Blue Ridge Hiking Suggestions.
From our experience in the Blue Ridge, we found out that hiking is one of our visitors preferred activities so we deemed it appropriate to give you some suggestions to make your hiking trips safer and quite an experience. There are many trails in the Blue Ridge area including the well known Benton MacKaye Trail and the Appalachian Trail. These trails provide ample hiking opportunities for all kinds of hikers. More than one trail leads to some beautiful waterfalls including Long Creek Falls. There are trail heads situated all around the Blue Ridge area.
Now here are our suggestions:
- Inform someone about where you are going to before you leave. If there are no one around, when you are leaving, do well to call a friend back home just to let them know the specific location you will be starting from and what trail you will be on. Let them know you will call when you return.
- Go Hiking in groups or use the close-friend system. The truth is even experienced hikers can get into trouble while trailing in the wild so it is advisable to make use of the buddy, or close-friend system. A lot of things can transpire in the wild; from getting bitten by snakes and bugs, to a slip and a fall. It is far better never to hike alone. Even if you are hiking with a group ensure that someone not in the group knows where you are starting and when you expect to back come.
- Keep the water coming; stay hydrated. Take with you sufficient water for the day, you will be refreshed and your pack will get lighter as the day progresses. It is recommended that you carry more water than you think you would need. With hiking comes different challenges like hotter weather and longer routes.
- Take with you snacks to keep your energy level high during the hike. Ensure you have a little extra food and water. You will need them. See to it that you pack up all trash and keep your food in well insulated containers to prevent attracting the attention of predators.
- Bring along sunscreen as well as bug spray. I would personally recommend you carry a stick so you are able to move plants that could be prickly or poisonous. It is also advisable that you wear hiking boots to gain good footing and to protect your feet and ankles from bugs, animals, and dangerous plants.
- When you plan for a hike, plan one that is suitable for everymembersof the team and let the slower person lead. If you want to take a rest, ensure the resting area is thoroughly searched for snakes and hard rocks.
- Put on wicking type fabric not cotton. Fabric will keep you cooler and dry away moisture even in cold weather. Wear brightly colored clothes not camouflage. Putting on conspicuous clothing is especially key so that you could be seen if lost or if hunters are in the area, so you are not mistaken for an animal.
- Avoid climbing waterfalls, it can be very dangerous andcould distortthe natural environment.
- Keep in mind that you are in the home of many wild creatures so show some respect and pick up all trash; do not litter and do not take off rocks or anything from the natural setting. Snakes prefer to hide in thick bushes, leaves, and beneath rocks orwood; sowatch it! Maintain walking on your trail and don't disturb any rocks or wood.
- Bring with you a whistle so that you can be easily heard and seen should there be an emergency or should you miss your way. It is much easier and effective to use a whistle for a long time than it is to yell.
While all of these precautions are great, don't forget the most important thing: enjoy the wildlife, nature, and beauty!