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Go take a hike! Featured SP blog. More on that subject; care to walk in?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Hiking is my favorite pastime. You don't have to be super fit to enjoy nature, walking trails is a great way to start on a road to fitness! Grab a bottle of water, a camera and put on comfortable shoes.

I've saved the hiking blog featured today for future reference as I still want to travel if and when DH gets better. My question for my Spark friends is:
What are your favorite hikes in your areas? I might add them to my list of must see.

Some of my favorites in New Jersey in no particular order:

Delaware Raritan Canal through central New Jersey.

Flat paths are the old tow paths used by mules still in use by walkers, hikers, joggers and bikes. You can rent canoes and kayaks. Miles and miles of pathway. Many parking areas and historic buildings along the way. Perfect in any season.

Sandy Hook National Recreation Area- part of the National Park system.

There are miles of sandy trails through native blueberry plants, along the beach coast and bay inlet. Watch out for the historic missile base, lighthouse and old fort as well as the nude beach (if it's still there- I won't look!).

Washington Crossing Park, north of Trenton.

There is an old farmstead to visit, you can cross the Delaware on a small bridge, no tolls, to visit the Pennsylvania park which has a more elaborate museum. After miles of walking and investigating stop at the tavern on the NJ side of the bridge.

High Point State park in Sussex commands great views of NY and PA.

Climb the stairs, I think it was 122. All I remember is my quads burning!
The park is large, popular and a great place to picnic. There is also a small beach for lake swimming. It's also a pretty ride in the fall.

Happy hiking!

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    I've been to three of the four! Haven't done Washington Crossing. High Point was back in the Dark Ages.
    1353 days ago
    My favorite hike is in Havi, HI...the day we hiked it had rained earlier. Trail was slick, muddy, treacherous. All down hill! Thankfully I had good hiking shoes and trekking poles...saved me, as did improved core strength. The locals were heading down to the beach in flip flops! I threatened to take off all my clothes and run in the ocean once we reached it...I was that hot. Sanity ruled the day...or more likely I was too dang tired and still had to hike up!

    We are in CO today for our kids' baby shower. Part of it is a hike outside of Boulder...I so love that this is part of the culture here. Beautiful playground all around...meant to be enjoyed!
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    1353 days ago
    These are all places that I would love to hike.

    I live in an area where people from northern Illinois come to retire and people from Missouri come to vacation so there are a lot of fantastic places to hike here. I live near the 2 largest lakes in Illinois and they have hiking trails. But my favorite trails would be in the Shawnee National Forest in places like Garden of The Gods, Rimrock, Giant City, Burden Falls, Bell Smith Springs, Ferne Clyffe, Little Grand Canyon, Lusk Creek Canyon, Bald Knob Cross. You can google picture online of these places in the Shawnee. And then Devil's Prop is 2 miles down the road from me. Warning - we are the only place in the U.S. that closes a road twice a year for the rattlesnake migration. We have copperheads and water moccasins too and most people who lived in the area all of their lives have encountered all 3. I have. http://nationalgeographic.org/news/
    1354 days ago
    I almost posted about that same hiking blog! I have dreams to go to those places, too! We will get back to it! chris
    1354 days ago
    Island Beach State Park was my ex's family's favorite place to go walk the beach, "down the shore". And you have photos of some of their faves already... the Delaware Water Gap, Washington's Crossing being a couple more.

    In my own area, haven't done it in a long time, but the path up Scott's Bluff to view the ruts of the Oregon Trail from the top is something I enjoyed as a kid. Mount Rushmore has some lovely paths in South Dakota, too. Garden of the Gods in Colorado. Ithaca, NY has some gorge-ous hiking opportunities, including bridges over cascading water. High Cliff state park in Wisconsin has some great views to hike among, as well.
    1354 days ago
    These are great pics. I too love hiking -- but generally on a golf course swinging a club occasionally and listening for the birds always!!
    1354 days ago
    I haven't been so ambitious but I do like to take my camera along to some of our local parks. I'm trying to get back into shape to be able to hike some of those trails.

    You've got some great pictures.

    1354 days ago
    What beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing them.
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  • SUE5007
    Any national park in Utah is a must see. :) Arches and Capitol Reef are my favorites.
    Love love love the fall pics you have posted. I would love to spend an entire day there.
    1354 days ago
    Beautiful blog!!
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