Archive for October 13th, 2008

Hiking 101

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

After spending the summer indoors in self-imposed air-conditioned exile, the arrival of fall and the promise of cooler temperatures, are sure to beckon you outside again. Going on a hike in a state park is a simple and enjoyable way to reengage the great outdoors.

Many state parks have more than one trail from which to choose, offering varying levels of difficulty. If the park you are visiting is new to you, consider taking a guided tour to familiarize yourself with the terrain.

A hike is not a race. So, slow down and take time to appreciate your surroundings. State park trails are as varied as the parks they’re in. Some follow streams or take you into the woods, or onto rocky ledges, they are shaded or sun-drenched…. Be on the lookout for wildlife.

When hiking, dress for the weather. Always wear comfortable shoes and protective footwear. Use a hat and sunscreen to save your skin. Insect repellent is always a good call when hiking in heavily wooded and wet areas. And don’t forget to bring water. Experts recommend you have eight ounces of water with you for every hour you plan to be on the trail.

Find details about hiking and state parks at

That’s our show for today… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti