Falls Creek Falls and Hospital Rock Trail, Mountain Bridge Wilderness, SC

Falls Creek Falls is a double cascade in the northeast corner of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness in upstate South Carolina that free falls more than a hundred feet. In winter there is a distant view of the top of the falls from 800 feet below at the trailhead on Falls Creek Rd. From the falls, Hospital Rock Trail climbs Standingstone Mountain along Falls Creek for ridge...

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Wefald shares passion for ND hiking in book

People are often surprised to learn that Susan Wefald, a former North Dakota Public Service Commissioner and violinist with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony, is also an avid hiker. She hikes for fun, exercise and to relieve stress. She even seeks out hiking trails while on vacation. And after retiring in December 2008 after 16 years as a member of the Public Service...

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Five hikes near Chattanooga provide exercise, scenery

Hitting the trails is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscape of the Chattanooga area. Figuring out which trail to traverse is the difficult part—there are so many to choose from. “There are at least 100 trails within the Chattanooga area,” Che Carico, a hike coordinator with the Chattanooga Hiking Club, said. “We are incredibly blessed by the geology of...

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PurifiCup™ Portable Water Purifier (Natural Water Series)

For those who are passionate day-hikers like me, you are always looking to lighten your pack and heighten your emergency preparedness. I’ve had my eyes peeled for a portable, packable water filter that is very lightweight with a small footprint. Pump water filters work great but are somewhat bulky, taking quite a bit of valuable pack space. Enter the PurifiCup™...

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9th Circuit Court says visitors to national forest don’t have to pay a fee

In a decision that could bring an end to the national Adventure Pass program, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Forest Service cannot charge for hiking, walking, picnicking or visiting undeveloped areas of national forest land. In the unanimous ruling released Feb. 9 in favor of four hikers who objected to paying a fee to visit the forest, Judge...

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Explore history with a guided hike in the Smokies

Join Friends of the Smokies for a guided hike along Kephart Prong Trail, followed by a visit to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum, Saturday, March 17. The four-mile hike will be led by hiking enthusiast and outdoors author Danny Bernstein, who will share cultural history along the route, including a former CCC camp. The hike is part of the Friends...

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The Newly Restored Schuylkill River Trail

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials joined neighborhood, city and state leaders in the dedication of a newly restored, highly popular trail along the Schuylkill River that draws thousands of people each year to Philadelphia’s Manayunk section. “One of the major ways to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the natural world around...

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St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department announces weekly Nature Series

St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department is continuing its weekly winter Nature Series with guided, educational hikes in March. These free weekly programs run through May and give participants a chance to explore some of the 42 miles of hiking trails that are located throughout the County’s 7,000 acres of Environmentally Significant Lands. Anyone...

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Washington University student raising awareness for suffering kids

An MBA student at Washington University was beaten and starved as a child, and then was homeless as a teen. Michael McLaughlin has now turned his life around, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. He’s devoting his life to helping other children who are suffering, and hiking 2,500 miles to raise awareness. Each step forward for McLaughlin is a step away...

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Ticket to Ride

This spring, thousands of students will get the chance to visit national parks around the country as part of the National Park Foundation’s new Ticket to Ride program. Kids will learn about the benefits of healthy living by studying the lifestyles of the historic Timucuan Indians at Timucuan Ecological and Historic National Preserve, realize the achievements of...

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Get Outdoors with National Public Lands Day

With some volunteer and recreational activities on hiatus during the winter months, public land managers and friends groups often turn their attention towards planning for the busy spring and summer months. Friends groups, in particular, can spend winter months developing marketing and fundraising plans to attract new donors and volunteers to their public land site. To...

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Live and Learn: A Lesson In Trust

Those of you who are regulars here may have noticed there is a black hole of missing content from February 6th through today. Unfortunately my web host encountered a series of errors with hardware failures that made complete recovery impossible. They suffered a disk failure on the server that hosts Meanderthals and their disk array recovery mechanism did not work...

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Custer State Park, SD to Host Snowshoe Hike

Visitors to Custer State Park will have the opportunity on Saturday, Feb. 11, to experience the winter sights and sounds of the popular park, by way of a pair of snowshoes. The Lover’s Leap Snowshoe Hike will guide participants through a dense pine forest, meandering near Grace Coolidge Creek. The three-mile hike is geared toward beginners, allowing participants...

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5 little hikes get you closer to some big Northwest legends

There’s no telling what you might stumble across when hiking in Western Washington. Bigfoot, vampires, bundles of cash. Maybe even Paul Bunyan. The region is steeped in nearly as much intriguing pop culture as it is in good options for cool-weather hikes. Here’s a list of lowland hikes that will get you in the right frame of mind to meet up with legends...

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Hiking the ancient trails of Greece

The deepest gorge in the world, towering limestone cliffs and ancient Zagori stone villages are all part of the Pindus Mountains of Northern Greece. The Pindus Range stretches from Albania to central Greece. Scattered throughout these mountains are Zagorian stone villages nestled on the sides of precipitous mountains. The inhabitants are descendants of semi-nomadic...

