New Carmel Valley Hiking Trail Opens To Public

The Big Sur Land Trust announced the opening of the South Bank Trail, a 1.5 mile long pedestrian and bicycle path located on the south side of the Carmel River between the area near Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley and Palo Corona Regional Park. The Land Trust secured a $1.2 million grant from the California Resources Agency River Parkways Program to fund construction of the...

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Hikers and Hunters

Hunting season in Western North Carolina is upon us and as hikers we need to be aware that some quarter of a million hunters will share the National Forests and NC Game Lands with us until May. All those purchasing new hunting licenses in NC are required to take a hunter eduction class. They are required to wear a blaze orange hat or cap or wear blaze orange clothing...

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Hike Ontario needs more youth

A gathering of hiking groups and associations from around Ontario was a chance to discuss how to improve trails, get more community involvement and get technically savvy youth on board with trail management. The summit was a gathering of about 50 people. What they had in common was one of the topics – about 90% of them were over the age of 50. There is a great...

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Phoenix rates as elite city for hiking

Vast areas of desert preserve make it irresistible to residents, tourists. Phoenix’s vast network of desert preserves and hiking trails earned the city recognition from National Geographic among the nation’s 15 best hiking cities. Accessible urban trails are a valuable part of what Phoenix has to offer. North Mountain, on Seventh Street south of Thunderbird...

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Hiking Heaven: Hiking trails near Louisville provide travel havens for outdoor lovers

There is no better way to soak in the beautiful fall scenery and to reconnect with Mother Nature than by spending a day hiking. Something about the steady rhythm of hiking boots and constantly moving forward along a winding wilderness trail puts you into a Zen mindset. It’s a great way to clear your mind and relieve stress. Autumn might be the best of all the seasons for...

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Want To Go Hiking But Out Of Shape? Tips For Getting Ready

Going for a walk in the woods is not always an easy affair. In fact, hiking taxes three areas of your body, which for many office-bound people, may be out of shape. “Hiking is going to be a blend of aerobics and muscular endurance with a little bit of strength,” said Kelly Hitchcock, a personal trainer and owner of KH Fitness. Hitchcock said getting into...

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October News and Events

Alabama Hiking Trail Society – Tennessee Valley Chapter The weather is perfect for hiking and we are looking to take advantage by having a couple hikes and some trail work in October. Everyone is invited for hikes on October 16th and 30th as well as to join us for trail work in the Walls of Jericho on October 22nd. The hikes will be easy to moderate and the trail...

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Greybeard Trail, West Ridge Trail, and Big Piney Ridge Trail, Montreat

Montreat is a small community just north of Black Mountain, NC with a world renowned conference center, a college, and best for us, 20 miles of hiking trails that rival those in nearby Pisgah National Forest for quality and scenery. In particular, the Greybeard Trail is an exceptional workout that climbs more than 2300 feet to the summit of Greybeard Mountain on the Blue...

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Glowing for a hike in Maine

The trickle of cars and buses loaded with leaf peepers will soon become a steady stream. From the rough, rocky coast to mountains and waterfalls further inland, Maine possesses some of the most stunning foliage spots in the United States. For savvy hikers, autumn is a great excuse to check out some of Maine’s best hiking trails as well as the changing leaves. This...

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Park trail near Charlotte expands

Troutman Volunteers recently opened a 4.75-mile extension to a major bike and hiking trail in Lake Norman State Park. Construction of the Laurel Loop extension of the Itusi Trail involved 1,726 volunteer hours. The extension adds to the trail’s existing 18 miles. A small group of volunteers began building the Itusi Trail in 2001. Volunteers came from the Tarheel...

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Opening New Hiking Trail

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is opening a new hiking trail in the Park’s Kahuku Unit on Sat. Oct. 8, 2011 with a celebration at the trailhead at 10:00AM followed by a ranger guided hike. The Palm trail is a 2.6 mile loop traversing through scenic pasture along an ancient cinder cone with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. Along the way are relics of...

