Backpacking in Your Local Area

You don’t have to travel a long distance just to find a great place to go backpacking. Some of the best areas can be sitting right under your nose in your own state or even within your county.

Whether you’re looking for a place to go hiking and camping for one night or an entire week, there are numerous places to explore in your local area. All it takes to find them is a little bit of research.

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Federal and State Land for Backpacking Trips

There is an abundance of federally-owned land throughout the United States that offer ideal spots for tromping through the unknown, as well as national cultural regions, rivers, parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

Check online at your state’s national wildlife conservation, parks and historic preservation websites that offer information about local backpacking near you.

In addition, there are always some awesome hidden jewels to explore near you that are state owned. Visit your Texas state park and recreation website for information on local trails that you can backpack.

You’re sure to find areas to explore that propose breath-taking scenery, beautiful wildlife, amazing caves, and/or refreshing streams and waterfalls.

Word of Mouth Offers Some of the Best Places for Backpackers to Hike and Camp

There are so many unknown hiking and camping trails that are within easy reach of where you live. The key is to find them, and sometimes the best way to do that is simply to ask others. Check with your friends and co-workers, and you might want to think about joining a club for hikers. Through word of mouth, you’re bound to find out about some real secretive places that you have never heard of.

Your Backpack Should Contain the Basic Essentials Needed

Before you go wandering off into the wilderness on an overnight outing to test your outdoor survival skills, make sure you have you have everything you will need. Even the lightweight backpacker has a list of basic items that he always carries, along with a first aid kit.

If you have never gone on an overnight hike before, find out what you should take in your backpack. Never just assume that you know what to take, and remember that winter overnight hikers require warmer clothes, heavy sleeping bags, and may need more water and food than summer backpackers.

Source: The Practical Sports Hiking Team