Many people consider themselves hikers. There are those who camp for the night until they start hiking the following day. Other people enjoy camping, and may take a hike from time to time while on a camping trip. Hiking and camping are both great outdoor activities that we are able to enjoy on the same trip – and we should!
Not only does hiking keep you active while you’re camping, it’s a great way to see the area you are in, spot animals in the woods and enjoy great views you may miss otherwise. It’s also a family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy.
Many campgrounds have trails that start close by, making it easy to jump on one for a short or longer hike. There may be a river, beach, waterfall or overlook that you could miss out on if you don’t walk to it. Get your camping group together after breakfast or lunch, take some snacks and head out on a trail.
Many campgrounds have several different levels of trails close by so everyone can be accommodated. Whether you are looking for something hard or flat and easy, or a longer or shorter distance, there will most likely be something to fit your requests.
No matter what kind of hiking excursion you decide on, make sure to bring plenty of water. Bring snacks as well, especially if you plan to hike to a destination, like a swimming area or scenic waterfall where you plan to stop and spend some time. Let someone know where you are planning to go and bring a map. Even if you know where you are going and there are markers on the trail – it’s always best to be prepared.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy hiking so make sure you plan some time to get everyone together to enjoy walking on the trails.