In 2016, 331 million people hit the trails in U.S. national parks—a 7.7 percent increase from the previous year and a new record for visitations in the National Park Service’s centennial year. But with 24 million more people on the trails, how can you effectively satisfy man’s most basic need to find solitude in nature?
You might suggest the road—or trail—less traveled, but are you really brave enough to venture off the beaten path? TomTom, for one, thinks so, and they’ve launched a new initiative to not only get more people to the parks, but to encourage them to venture from the trails. After experienced TomTom Adventurer GPS, our editor, Elizabeth Grimsley, quickly turned into believer. Here are some of the reasons she explained why should we ditch popular hiking trails:
- You'll have different stories to tell.
- You can really enjoy nature.
- There are fewer expectations.
- There's no better way to feel like a local.
- Never hike alone or without telling someone else your plan.
more reasons and her experience could be found here: http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/why-you-should-ditch-popular-hiking-trails.
Do you think we should ditch popular hiking trails? and why?