Keystone Trails Association plans to re-open a trail linking two state parks

The Reeds Gap Spur Trail runs north-northeast from Reeds Gap State Park, located in Mifflin County, PA to Poe Paddy State Park in Centre County. Due to very heavy storm damage several years ago, it was rendered pretty much impassable — without serious rerouting — and was subsequently closed. It was even taken off most of the trail maps. John Stevens, a...

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National Public Lands Day this Saturday: Things to do in D.C.

This Saturday, Sept. 24, is National Public Lands Day, a countrywide celebration of national parks, exercise, killing weeds and other do-goodie things. It is also the World Wide Day of Play, and if you think these two events aren’t coming together into one synergized megaday of celebration, well, you’re just dead wrong. Since its birth in 1994, NPLD has...

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Residents urged to get outdoors for National Public Lands Day

To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Salt Lake City volunteers are being sought to help repair and improve the Mormon Pioneer Trail on Sept. 24 in a project that supports the Wasatch Water Legacy Partnership. Volunteers 16-years or older are needed to do tread repair and brush out vegetation that has grown along the trail, which is a popular destination for bicycling,...

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Hiking trail access could widen under new San Francisco Peninsula parks plan

Visitors to San Francisco’s Peninsula watershed could gain better access to 14,000 acres of local land under a new Golden Gate National Recreation Area proposal to complete local segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and connect it to the California Coastal Trail. The plan also proposes to increase access to Alcatraz and Muir Woods. Released earlier this month, the...

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With autumn arriving, it’s time to take a Georgia hike

The calendar says fall is here and even though we’ll still get some pretty warm days, there is a hint of cooler weather in the air. That means that hiking the Appalachian Trail and the dozens of other trails Georgia has to offer is on the horizon. Today, we will offer resources that can be used to locate hiking areas that suit your fancy. The southern end of the...

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Hike of the Week – Climb Up and Cool Down

Fri, Sep 23 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 363.4 – Greybeard Parking Overlook Do you need a break from the summer excitement? Are you looking for a spot to get away from the fall crowds? Join a ranger for a trek up to Lunch Rock, a little stone outcrop with a big view. This 1.5 mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a moderate to strenuous one way...

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2011 NPLD Signature Sites Announced

National Public Lands Day is fast approaching. September 24th is right around the corner. A National Public Lands Day signature site is a volunteer event featuring special guests, speakers, unique programming or educational activities. This year, the signature sites are Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Ga....

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Man helps transform North Country Trail from ‘swamp walk’ into impressive path

The North Country Trail is a 4,600-mile National Scenic Trail that runs through seven states from New York to North Dakota. The Michigan portion is 1,150 miles, of which 758 miles are complete. The trail is administered by the National Park Service, which works in cooperation with land managers along the route, sometimes federal, state or local government units or...

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Intrepid hiker tackles Florida Trail, all 1,150 miles of it

When Amanda Hus was a little girl growing up in Fort Myers, she dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail. “I used to read about it in magazines,” said the 53-year-old former stay-at-home mom. “I said to myself, Some day.” The Tampa resident had done a few day hikes in parks and nature reserves, but nothing serious. Then last fall she heard a...

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AMC Recommends Top 4,000-Footer Foliage Hikes

With New England’s fall foliage season almost here, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is offering free hike itineraries with maps for its top 10 “4,000-Footer Foliage Hikes” in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Recommended hikes include a family-friendly option, and beautiful fall colors are an added bonus for peak-baggers. The AMC Four Thousand...

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Patagonia: Glacier Hiking

Now, I was walking across the glacier’s face, my metal crampons digging into the ice and soft rain falling on my face. We climb up and down the glacier’s icy slopes, stopping to drink from glacial melt – sweet and fresh, pure water – avoiding deep crevasses and photographing sapphire blue moulins. Our second guide takes the rear, running across the edge to proffer...

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National Public Lands Day Photo Contest and Volunteer of the Year Awards

While planting trees, repairing trails and enhancing native habitats on National Public Lands Day, don’t forget to bring your camera and take some great shots of your fellow volunteers. Your photo could become a winner in the 11th annual NPLD Volunteers in Action Photo Contest. The Volunteer of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding National Public Lands Day...

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A new book lists the 40 most scenic hikes in the Adirondack Mountains

Most outdoor lovers are familiar with the Adirondacks, but with the park covering about 9,375 square miles of New York state, even the most experienced hikers haven’t seen all this segment of the nation’s oldest mountain range has to offer. More than 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 3,000 lakes and countless memories to be made are just a hop, skip and a jump away from...

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Snowball Trail at Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway

Kind of an unusual name for the mountain this trail is named after, but it is at 5,200 feet, so the snow comes earlier in the season, and more frequently than in the valleys below. North of Asheville, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike is in the Craggy Gardens area. There are splendid views of the Great Craggy Mountains and the Black Mountains from the three summits...

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Haw River Trail has grown a lot in five years

While 10 miles of hiking trail may not seem like much, a great deal of conservation and development of viable recreation space along the Haw River Trail has been completed over the last five years. According to Haw River Trail Coordinator Brian Baker, about 320 acres in Alamance County, NC have been conserved. And that’s thanks to a five-year memorandum of understanding,...

