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Fun Holiday – Take A Hike Day

On November 17, wear your most comfortable hiking shoes and take a hike because it is Take A Hike Day.

Woman out for a hike.
Woman out for a hike.
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A hike is a long walk in the countryside, away from populated urban areas. Hiking can be done for pleasure or for exercise and is usually done on unpaved paths known as trails. The length and duration of a hike can vary from a few hours to multiple days.

Healthy and Social

In many parts of the world, hiking is a social pastime, where people get together to walk through forests, parks, riversides and mountains in order to commune with nature and to bond with their fellow hikers. Many cities and countries have professional hiking associations that organize hiking trips around the year.

Research has shown that hiking can have many health and social benefits. Considered to be a good way to exercise, hiking can have all the benefits associated with walking in nature - it can reduce stress, increase heart activity and reduce blood pressure.

Take a Hike Day is also sometimes known as National Take a Hike Day in the United States.

How to Celebrate?

  • Take a hike!
  • Spend the day exploring hiking trails around your town. Make sure you carry enough food and water with you and tell your family and friends where you are going.

Did You Know…

…that the phrase take a hike is sometimes used in the English language as a rude way to tell someone to leave or go away?

Take A Hike Day Observances

Fun Holiday: Take A Hike Day Observances
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