We know that there are numerous benefits to hiking. The good news is that there are a variety of trails to explore in Great Parks of Hamilton County! So why not reap the health benefits, delight in the great outdoors and work toward a goal “to boot” (pun intended, sorry) while conquering old favorites and discovering new trails?
It’s simple really; when you have the opportunity to treat yourself for a hike, choose a Great Parks’ trail and check for any important park updates or closures before heading out. Pack your hiking essentials and enjoy springtime on the trail. After your hike, don’t forget to log your success by tracking your hikes on a 3-by-5-inch card or through the Hiking Staff Program form (download yours below).
The goal is to hike seven different trails in Great Parks in one year. You then become eligible to purchase a wooden hiking staff for $3. Each year after that, when you hike seven Great Parks’ trails, you are eligible to purchase an annual metal emblem for your hiking staff for $2 (limit one emblem per year). Additional emblems may be purchased for $3.95.
Looking for a bigger challenge? To become eligible for the Master Hiker Program insignia, get out there and hike all the trails in Great Parks!
“But how do I get started?” you may be asking. Learn more about the Hiking Staff Program online (scroll toward the bottom of the page). This will give you details about the program and trail information at 14 Great Parks locations so you can plan and prepare for your hiking adventures.
Before you venture out, here are a few helpful hiking tips every adventurer should know:
- Check for park and trail updates on greatparks.org
- Check the forecast and dress for the weather
- Pack your trail essentials – you can download our Hiking Essentials card below
- Pack snacks and extra water
- Pack hand sanitizer, tissues and something to pack your trash out
- Keep in mind that restrooms may be closed
- Apply your Leave No Trace Skills! Enjoy these reminders: Leave No Trace Basics Video & Leave No Trace 7 Principles
- As you encounter other guests on the trail or at a park, make sure to practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet in distance (or 2–3 arm’s length away) from other guests
So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the great outdoors, and follow safety and health guidelines. Happy trails!
Adventure Outpost Team