Ideas for Outdoor Hiking

Ideas for outdoor hiking

If you want to go hiking outdoors, you have no shortage of great places to explore. The more difficult choice might lie in deciding where to go first. We are huge fans of outdoor hiking as well, and we know that there are so many great places to enjoy outdoor hiking, and many of them are right under your nose.

Here are some places where you can enjoy outdoor hiking:

  • State parks
  • National parks
  • Public trails
  • Local parks
  • Your neighborhood
  • Nature preserves
  • Landmark trails


Some of these may be familiar, but some may be new or that you’ve never thought about before. If you search your area, you will see where these trails are located and what type of hiking is available near you.

Combining with Other Activities

You can also combine outdoor hiking with other activities. For example, you can go camping at a state or national park and hike while you are there. Another example is you can do a virtual 5K or 10K while on your hike.

You can bring a camera and get some great nature photography. This will also serve as a fun record of your hikes and the beautiful places you visit.

Additionally, you could bring a sketchbook and draw what you see or a journal and write it all down.

You can also find new places to hike when traveling for business (in your downtime) or while on a family vacation. Search for hiking spots near where you will be staying.

Other Ideas

In addition to the above, there are other ways you can make your outdoor hiking experience even better. You can bring along some friends because hiking is always more fun with a group. Or make it a family affair and use it as an excellent time for bonding and sharing stories, too.

You can also use this as an opportunity to practice mindfulness and mediation while you are out in nature. It’s a great way to get grounded with the earth and to shed away stress from the hustle and bustle of regular life.

Staying Safe

Whatever you decide to do, be sure that you are safe. The first step is to plan your hike correctly, know the location you are going and the weather that day, and always tell someone where you are and when you plan to be done. If you cannot get cell reception the entire hike, be sure to report back once you are out and done for the day.

Bring a backpack to store all the items you will need on your hike and pack heavier items into the bottom. This will balance your center of gravity. Be sure to adjust your backpack correctly, so the weight is distributed evenly and doesn’t create a strain on you.

If you’re hiking with a group, you should distribute the items between the different backpacks. If one pack carries all the food and water, for example, and that backpack gets lost, you will not have anything.

You should also dress appropriately for the weather and wear or bring extra layers. And be sure to use sun protection, even in the winter. People can get burned on overcast or snowy days, even more than on sunny days.

Always remember, hiking is a fun and beneficial activity but don’t overdo it. If you feel tired, rest. And also, remember that your body won’t always show signs of fatigue or overworked muscles until after the fact. If you’re new to hiking, start with smaller, shorter hikes on easier terrain and work yourself up to more challenging and longer trails.