TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Whether out in the open or through the woods, hiking is a good way to explore the great outdoors.
Thankfully, here in the Wabash Valley we have plenty of places to wander.
"Wabashiki Trail there outside of West Terre Haute, Fowler Park has a great trail system, Hawthorne Parks got trails; there's a nature area across from Prairie Creek Park," said Adam Grossman. "There's a plethora of trails to pick from."
Grossman is the Assistant Superintendent of the Vigo County Park Department.
However, every trail has it's share of dangers, which is why officials want you to take precautions.
"There's an array of things that can happen," said Grossman. "You need to make sure you tell someone where you're going; where you're going to park. That way they know if something happens, they know where to go find you."
Officials encourage you to always stay on the trails. Not only will this stop you from getting lost; it will also prevent you from hurting the environment.
Of course, most issues you might face are small. These problems include sunburn, poison ivy, and dehydration; all of which come with easy solutions.
"You need to make sure you have suntan lotion, bring a bottle of water, an emergency kit of some kind," said Grossman.
It's also important to have a good pair of shoes. Not only will they help you keep your traction, but they'll stop that pain when you finally put your feet up at the end of the day.
Rules are few on the trail, but the ones that are there are very important. Always make sure your pet is leashed, respect park resources and others who are also out, and as the sun sets make your way off the path.
All of this will lead to a day of nature, exercise, and adventure.
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