General Considerations to Find a Place to Walk
First thing you ask yourself, what exactly are you looking for? Then, think of the places at your fingertips, in practice. Be sure to know if the activity you're considering is allowed where you want to go. Last and perhaps most importantly, consider what you can handle.
Taking all these things into consideration, you can start looking. There is a list of suggestions and resources at the end of this article.
What are you looking for?
Would you like to add a little bit of contact with nature to your daily life? Consider the city's local gardens or booking grounds. Even private land, if the owner is viable, such as farm fringes, forests, or other undeveloped areas can provide a peaceful and interesting place to visit wild things. Check out the town and local library website for information about parks and outdoor entertainment areas, or just ask about your neighbors. And do not forget your backyard. There may be more wonderful birds, insects and plants there than you would imagine. You never know until you get out of there and open your eyes and ears for some time.
Do you want to find a real wilderness area you can visit once in a while and get to know well? Check out the state's national and national park site, national forest, and other large outdoor recreation areas within your travel range. Read books and articles about the area before your first visit so you know what to expect. Study the roads and parking location so you have a good idea of how long it will take to get there.
Are you planning a business trip or vacation in an unfamiliar place and hoping to explore its natural history directly? Now I got some research to do! See the web for tourist sites in the area you plan to visit. Remember to look for printable field guides for plants and wildlife in the area. Consider several alternatives, if you find out after you arrive, your first choice will not work. (I never came out of Palermo when I visited Sicily, when my planned trip to Aetna was taken because of a volcanic eruption!)
Are you planning a trip where walking is the main goal? A good thing for you! You will need to think carefully and know as much as possible about the place before you leave. Get some information from books and websites. Then get more. Be sure to filter information correctly: If someone has something to sell, it may seem more appealing and easier than before. Find out if you need reservations on campsites, boat hire and such.
Places you can access
Read these maps carefully! A distance of 60 kilometers from the road may seem like an hour drive, but not if it is an unregulated route for entry through an approximate country. You do not want to fall into the wild unprepared, unable to get out before people start to worry about you.
If you plan to visit the area frequently, allow yourself plenty of time to get to know the place. Try some alternative methods to find the best ways. Try some different access points – parking lots, headers etc – before choosing which one will be your "place." You will be returned several times, so stay tuned if you find that your first choice is not as good as you hoped.
If you are going to visit once in a lifetime, you may want to use a directory. Yes, it's expenses and a little intrusion, but it's better than getting into trouble. When you call the guide to plan your trip, make sure you understand your goals – whether you want to race to the peak of the mountain, or just slow down and watch the birds – and give them a true assessment of your abilities. If they take you as part of a group, make sure that the strict round schedule will not make your vacation routine for you.
Is this permitted?
Take an assessment of what you intend to do, and whether it is prohibited or prohibited. Many parks do not allow camping. Fishing is forbidden or restricted in many lakes and rivers. (I know a beautiful pond in the state park where children are only allowed fish.)
Are you planning to bring your dog for long walks? Do not allow all the parks for dogs, and most require that the dog be on the leash.
There are also restrictions on power boats, snowmobiles, and even off-road bikes. Make sure the place you plan to go to allows what you plan to do.
Can you take it?
Make an honest assessment of your physical and mental abilities, and plan for caution. Do you think you can walk twelve miles in a day? Do not plan on more than seven miles in an unfamiliar country.
Read carefully describe the descriptions and degree of difficulty before deciding what you can handle. If the word "rugged", it means that you do not have to plan to put any records of the speed of the land there.
Keep in mind that most guide books are written by people with long experience in hiking and physical condition above average. If you want to be a fries hoping to become a great outdoors man, do not plan to do the same height as the "tough" nude man.
Pay attention to the contour lines you see on most route maps. They tell you how far down the road in general. One mile trail that climbs 500 feet is a picnic in the park. The 2000-foot tilt path may be non-retractable to the average stabilizer.
Once again, make sure that your self-assessment is honest. You may tell the story of a wonderful adventure at home, but you can not fool the elements. When you are off the track, no amount of bravado can compensate for a lack of fitness.
Do not overlook a place because it is common. It is true that crowds remove the feeling of peace and unity, and avoid wildlife contact with people. But if you go in time of the day, you may find something close to the wilderness, even in a place that is usually crowded. Most people are more active late in the day, and most animals are most active at dusk and dawn. This is distributed to you: wherever you go, try going there at dawn.
If you are sufficiently large to have a state or a national park nearby, it is likely that this is your best choice. Otherwise, for frequent quick visits, do not overlook town gardens and private property.
Before walking on your own property, introduce yourself to the owner. As long as they know who you are and what you are, most people are happy to let hiking practitioners use their forests and fields. Of course, some property owners have had bad experiences, and you must certainly respect their rights to protect their property from damage and their livestock from injuries and harassment. Remember that many landlords have agreements with fishing clubs, so they may not be able to let you land on their land during the hunting season.
When planning a trip to an unknown area, make sure you search early. Again, state and national parks are probably your best choices. Not only are they most likely to offer a good walking experience, they are also best documented. Certainly you will not be able to find a source on the web that tells you what to expect in Farmer Jones again forty, but there is a wealth of information about parks. On the other hand, you will find plenty of information about the commercial recreation areas, but all have a financial interest in making you visit the place. Parks are likely to have clear and honest information.
- Your local library. Find books about the destination you've chosen. If you're planning a trip to an area you're not familiar with, look for local-oriented magazines.
- Google. Enter the city or state name and the word "hiking," and you'll find an inexhaustible series of links to information you can use.
- American Hiking Society (http://www.americhaniking.org/). Search the "Alliance of Hiking Organizations" for its affiliated organizations in your area.
- National Park Service (http://www.nps.gov/). Mother is grounded, for the United States.
- Forest Service of the US Department of Agriculture (http://www.fs.fed.us/). Another rich source, divided by US regions.