Portrait of Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis

Amanda is a full-time outdoor freelance writer and rock climber and her work has appeared in Forbes, Yahoo Canada, GearJunkie and print publications including Rock and Ice and Rova. Some of her focuses include backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, surfing and more. She is based out of Raleigh, North Carolina and combines local knowledge with years of experience as an outdoor adventure travel expert to deliver comprehensive recommendations. Whether you are looking to spot wild horses on the Outer Banks or learn more about adventure travel, Amanda is a trusted resource. Learn more about her at www.investinginadventure.net.

Stories by Amanda

Scenic Walks

Top 10 Hikes Through North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Feb 15, 2019

North Carolina is famous for its stacked, rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, heavily-laden with a huge diversity of flora interspersed with dominating rhododendron and colorful wildflowers. Whether you are… continue reading

Underrated Spots

Top 9 Hidden Gems in North Carolina to Visit

Aug 15, 2017

North Carolina is canvassed by vast natural wilderness and a popular coastline of beaches and tourist attractions. From Wilmington to Charlotte and everywhere in between, visitors can easily… continue reading

Bucket List Worthy

11 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in North Carolina

Aug 22, 2016

The entire state of North Carolina is peppered with alluring natural wonders, including a collection of beautiful, two-tiered cascading waterfalls and raging torrents of varying sizes. The mass… continue reading

Beat the Heat

7 Best Swimming Holes in North Carolina

Jul 10, 2016

Summer in North Carolina goes hand in hand with soaring temperatures and devastating humidity. Luckily the riveting scenery of the state is teeming with rivers, streams, and mountain… continue reading