Cooler weather means it’s much more pleasant to be outside and not feel like you’re going to spontaneously combust. And not feeling like you’re going to spontaneously combust means that being outside for an extended period of time for, say a hike in the woods, would be more than bearable. It would be delightful.
Below are some helpful tips for hiking in the woods while taking in the breathtaking beauty of North Alabama:
1. Pack well, but light – A map, compass, water, food, lightweight poncho, hat, first aid kit, knife, flashlight, sunscreen, bug spray…these are good items to take with you as you hike. But remember, whatever you take with you, you will carry the entire time.
2. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes – Take an extra pair of socks in case you have to wade through water.
3. Hike smart with a smart phone – There are apps that provide a GPS, flashlight, and bug repellent.
4. Take a hiking pole – A hiking pole transfers some of your body weight to your arms
5. Start early – You don’t want to end up out in the woods after dark, especially if you’re inexperienced.
6. Have a plan – Know where you are and where you are going.
Beautiful places to hike in North Alabama:
Bankhead National Forest
Cane Creek Canyon Preserve
Cathedral Caverns State Park
DeSoto State Park
Hurricane Creek Park
Joe Wheeler State Park
Lake Guntersville State Park
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Monte Santo State Park
Noccalula Falls Park
Point Mallard Park
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge