Cooler weather sends people outdoors to hike and view fall foliage. The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism Association recently released tips for hiking in the woods in north Alabama and a list of recommended hiking places.
6 things to know when planning hikes
1. Pack well, but light. A map, compass, water, food, lightweight poncho, hat, first aid kit, knife, flashlight, sunscreen and bug spray. Remember, whatever you take with you, you will carry the entire time.
2. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Take an extra pair of socks in case you have to wade through water.
3. Hike smart with a smart phone. There are apps that provide a GPS, flashlight, and bug repellent.
4. Take a hiking pole. A hiking pole transfers some of your body weight to your arms.
5. Start early. You don’t want to end up out in the woods after dark, especially if you’re inexperienced.
6. Have a plan. Know where you are and where you are going.
Recommended hiking sites in north Alabama
– Bankhead National Forest
– Cane Creek Canyon Preserve
– Cathedral Caverns State Park
– DeSoto State Park
– Hurricane Creek Park
– Joe Wheeler State Park
– Lake Guntersville State Park
– Little River Canyon National Preserve
– Monte Santo State Park
– Noccalula Falls Park
– Point Mallard Park
– Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge