Fall is possibly the perfect season to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature, so it’s no wonder that this Saturday, November 17, is Take a Hike Day. If you’re ready to take to the trails, but aren’t sure where to start, never fear – below, we’ve collected the nuts and bolts you need for a successful hiking expedition in your neck of the woods:
Get Inspired: Okay, so maybe you won’t be jetting off to Patagonia to take in awe-inducing vistas this weekend, but it doesn’t hurt to dream! Here, National Geographic has collected 15 epic hikes to inspire your local wanderings.
Be Prepared: While a hike through a neighborhood forest might not require planning on an Everest scale, it’s important to take some basic precautions on the shortest of journeys. Always pack water, food, appropriate clothing, and sun protection to take along, and check out The 10 Essentials of Hiking from the American Hiking Society for more important tips.
Find Your Trail: If you’re looking for a new route in your community, Map My Hike is a great place to start. You can enter your city and even a desired trail length and receive options. The National Park Service, and its Find a Park tool, is also a good resource for discovering natural areas in your region.
Get out for a trek this Saturday in honor of Take a Hike Day, and improve your fitness as you take in the crisp splendor of autumn!