What is National Hiking Day?
National Hiking Day timeline
One of the first, major manicured hiking trails is created to lead up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.
In 1838, Scottish-American environmentalist John Muir is born, arguably the father of modern hiking and outdoorsmanship.
A team of mountaineers reached Elbrus - the highest mountain in Europe.
The National Trails System is established.
He becomes the first person to reach the highest mountain peaks on all seven continents.
Volunteers put in 241,936 hours maintaining the Appalachian Trail for future hikers to enjoy.
National Hiking Day FAQs
How do I celebrate National Take a Hike Day?
You can celebrate National Take a Hike Day by getting lost, in a manner of speaking. Obviously it’s enjoy a nice stroll in the woods but make sure you bring your compass and ample amounts of water!
Do I tell someone to go away on National Take a Hike Day?
National Take a Hike Day is about more about hiking than about telling someone to go/get away.
What day is National Hike Day?
How to Observe National Hiking Day
Go for a hike
There’s nothing like getting out in the great outdoors. Grab some hiking boots, a sack lunch, a backpack, and some water, and hit the trail! Once you start, you’ll wonder why you don’t do this more often.
Share your experiences
Proud of your accomplishment? Take photos and share your hiking experiences on social media! Add hashtags like #NationalTrailsDay and #TakeAHike to inspire others to go out in the great outdoors.
Take a "Volunteer Vacation"
Hiking in exotic and diverse locations, all while giving back and building/maintaining trails all around the world. What could be better? Check out the American Hiking Society’s “Volunteer Vacation” for information on how you can make this dream a reality.
Walk This Way: 3 Fascinating Hiking Stats
Not just a walk in the park
If you hike the entire Appalachian Trail, you’ll be walking between five to seven months.
It’s what the people want
In 2008, “proximity to trails” was the most important amenity to prospective home buyers (this outranked things like access to shopping, golf courses, security, etc.).
It Makes You Appreciate Your Food
Believe it or not, hiking makes food (like freeze-dried foods or energy bars) taste up to 35 percent better.
Why National Hiking Day is Important
It's fantastic exercise
Don't get us wrong — we love our gyms. But walking on a treadmill is more akin to what hamsters experience inside their wheels. To get a better workout, hit the trail. The changes in elevation from flat, to slight incline, to steeper incline, to downhill — all help you use muscles that you may not flex everyday. Plus, on a leisurely hike, you don't feel pressured to keep up with the Joneses in the gym.
Hiking makes you happy
Endorphins and serotonin make people happy — and you get plenty of them when you’re hiking. These hormones help fight off anxiety, prevent loneliness and depression, and improve your mood. Plus, if you bring a friend along, you’re sure to have a good time.
Hiking is for every age
Whether it’s hiking the Appalachian Trail or simply walking a well-worn path, nearly every person of every age can go hiking. Plus, since you get to choose the location, the path, and often the terrain, you get to decide how much you want to push yourself.
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