A Street View-Style Tour Of National Parks Hiking Trails

General Mills brand Nature Valley has embarked on an ambitious initiative called Trail View to bring the parks experience to the indoors and outdoors-oriented alike. “Nature is something you have to get close to in order to be moved by it,” says Scott Baldwin, Senior Marketing Manager at Nature Valley. “It’s easy to just show a picture of nature, but people want to have...

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New Hiking Trail Opens in Purcellville, VA

The Town of Purcellville Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the opening of a new hiking trail through the Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve connecting 21st Street and Hatcher Avenue. The trail will be dedicated with a ribbon cutting on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 1:30pm at the Hatcher Avenue trail entrance. The trail was envisioned by the Purcellville...

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Rumbling Bald Trails, Hickory Nut Gorge

Chimney Rock State Park is one of the newest in North Carolina. The state acquired the land from private ownership in 2007, and the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy continues to obtain additional parcels in the Hickory Nut Gorge to eventually expand the state park. The Rumbling Bald section of the park is separate from the more famous namesake, Chimney Rock. Because...

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The Beauty And Danger Of Zoar Valley

Zoar Valley in the Southern Tier of the Adirondacks is a study in contrasts. Like a pendulum swinging wildly between breathtaking beauty and life threatening danger, Zoar can be a perfect example of how a peaceful day in nature can turn into a traumatic, sometimes fatal experience. The valley is incredibly beautiful, with Cattaraugus Creek winding through 400 foot...

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Marines hiking for cause

Not rain, nor cold, nor wind, nor injuries will keep the Fortunate Sons from attaining their goal. A group of 18 Marines are three weeks into a 42-week hike that will take them from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks along the Mountains to Sea Trail to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. These Marines are participating as...

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SummitCorps builds a trail to the future

There has been a lot of work on hiking and biking trails adjacent to the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia this year. The Summit will be home to the national Scout jamboree starting in 2013 and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. It also will become the Boy Scouts’ fourth high-adventure base — and, likely, its most-visited, given its...

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Bill would keep portions of Cherokee National Forest unspoiled

A few years ago, the University of Tennessee and the U.S. Forest Service surveyed public opinion about recreational uses of the Cherokee National Forest. Their research found the most popular recreational uses of the forest are driving for pleasure, viewing and photographing wildlife, fish or scenery, picnicking, day hiking and visiting primitive areas. Strong support...

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Appalachian Trail “ridgerunner” Augie Buchheit aids hikers

Augie Buchheit travels light. In fact, he carries everything he needs to survive in his 22-pound backpack. As a “ridgerunner” employed by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, he is in charge of hiking 112 miles of trail through Shenandoah National Park from May to September. While the park’s traditional rangers serve as law enforcement or nature “interpreters,” Augie...

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Sage and the Triple Crown

The Triple Crown. Few outside of serious hikers have ever heard of it. Fewer still have ever done it. The Triple Crown consists of the three major long-distance hiking trails in the United States: the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail and the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Thirty-one-year-old Sage Mirrim Clegg-Haman didn’t start...

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Top 5 granola bars for hiking

So many granola bars, so little time. With all these oat-enriched snacks on the market, what makes for a good granola bar for spending a day hiking the trails – with backpack on back? Sure, we want our granola bar to pack a nutritious punch of energy and hold a hunger between meals; but what are the healthiest choices? A few things to look for when laying down some...

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Best-ever topographic map of Earth released

The most complete digital topographic ever made of the Earth has been released by NASA. The map, known as a global digital elevation model, was created from images collected by the Japanese Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, or ASTER, instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. The 3-D effect is achieved by merging two slightly offset...

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

You know you’re going to be hiking next year. Why not do it in style in one of the hundreds of US National Parks? Get a head start on your 2012 vacation planning with the Park Service calendar of fee free days. America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge...

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Looking Glass Rock Trail, Pisgah National Forest

Perhaps the most popular hike in the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, the Looking Glass Rock Trail is a good 3-mile leg stretcher to the top of the famous pluton. Probably not the most scenic hike is the area, but definitely popular because of ease of access, and a little less difficulty than some of the steeper monoliths. Looking Glass Rock is home to...

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It was slow but steady that led him to the top

There are plenty of stories about people who display extraordinary endurance as “thru-hikers,” those who cover the entire 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in a northbound marathon of consecutive months, spring through fall. In August, for instance, a 28-year-old woman finished in 46 days, the fastest-ever thru-hiker. But let’s not...

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Outdoor Blogger Network 1 Year Anniversary Celebration!

The idea for the Outdoor Blogger Network was born, appropriately enough, on a riverbank, via a conversation between two Outdoor bloggers. Rebecca Garlock, The Outdooress – and Joe Wolf, Flowing Waters – were talking about a myriad of topics and blogging ideas after spending a day fly fishing for trout in Oregon. It was one of those times when things just clicked. They...

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Hiker covers every mile of Glacier National Park trails

Three pairs of shoes and 734 miles later, Jake Bramante emerged from Lincoln Lake trailhead as the first person in recent history to have hiked every Glacier National Park trail in one season. After a long winter and months of snow, Bramante began hiking in May. Paul Travis is director of development for the nonprofit Glacier National Park fund, which partnered with...

