Are you interested in going hiking? Whether you would like spend one day hiking or five days, you will need to find both the right park and the right trail. Although you can choose any location you want, you may want to take the time to find and choose the best one. Those who take the time to narrow down and handpick their favorite ones are more likely to have an enjoyable time.
Although it is nice to hear that you should take the time to find the perfect hiking trail, you may be wondering exactly how you can go about doing so. In all honesty, there are an unlimited number of ways that you can go about finding the best option for you. A few of the many approaches that you can take are outlined below.
1: Determine your criteria
Before you start your search, you have to determine what it is you’re searching for. While there are plenty of things to consider (forests, hills, climate) there are three general standards most people take into consideration: safety, cleanliness, and price.
2: Ask people you know for recommendations.
This limits the amount of research that you have to do yourself. If you know of anyone- a friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker- who enjoys hiking, you may want to see if they can give you any recommendations.
3: Contact your local hiking trails or hiking parks.
If you are looking to hike locally, you should be able to find the contact information of local options by using your phone book. By contacting some of your local hiking parks or hiking trails, you may be able to get information on the trails in question. If you live close enough to the hiking trail or park you’re interested in, consider stopping by to get additional information (such as pamphlets or brochures) in person.
If you’re looking for something further away, your most accessible tools will be the internet and your cell phone, though your most effective option may be to wait until you’ve arrived at your destination and either visit the sites in person or ask locals in the area.
On that same note, if you’re travelling in from out of town and unsure where to begin, rest-areas are always stocked in information for out-of-towners, from pamphlets on popular tourist attractions to maps of the area.