Are you ready for a hike?
There’s no better way to experience the best of the mountains in one place than with a hike at iconic Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. The better you prepare for your adventure, the more fun you’ll have.
Water is a must.
Hydration is key to a successful hike, but you would be surprised at how many folks come unprepared. It’s best to drink plenty of water before you come, so you’re well hydrated before you start. Then, continue to drink more as you go. Be sure to pack a bottle of water or buy some to take with you. A telltale sign of dehydration is light headedness and fatigue. Sit down, drink some water or Gatorade and rest till you begin to feel better.
The Right Shoe for the Job.
We’ve all heard that there’s a right and wrong way to dress for a job intervie0w. The same can be said about the shoes you choose for a hike. As a rule, hiking shoes should fit snug everywhere, be tight nowhere and offer room to wiggle your toes - that way you have perfect footing along the trail.
Snacks for the Journey.
Got a full day of hiking ahead? Make sure you pack snacks that are trail friendly, which means they’re portable, easily accessible and nutritious.
Backpack. A Place for Everything.
Once you’ve got all of your supplies, you’ll want to pack them in a bag that’s easy to carry. Outdoor stores can fit you for the perfect pack if you’re in need of one.
Who is Going to Hike with Me?
It’s easy to know what kind of hiking experience you want, but if you’re traveling with a group you might want to think about who is coming with you. Does your party have smaller children or someone with mobility limitations? You might want to choose a gently-sloping, shorter trail.
Hats and Sunscreen. Protection from the Elements.
If you’ve ever spent a few hours on the trail, especially in the spring or summer, you’ve probably dealt with a sunburn or two. You’ll thank yourself for using both when you come for a day of hiking.
How Far Do You Want to Go?
Time and other factors often affect the way we plan. it’s important to consider how long you want to be gone and how far you’d like to go. Do your research so you’re sure to get back before the Park closes.
Capture your Memories.
Bring your camera or cell phone. Take some photos of your favorite views and/or your friends and family that accompany you. Relive your trip every time you look at your pictures and share them with others. Enter the Park’s Seasonal Photo Contest and win some prizes, too.
When is the Best Time to Hike?
If you’re interested in beating crowds, making great time on your hike or avoiding the heat, you’ll want to plan on hiking earlier in the day. It often heats up as the day wears on and more folks come mid-day, making it more congested.
How to Choose the Best Hike for You
I think we’ve all joined a friend for an outing and midway through thought “this is not what I expected to do!” Ask yourself these questions before choosing your next hike.
What Do You Want to See?
Whether you want to see amazing views, birds, flora or fauna, it’s important to do a little research about the trail before your hike. Some trails, like the Park’s Outcroppings trail, provide great views. Wildflower lovers will want to check out the Four Seasons trail and the Hickory Nut Falls trail.