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Watercolors Hiking in historic Locke and Delta Meadows State Park

A Watercolors and Hiking event will be held in Locke, Calif. on Thursday, September 15, 2011 starting at 10:00 a.m. Bring the kids and the grandparents; everyone is welcome! Well-behaved dogs on leashes, okay. This is a mostly level 1.5 mile hike (apart from one 20 foot long, somewhat steep, narrow path up a levee hill), and some optional off-path routes along the way...

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Fair Game: A wild and sacred place

There are no designated trails, only the tracks of elk. There are no posted signs, only a slight indentation through the tundra. There are no bridges, only fallen logs across the creeks. There are no people other than an occasional backpacker staggered by serenity and solitude. This wild and sacred place is not far from Aspen, but in 30 years of hiking the Elk Range, I...

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Opportunities to Celebrate Public Lands Day in GSMNP

On Saturday, September 24, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day by hosting several volunteer projects in a unified effort with many public lands across the country. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands that Americans enjoy. Those interested in...

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Hiking in Busan, South Korea

Koreans love to hike and you only have to see the huge array of clothing in the markets as well as the big brand names in numerous shops around the city to realize that it’s a serious business. I have not got myself the pink clothing… there can be too much pink on a walking track in my humble opinion. My backpack always contains ample water, raincoat and maps in Korean...

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In Spain, Hiking Along the Volcanoes of Catalonia

An old lady’s directions, in rambling Catalan, seemed somewhat improbable: go until you see a path that looks like it used to be a railroad, she said. Then follow it for about 35 miles until you reach Girona. When I hesitated, she added, “Just keeping walking along this volcano.” We were starting a three-day hike on the Vías Verdes, or Greenways, through the hinterlands...

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Urban Hiking: Exploring Your Local Terrain

The concept of hiking for most people conjures visions of dirt paths, rocky trails, mountain passes, or grassy river banks. But what about metropolitan skylines, side streets, bridge passes, and old rail yards? Grokkers are a variable mix of urbanites, suburbanites, and country folk. When it comes to talk of hitting the trails and enjoying an outdoor workout, those in...

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Yosemite Celebrates Completion of Trail Upgrades & Habitat

Yosemite Conservancy and the National Park Service celebrated the completion of a $13.5 million campaign to restore popular hiking trails in Yosemite National Park from Yosemite Valley to the rugged back-country of the High Sierra. “Our goal was elegant in its simplicity – improve the condition of Yosemite’s most treasured, high-profile trails in order to protect...

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Adirondack Hiking trails reopen

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will reopen the Adirondak Loj and Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake and the Johns Brook Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 8. The reopening of the lodges and campground coincides with the reopening of a number of hiking trails in Adirondack backcountry. While Tropical Storm Irene left ADK’s north country properties largely unscathed, access...

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Hike of the Week – Tunnels of Love

Fri, Sep 9 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 407.7 – Buck Springs Gap Parking Overlook The Parkway has 26 tunnels. There are far more tunnels of greenery in the southern Appalachians, with curving mountain laurels and rhododendrons. Trails through them make you feel that you are traveling into a special place – and you are; it is the place itself. In this...

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Experience Fall at one of Wisconsin’s state parks

There are currently 66 parks in the Wisconsin state system, covering more than 60,000 of the most beautiful acres in the state. In addition to the parks, the Department of Natural Resources administers nearly half a million acres of land in the state forest system. With festival season wrapping up, the kids back in school and options for outdoor entertainment dwindling,...

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Patagonia Capilene 1 SW Stretch T-Shirt

As the hot season arrived, I thought I’d try some of the extremely lightweight hiking apparel available now. I’ve had a Patagonia sweater for 30 years that works and fits as good as new, so I thought I’d look at their offerings. Patagonia marked down a lot of their summer stuff for end-of-season, so I purchased their Capilene 1 SW Stretch T-Shirt....

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Autumn Spectacular: A 2-Week Long Celebration

The tourists are back to work and back in school, the temperatures are back to “beautiful,” the aspen trees are the perfect shade of golden, and the Town of Frisco, Co. is packed full of events and outdoor fun to make Autumn, well, spectacular. September 10-24, 2011, the Town of Frisco will host Autumn Spectacular, a two-week long celebration of everything...

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Iraq war veteran hikes the United States for a cause

An Iraq war veteran returned home from a personal mission to raise money for military families in need. Troy Yocum spent the last 16 months hiking across the United States. He took off on foot from the Louisville Slugger Museum in April, 2010. Today he finished his last mile back at the museum with a crowd of people supporting him. “What a journey!” Yocum...

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Federal money to help complete trail at Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge will use a $5,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to build and improve the Palmetto Trail. The group in Franklin, La. leveraged its funds and volunteer labor to compete for the NFWF grant, according to a press release. The hiking trail, located on Janet E. Road just off of U.S. 90 near Franklin, on...

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A Great Escape To Some Local Hiking Trails For Labor Day Weekend and Beyond

Family outings can be a great escape from the norm, and an escape from cleaning and other entrapments at home, like the television and computer. The Audobon Society has a great way to inspire kids and their families to get out into nature. They created a passport booklet which lists several trails that families can enjoy in Rhode Island. If the kids hike at least six of...

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