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If you find yourself facing down a muddy stretch, don’t walk off-trail to avoid it. This is a tried-and-true rule in most hiking circles as you can easily damage delicate vegetation. If possible, head to trails at lower elevations, exposed to the southern sun – the ground here will dry out faster than most.
Not sure where to start? There are 400 national park sites in the U.S. and there’s a good chance you live within 100 miles of one. Find Your Park is a collaboration between the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service, created to help you curate your perfect park experience. Give it a try and get out there!
Not everyone has a big backyard for entertaining – or even a yard at all. You can still apply most of these backyard ideas to a porch, patio or small patch of grass. Scale it down with a portable hammock or grill and comfortable camp chairs, or just bring the fun to a local park where there’s plenty of open space to enjoy.