Hiking for Health is a Good New Year’s Resolution

This is the perfect time to convert your non-hiking friends to the wonders of the trails. Think about your friends who said this is the year they “exercise,” “lose weight,” or “will be healthier.” Do you really think they can keep those resolutions? Be a good friend and gain a new hiking buddy by touting the benefits of walking. Why is walking a good New Year’s...

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Smokies partners renovate 15 shelters along Appalachian Trail

Hikers on the Appalachian Trail may never tell campfire stories about the renovation of all 15 backcountry shelters in the Smokies, but they benefit from some amazing partnerships after a hard day’s trek. Joint efforts of labor and funding from Friends of the Smokies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club improved cooking and sleeping...

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Stringer’s Ridge to offer mountain biking, hiking trails amid urban setting

For many area commuters, Stringer’s Ridge is the tunnel they pass through to and from work each day. But to Chattanooga area preservationists, it’s a feature unique to the city—a 100 acre forest minutes from 50,000 people. “(Chattanooga) has something unique, I’ve not seen anything like this any where else,” Jim Johnson, a local...

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Hiker strides into next chapter of life

It has been a challenging year for 34-year-old Jake Bramante of Kalispell, Montana. First he hatched a plan to quit a stable day job as a network consultant to try and walk all 734 miles of trails in Glacier National Park in a single hiking season. Since he became the first person known to accomplish that feat, word of Bramante’s project has spread far and wide. Now he’s...

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Winter hikes, steep ascents, great views, all nearby

As winter closes in, hiking opportunities in the Western North Carolina mountains often close down. Wind chills can plunge into the single digits or below on high peaks, making hiking hazardous. Snow and ice can leave rural roads leading to trailheads impassible. Still, hikers cooped up for the holidays feel twinges of cabin fever. They hanker to buckle on a day pack and...

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Johnston tract for N.C. trail adds to hikers dream

It’s only eight-tenths of a mile long – just a tiny stretch in a hike of nearly 1,000 miles. But conservationists and hiking enthusiasts are celebrating the newest link in the state’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which passes through 79 acres of Johnston County woods. The state Department of Transportation gave the tract to the all-volunteer Triangle...

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Break Out of Hibernation for Winter Night Hike in Union Township, Ohio

Enjoy the great outdoors with your family by attending the Clermont Park District’s Winter Night Hike on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Join a park naturalist at 6:30 p.m. for a moonlight stroll along the trails of Shor Park, located at 4659 Tealtown Road in Union Township, OH. “This will be a fun discovery walk for the entire family,” said Clermont Parks’ Chief Naturalist...

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National forest projects to improve wildlife habitat

Sometimes, removing a few trees is good for the forest — at least when it comes to wildlife habitat. That’s the idea behind a wildlife habitat enhancement project under way on national forest land in Madison County, one of a number of such initiatives planned in the mountains to benefit species ranging from bears to songbirds. The project, on 15 acres in an area known as...

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Public invited to explore Congaree’s Big Trees on guided hikes in January

Join a park ranger at Congaree National Park, South Carolina for Big Tree Hikes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, and Friday, Jan. 27. The 6.5-mile hikes will take visitors to some of the largest trees found in the Congaree floodplain and show visitors how “Champion” trees are determined. Participants will learn how to take measurements and, perhaps,...

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Guided bald eagle viewing hikes to begin in January

Bureau of Land Management natural resource specialists in Lake County, CA will lead guided four-mile hikes in the Cache Creek Natural Area from mid-January through late-February. The hikes will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Enjoy the scenery of Cache Creek canyon where eagles, tule elk, osprey and other wildlife may be seen. The first mile consists of a...

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The long hike: Trailblazer adds impetus to creation of sea-to-sea route

Imagine a 7,700-mile hiking trail from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Ron Strickland does. The 68-year-old Bedford, Mass., hiker who founded the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail has been working on the transcontinental route since 1996. There are only 940 miles to go. “The Pacific Northwest Trail took me decades to work out,” Strickland said...

