Perhaps the best way to familiarize yourself with your recreational land is also one of the oldest and most common outdoor activities. Hiking, a fairly inexpensive pastime, allows you to experience the beauty of your property in every season. In addition to health benefits for the body and mind, hiking also helps to identify a property’s full potential. Unlock all that your recreational land has to offer with these strategies.
Create/Maintain a Trail System – A sustainable trail is cost-effective and can be assembled in a way that has a positive impact on the environment. Designing, clearing, signing and determining a trail’s purpose are among the important factors to keep in mind before and during construction. Once a trail is complete, maintenance should become the focus. A well-maintained trail is safer and reduces the amount of time and money you’ll spend.
Follow Park Service Guidelines – The National Park Service welcomes some 275 million visitors to more 400 parks each year. The Park Service offers a set of guidelines for determining a sustainable trail which includes minimal impact on nearby ecosystems, leaving soils intact, and proper construction and maintenance. Following these recommendations will assist you in making the most of your trail system. You can also employ the services of foresters, loggers or wildlife biologists for any questions or concerns.
Conservation – A major benefit of hiking is the resulting preservation of your land by following certain measures such as staying on durable surfaces, properly disposing of waste, and respecting any and all wildlife. These eco-friendly practices often referred to as “Leave No Trace,” also result in improved recreation of everything from bird watching to off-roading.
By employing these tactics, hiking will not only become a hobby, it will create a greater connection between you and your land. You will also be able to more easily monitor the condition of your property as well as any potential issues that may arise. Established and sustained correctly, a trail system will help preserve a property while ensuring recreational enjoyment for generations to come.
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