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7 ways to take a hike into Western Washington’s pop culture

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 good options for fall hikes. Here are seven hikes that will give you a taste of the region’s pop culture, or at least get you close to the legends. Read full...

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Hiking in Italy’s Dolomites

The Dolomites cover 90,000 acres of the Italian Alps, ending at the Austria-Italy border, and the region boasts a heady mixture of both cultures. The Ladin culture, established when the Romans invaded the territory in the first century, also endures, with its own language and cuisine, such as crisp spinach-stuffed pancakes and barley soup. Call it an Alpine fever dream....

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New trail opens at Finger Lakes State Park

A 2.75-mile trail opened recently at Finger Lakes State Park in Missouri for hiking and mountain biking. The Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail is the first in the park devoted exclusively to hiking and biking. Development and construction began two years ago. The trail is one-way and has been approved for both pedestrians and cyclists. It features a small waterfall at...

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Backpacker Map Maker iPad App

If you’re like us, you don’t fire up your laptop and spend hours poring over maps reliving past trips and plotting new adventures. Instead, you want that info handy if you’re in a bind on the trail. Now you can do both on BACKPACKER’s new Map Maker iPad app. Loaded with colorful, richly detailed topos, aerial images, and street maps you can cache on the tablet,...

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Some tips to prepare for fall hiking

Fall weather will show hikers one thing: It sure is changeable. One day it’s summer-like and the next you need to wear your mitts and wool hat. Sometimes it happens in the same day. That’s typical in fall, the second-most changeable season after spring. Expecting conditions to change is part of planning for a safe hike any time of year. It’s especially important when it...

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Louisville, KY: Beware ‘Hiking Dead’

October is known for its goons, ghosts, goblins and the occasional thing that goes bump in the night – including zombies. Zombies are referred to as the “living dead” or “walking dead,” but the “hiking dead?” Metro Parks, Louisville is hosting the first ever Zombie Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, October 22. The public is invited to come dressed in...

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Hiking + Yoga

Now when you hear “hiking yoga” as a single workout, you may think, “how in the world can these two worlds collide?” With yoga poses like downward facing dog requiring a mat, how does someone do yoga and hike at the same time? Hiking yoga is a chance for people who may have been a little intimidated to walk into a studio and feel like “Oh do I need a mat and a prop and I...

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Damaged section of Vt. hiking trail reopens

WATERBURY (AP) – The last section of the Long Trail damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irene has reopened. Officials say three miles of the trail in Shrewsbury remained closed for a month while the rest of the Long Trail had reopened weeks earlier. The Green Mountain Club said that it had proposed a detour of the damaged section of the Long Trail and Appalachian...

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Protect the Colorado River Delta

The Colorado River Delta, where the Colorado River ends in a series of wetlands at the Gulf of California, is less than 10% of its original size and getting smaller. Without a dedicated flow of water into the Delta, several indigenous communities, 380 bird species, and freshwater marine wildlife are in danger. To protect the Colorado River Delta: tell Secretary of...

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Asheville area hikers invited to series of scenic hikes

Julie Gayheart is always looking for an excuse to go hiking in the mountains, to escape the heat and cityscape of her home in Charlotte. So when she heard about the new Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Hiking Challenge — a set of eight hikes on scenic land preserved by the CMLC — Gayheart and a friend signed right up. When she discovered the prize for finishing the...

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Why Leaves Change

Every autumn we revel in the beauty of the fall colors. The mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of chemical processes that take place in the tree as the seasons change from summer to winter. During the spring and summer the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making...

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Why hike?

Hiking is a great, accessible activity. It doesn’t require any special skill set and is an activity you can do with your friends and family. If you are looking for an economical activity, the chance to see nature up-close, adventure, and great exercise then you might want to go on a hike. One of the great things about hiking – it doesn’t cost much to go on a local hike....

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Breathtaking views, waterfalls highlight Sulphur Creek hike

Spring-fed water cooling your feet, breezy shadows beneath towering canyon walls and refreshing mist from a nearby waterfall. These are the things to look for in order to have a pleasant hike in Utah’s canyon country. Capitol Reef National Park’s Sulphur Creek has all of these things and more. Essentially a natural water park strung along the bottom of a...

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Never took a hike in my life; would do it again

“Take a hike!” That is what my father used to tell me when he’d had enough of my smart talk as a kid. Unfortunately, I never took that hike. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever hiked in my life, either formally or informally. During my ride to Chenango Valley, I tried to conjure up the demographics of the group I was to address. Young? Yes....

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Last Mile of the 165-Mile Cohos Trail in NH Cleared for Hiking

With chainsaw, clippers, branch loppers, mattock, shovel, and other trail tools in hand, five Granite Staters recently emerged from the forest around a bend on NH Route 3 six miles from the Canadian border and cut the last remaining brush and sapling trees to complete the 165-mile hiking pathway known as the Cohos Trail. The long-distance foot trail, twelve years in the...

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Shortoff Mountain Trail, Linville Gorge Wilderness

Most of the attention in Linville Gorge is focused on the northern features. There are more trails, higher peaks, and family recreation areas. But the south gorge is every bit as compelling and beautiful, with spectacular panoramic views up the gorge and westward to Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shortoff Mountain is a thousand feet lower than its...

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