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National Take a Hike Day

Take a break and explore the outdoors! National Take a Hike Day is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy nature - so go ahead and hit the trails!
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Celebrate National Take A Hike Day on November 17! This day was created to encourage people to get out of their comfort zones and explore the great outdoors. Taking a hike is an excellent way to enjoy some fresh air, connect with nature, and build healthy habits for physical fitness. It's also a great opportunity for friends and family members to bond in the beauty of nature while having fun together.

History of National Take a Hike Day

National Take a Hike Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1864</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Yosemite Becomes a Park</div><div class='timeline-text'>Yosemite, one of the USA's most beloved hiking destinations, is granted park status, paving the way for public enjoyment of natural spaces.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1910</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Parks Service Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Parks Service is established to protect and promote parks and monuments in the U.S., which often become popular hiking spots.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1937</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Completion of the Appalachian Trail</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Appalachian Trail, stretching from Georgia to Maine, is completed. It becomes a popular hiking trail for nature lovers and endurance hikers alike.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1956</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Grand Canyon National Park Opens</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Grand Canyon National Park opens, offering some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Take a Hike Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Hiking Society inaugurates National Take a Hike Day to promote and celebrate the benefits of hiking.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Take a Hike Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a nature walk</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the day to explore a nearby nature trail. Pack a picnic lunch and take your time, walking slowly and enjoying the views along the way.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a group hike</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Rally your friends and organize a group hike. Pick an interesting spot in the area and head out together to explore and enjoy some time outdoors.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Start geocaching</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt game. Download the app, enter your location, and start searching for hidden treasures in your local area!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a state park</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head out to one of your local state parks and take advantage of all that it has to offer: hiking trails, lakes, rivers, and more.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a night hike</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you're feeling adventurous, try going on a night hike. Bring a flashlight and explore the wonders of the night sky while you walk along the trail.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Take a Hike Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a good form of exercise</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Hiking is a great way to get your heart rate up and burn off some calories. Plus, it can be done almost anywhere - from a local nature park to the mountains of Colorado. No matter where you go, the scenery and natural beauty will make for an enjoyable workout!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It gets you outdoors</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Taking a hike allows us to reconnect with nature and explore the beauty that surrounds us. It can also provide us with much needed downtime away from our hectic everyday lives and give us time to appreciate the little things we often take for granted, like a stunning sunset or the sound of birds chirping in the trees.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It strengthens relationships</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Spending quality time outside with friends and family is one of the best parts about hiking. Whether it's focusing on conversation while walking along a beautiful trail or making a game out of orienteering, it's a great way to bond and strengthen relationships!</p></div></div>

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When is National Take a Hike Day?

National Take a Hike Day is celebrated on November 17 every year. In 2024 National Take a Hike Day will occur on a Sunday.

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