Did you know hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour? Not only that but it:
- Builds bone density
- Improves stamina
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Supports cognitive health
- Builds muscle
- Improves your mood
- Reduces stress
- Creates a personal connection to nature
I could go on, but you get the point. Hiking is highly beneficial to your mind and body, and the American Hiking Society wants to see you get healthy.
The American Hiking Society started national Take-a-Hike Day to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System.
The trail system encompasses national scenic, historic, and recreation trails across the country.
We are fortunate that Ohio is one of eight states comprising the North Country National Scenic Trail. It is the longest trail traversing states from North Dakota to Vermont and is 4800 miles long.
The trail is easily accessible from the Buckeye Trail that winds through Ohio. At nearly 1444 miles long, it takes you to every corner of the state, showcasing the diversity of topography and communities that makes up this exceptional state. With abandoned railroads, exciting communities, historic towns, and untapped wilderness, the Buckeye Trail is an experience for even the beginner hiker to enjoy.
Hiking doesn’t have to be complicated. Trails across Ohio and surrounding states leave no reason to sit at home. There is a trail waiting for you to discover, from old rail beds to The Towpath Trail and the bounty of local, state, and national parks. Don’t wait until November 17. Hiking is free and available year-round.