Are you interested in doing something fun and exciting on a day that you may have off from work or a weekend with no plans?  If you are and if you are like many other Americans, there is a good chance that you may be interested in doing something recreational such as going on a hike.

Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities in the United States. Most cities and towns have at least one hiking park or hiking trail and many have multiple.

One of the many reasons hiking is such a popular recreational activity is because it can be an easy stroll or a challenging trek, and everything in between.

Hiking is also popular because it can be completely solitary or with a group of friends. It is also a great family activity.

Another reason why hiking is growing as an activity of choice is because it is a workout in nature rather than a boring, stuffy gym.

In addition to being great for us physically, spending time outdoors has been proven time and again to have beneficial effects on our emotional and mental wellbeing. The Vitamin D exposure (safely of course, wear your sunscreen!) and the fresh air are just two of the countless benefits of time spent outdoors.

Finding a hike near you:

  • recreation.gov
  • americanhiking.org
  • americantrails.org