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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

As the sun rises and the mist settles, we make our way over Inti Punku, the Sun Gate Pass, and get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, nestled deep within the Andean mountain range in Peru. The descent past ruins, terraces and sacrificial altars is the culmination of a four-day and three-night backpacking trip over three mountain passes and 26...

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100 Miles from Los Angeles, an Elysian Isle

Channel Islands National Park is an archipelago of five almost entirely undeveloped islands that remains one of the least visited parks in the country. Much like the park’s farther-flung islands — San Miguel to the west and tiny Santa Barbara to the south — Santa Rosa Island receives only about 5,000 visitors annually, despite its impressive sprawl: 53,000 acres, more...

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Volunteers help clear Columbia River Gorge hiking trails

In the wake of a storm that hit the Columbia River Gorge, volunteers with the Mt. Hood Chapter of the Pacific Crest Trail Association helped clear blocked hiking trails last weekend. The chapter’s volunteers care for 221 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mount Jefferson Wilderness to Mount Adams. And that help is critical considering that only one U.S. Forest...

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Twelfth Annual Hike for the Hardy on Brushy Hills Feb. 18

The twelfth annual “Hike for the Hardy” on the Brushy Hills trail system west of Lexington, VA is planned for Saturday, February 18th, starting at 10:00 a.m. Area residents will have an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Lexington’s 560-acre Brushy Hills woodlands during the traditional late-winter hike sponsored and led by members of the Friends of Brushy Hills....

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Physician assistants to “prescribe” healthy hikes

Everyone knows that exercise is one key to being healthy, but not everyone enjoys going to the gym. Georgia’s State Park system has teamed up with the Georgia Association of Physicians Assistants to make healthy living a bit more fun. Through the new “Rx for Fitness” Program, physician assistants can prescribe healthy hikes in the great outdoors, and patients can turn in...

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Asheville area hiking challenges assist nonprofits, offer dose of history

Hiking isn’t just for fun in the woods anymore. After putting one foot in front of the other, and the other, hikers tend to look for a challenge. They are in luck. The mountains are filled with hiking challenges, from speed-hiking — more people are now trying to hike the Mountains-to-Sea or the Appalachian Trail faster than the last person — to tests of endurance. The...

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Bridal Veil Falls, Grassy Creek Falls, Lake Imaging, DuPont State Forest

Transylvania County, NC is known as the “Land of Waterfalls,” and for good reason. There are more than 250 waterfalls in the county, with many of the most spectacular falls in the heart of DuPont State Forest. Included among those are Bridal Veil and Grassy Creek Falls, both classic slide waterfalls that carve their way over large granite slabs. DuPont also...

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Hiking Costa Rica’s wildest coastal trail

There is something magical about where forest meets the sea. The 11-kilometer coastal trail from Drake Bay to Corcovado, on southwestern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, passes by towering giants surrounding rocky points pounded by Pacific waves. Broken only by wild beaches of all sizes, two small rivers and countless small streams, the trail is completely free of roads and...

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War in the Pacific Historical Park to host hikes and educational events in February

War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam will host a series of events in February providing information on Park resources, the people honored by War in the Pacific, and how events of the past still have influence today. Park Rangers will lead special guided tours of park sites and share personal stories of those who fought in the Pacific War. All events are free...

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The Family That Hikes Together

Parenting outside is easier than parenting inside. When things start to get too crazy, our mantra is “go outside!” And sometimes that means us, the parents, as well. Outside, the noise level is definitely less of an issue. If there is food being eaten, there is no sweeping to be done, and cleaning up the table means merely brushing the crumbs off. Outside, there is no...

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West Virginia’s Best State Parks for Winter Hiking

Many of West Virginia’s state parks are open daily year-round and afford visitors a plethora of winter hiking trails to choose from. Plus, admission at the majority of the parks is gratis. If the snow flies, most of the winter hiking trails double as cross country and snowshoeing trails. Here’s a list: Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park Blackwater Falls...

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Following in the footsteps of Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau had it right. “This was a cold, clear lake with scarcely a plant in it, of perhaps half an acre, and from a low ridge east of it was a fine view up the ravine,” he wrote. That came from his journal of July 9, 1858, a year when Thoreau hiked Mounts Washington, Lafayette and Monadnock. Many have followed in his footsteps, barebooting it...

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Partners lead acquisition of mountain for Cumberland Trail in Tennessee

The partnership for the Graysville Mountain Acquisition worked together for over two years to achieve this milestone that helps complete the 300-mile Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, which starts in Cumberland Gap National Park on the Kentucky/Virginia/Tennessee border and stretches south to the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park just outside Chattanooga,...

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Butterfly pins available at Peninsula State Park, WI

A flock of colorful monarch butterfly pins has landed at Peninsula State Park. The monarch pins are available through Peninsula’s Like to Hike program. First established in 2001, Like to Hike promotes silent sports such as hiking, which enhances health and resource appreciation. Over the past decade, Like to Hike pins have featured the pelican, the pileated...

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Forest Service restoring popular trail in Sequoia National Forest with boardwalk

It has taken almost half a year, but the National Forest Service has decided to use a boardwalk to restore a popular path taken out of commission by the fall of two giant sequoia trees last September. The Forest Service went through a lengthy public consultation process to determine what to do about the ruined portion of about 100 feet of trail within the Trail of 100...

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