularly draws world class runners to the Colo Spgs area annually for that race.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:46 AM
 
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Look at Knoxville's Urban Wilderness.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:39 PM
 
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Oh gosh, I just realized you are the guy who wants to be in the mountains in 20 minutes.

I agree, Roanoke is a great choice. Also look at Black Mountain and Brevard in NC. Then there are Boone & blowing rock which are themselves at a high elevation for the east, and close to 20 minutes to Grandfather, Beech and Sugar mountains.

In TN, 20 minutes from Erwin will get you to the spine of the Appalachians and the AT. There are also good trails starting at rock creek park (5 minutes out of town) if you want to gain elevation.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Bellingham, WA. It's the only place in the Cascades where the mountains meet the sea. Walking and biking trails galore in town, including waterfront with views of the San Juan islands, old growth forests near Lake Whatcom, and trailheads to Chuckanut Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Galbraith Mountain, which is a big destination for mountain bikers and trail runners. Also, much bigger mountains less than an hour away.
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