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A Season

  so silent…   so peaceful…   so beautiful…       Happy Holidays      

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Today’s Hike – DuPont State Forest

Usually I work on Saturday, but with this being Christmas Eve I had a chance instead to get out into the woods to enjoy the day. I chose to take a waterfalls hike in DuPont State Forest, about a 40 minute drive from my home. Little River drops more than 1000 feet in less than two miles over a series of falls that take the river from granite domes to pastoral valley. In...

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America’s Great Outdoors Fifty-State Report from Department of the Interior

In 2010 the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative charged the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to develop a conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st Century. The intent of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative...

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Lillooet, BC gets a Hiking Guide

For the most part, Whistler is a hiker’s paradise. No one in town lives more than a few minutes walk from a hiking trail that, in most cases, is a gateway trail to an amazing spiderweb of other trails. So why a Lillooet hiking guide? Sometimes, particularly if your hiking history includes a lot of dryland treks, you just need to get the heck out of the coastal...

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San Clemente builds coastal trail along active railroad tracks

For the past ten years, the City of San Clemente has embarked on the process of developing a continuous 2.5 mile coastal trail paralleling active railroad tracks within the Right-of-Way owned by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). In addition, the City proposed construction of new, improved safe access points to the City beaches. Although the City has 18...

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Congratulations on Arizona National Scenic Trail milestone

The Arizona Trail is complete after twenty-six years of dedicated effort. The trail is a continuous, 800+ mile, diverse and scenic route across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people and was designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009. The Arizona Trail was officially completed at a ceremony on December 16, 2011. The...

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Help Build the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado Next Year

Volunteers in Colorado are helping to build a completely new hiking trail, called the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), that stretches from Mexico to Canada and across Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Volunteers with the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA), based in Golden, Colorado, dig out the trail, clear vegetation and move huge boulders and trees...

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Into the wild with the real-life heroes of Search and Rescue

Looking down on a 12,000-foot peak through the gaping side of a helicopter, I breathe the coldest, thinnest air I have ever breathed. Somewhere out there, three hikers and a dog are willing us to see them, to spot their molecule of color on Mount Charleston’s miles of November snow and shadow. Clouds menace, driven by icy winds that pummel our 1973 Huey like it’s a...

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Oregon Wild offers guided snowshoe hikes

Nothing sells a conservation message more than a walk on the wild side. And doing it during the winter adds a whole new dimension to the appreciation. “If you’ve never snowshoed and you’re an avid hiker, snowshoeing is a way to see the forest and to see Oregon’s back country in a completely different way,” said Sean Stevens of Oregon Wild....

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Eastern hiking trail 70 percent complete

Similar to the famed Appalachian Trail, the Great Eastern Trail is being constructed by linking existing trails from Alabama to New York, and is more than 70 percent complete and open to hikers. When completed, the new, long-distance, nonmotorized trail, primarily used for hiking, will be approximately 1,800 miles long. In southern West Virginia, the Great Eastern Trail...

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Prestons mark 100th hike in Ohio county parks

Enjoying beautiful sunsets. Shuffling through leaves on a fall evening. Breathing cold, crisp air on a winter morning. And walking amid bountiful wildflowers on a spring afternoon. These are only a few of the experiences Jean and Ora Preston can remember as they celebrate 100 hikes with the Seneca County Park District. They are the first people to receive the 100-hikes...

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Corn Mill Shoals Trail, Little River Trail, Cedar Rock Trail, Big Rock Trail, DuPont State Forest, NC

DuPont State Forest, in western North Carolina between Hendersonville and Brevard, was sold to the state by DuPont Corporation under favorable donation and conservation terms in 1996. Within its boundary are more that 10,000 forested acres and 80 miles of hiking and biking trails. Elevation ranges from 2300′ at Hooker Falls on the Little River to 3600′ on...

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How to become a field scout for Backpacker magazine

Every hiker knows that there is a Backpacker magazine and perhaps you have dreamed of being featured on the front cover or maybe inside for something you have done that pertains to your hiking hobby. What if I told you that there is a way to take the hiking trip of a lifetime, one you want to do so bad but just cannot afford it, and the trip be free to you? Well here is...

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