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Hike of the Week – A Bald Is A Bald Or Is It?

Fri, Oct 7 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 364.5 – Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Join rangers at milepost 364.5 for a 1.2 mile round trip hike up the Craggy Bald Trail and see the differences in heath and heather mountain balds. You will also check on the color change of the trees, and see what tree is showing off the most. Put on your hiking shoes, bring some...

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Virginia’s Natural Ways to Enjoy the Fall Foliage

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to dense piedmont forests to the tranquil coastal waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is the ideal place for people looking to step away from the stress of everyday life and relax and reconnect with loved ones and nature this fall. Virginia’s topography welcomes all types of outdoor recreation – from camping to hiking to water...

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Utah man wants to see original Aspen Grove trail reopened

For many people, September is the perfect month to hike Timp. Before the first snowfall and while the weather is cooler, Caine Alder likes to hike this popular trail. He begins in the Aspen Grove parking lot just up the road past Sundance Resort and follows a winding route past Emerald Lake to the summit of Mount Timpanogos – but his path diverges from most...

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Now This is Hiking Weather

Time to check the hiking boots for dry rot, clean the cob webs out of the backpack, start planning some big hikes. But where to go? Arkansas has some of the best hiking in the country and the trails are not usually very crowded. The evening temps are starting to set up nicely to give us some good fall color. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a little day hike or a...

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Fall is prime time to take in all the colors of Tennessee’s outdoors

Now that we are officially into fall and the leaves are on the brink of their autumn colorfest, it’s time to plan some walks or hikes at any number of the gorgeous natural areas that surround us. Talk about a cheap treat! Middle Tennessee is blessed with umpteen trails, waterfalls and overlooks that come with a wow factor each fall. A great, super-easy way to get moving...

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BRP Hike of the Week – Peaking Out

Fri, Sep 30 10:00 AM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 420 – Black Balsam parking area Join a ranger for a 2.5 mile round trip hike to the top of Sam Knob Summit. The 570-foot elevation gain of this moderate-to-strenuous hike is well worth the effort for the spectacular views from the top. Learn more about this mountain “bald” and see the beginnings of the colorful fall...

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Low Gap and Appalachian Trails to Mt. Cammerer, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You don’t have to climb to 6000 feet to get spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains. In fact, Mt. Cammerer has some of the best views in the national park, yet doesn’t even reach 5000 feet. You can see Snowbird Mountain and the Pigeon River Gorge to the east, and Mt. Sterling south, and the full expanse of the national park to the west. Mt. Cammerer was...

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Re-evaluating Your Hiking Equipment Essentials

Every trail leads hikers to new adventure, so every hiker should be prepared for anything. Outdoor adventurers need good hiking equipment to enjoy a safe and successful trek. Choosing the right equipment is all about keeping it light and carrying as little as possible. Even if you’ve been traveling light on most of your hiking excursions, you should re-evaluate your...

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American Hiking Society Turns 35

The American Hiking Society (AHS) kicks off a year-long celebration of three important organizational Mile Markers this October. The non-profit, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting foot trails and the hiking experience, is planning a series of special activities to commemorate the organization’s 35th anniversary on October 13, 2011, Hike the Hill’s 15th...

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Designation

Thu, Sep 29 3:00 PM Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 326 – Heffner Gap Overlook The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) and the Blue Ridge Parkway are pleased to announce the certification of a new segment of the OVNHT and invite the public to join in a ceremony officially recognizing the designation on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the...

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New trail links Bar Harbor, Acadia

Hotel guests as well as locals living near the College of the Atlantic campus will soon have a new way to access Acadia National Park’s hiking and biking trails located close to downtown Bar Harbor, Maine. About 40 volunteers, park staff and representatives of several nonprofit groups were working in a small wooded lot behind a hotel constructing a new connector trail...

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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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