Great hikes of America

Ever since Lewis and Clark made their trek across the continent with Sacagawea, Americans have been moved to experience the variety of great-outdoors attractions available in the U.S. From redwood forests to Gulf Coast beaches, from Maui’s mountains to Alaska’s distant reaches, this land was made for lacing up hiking boots and launching down trails. Indeed, all 50 states...

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Canadian Cross-Country Hiking Trails

Nature hikes in Canada will range from the most empowering and physically demanding trails, to footpaths natives took to get from one area to the next. Canadians love the outdoors, and it shows. The country’s current plan to construct not one, but two, cross-country recreation trails, is a sheer testament to the passion of nature hiking in the country as a whole. The two...

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Keeping Pace When Hiking

Pacing is an essential part of hiking because it allows people to reach goals and objectives that they may not have otherwise been able to reach. As long as the steps of the participant are measured and regular, they will be able to keep going on for much longer than they would normally. Hiking can be a draining experience for those that are unprepared. Often times,...

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Today’s Hike – Coontree Loop

Went hiking on the Coontree Loop to Bennett Gap in Pisgah National Forest today. It was a nice mild day, but very, very humid. There had been significant rainfall yesterday as the trail was still quite wet, but surprisingly Coontree Creek didn’t have much water in it. In the photo, I paused for a moment while crossing the creek. The view from Bennett Gap of Looking...

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Join CMLC on a Public Hike to Connestee Falls Saturday, July 16

On Saturday, July 16, join the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a hike to view the spectacular Connestee Falls waterfall from a vantage point not typically available to the public. This is a CMLC Hiking Challenge Hike! In addition to Connestee Falls, hikers will have the opportunity to view four other waterfalls: Upper Batson Creek Falls, Middle Batson Creek Falls,...

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Lightning storm safety for hikers

Thunderstorms and lightning are a common occurrences throughout the United States, particularly in June, July and August. While the best defense is not to hike on days when thunderstorms are likely, there’s still a good chance that you’ll be caught in one with little warning. Here are some important safety tips to keep you safe if you find yourself in a...

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Vermont trail club opening new trail in Avery’s Gore

AVERY’S GORE, Vt. — The Green Mountain Club has broken ground on a major new hiking trail in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The new “Split Rock” trail on Middle Mountain in Avery’s Gore, population zero, is part of the club’s effort to provide greater access to the Kingdom’s beautiful mountains to Vermonters and visitors. The new trail begins off the Gore Trail and...

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Wilderness Skills: What to do when…

Saturday, July 16th — Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater (milepost 316) 7:30pm: While out hiking you may become lost, get injured, encounter wildlife, or endure a thunderstorm. What do you do then? Come find out!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week: Shades of Summer

Friday, July 15th — Rough Butt Bald Overlook (milepost 425) 10am: — Join Parkway Rangers for an easy 4 mile hike to the base of Mount Hardy. Experience the magic of cool crisp hiking through high altitude Balsam Fir forests. Take note of the plethora of varying shades of greens and browns. Meet at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook (MP 425) just south of...

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How to use pepper spray during a bear attack

When hiking in bear country, it is recommended that each hiker carry his or her own can of pepper spray. If a bear attacks, you will be happy if you have already practiced these six tips: 1.) Have your can of bear pepper spray readily accessible. Wear it in a holster on your hip or shoulder strap of backpack. Don’t pack it away inside your fanny back or backpack – you...

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Olympic National Park’s Mountain Goat Plan Warns Of Dangers of Urinating On Hiking Trails

With hopes of preventing another fatal encounter between a hiker and a mountain goat, Olympic National Park officials will urge hikers not to urinate on trails, as the salty deposits in effect become “long linear salt licks.” Bob Boardman, of Port Angeles, Washington, was gored to death by a mountain goat last Oct. 16 on a park trail near Klahhane Ridge some...

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Hanging Lake: A National Natural Landmark

The pristine turquoise lake known as Hanging Lake has always been one of the most popular hikes for visitors to Glenwood Springs, CO. Located along Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, the breathtaking one-mile trail has awed countless hikers for decades. Now the scenic spot has another big fan – the U.S. federal government, which recently designated Hanging Lake as a...

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Ethical hiking in Annapurna, Himalayas, Nepal

Hike through the Himalaya’s while giving back to the Nepalese community. Lisa Young explored 
a new community trek route that passes through the spectacular Annapurna mountains to Kopra Ridge. This route focuses on what’s known as ‘socially conscious trekking’, which means they stayed in lodges that help support 
the community. Lisa’s Trekking tips: Travel...

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