Hiking vacations are more popular than ever now with travelers. My favorite places for hiking are the Swiss Alps and our own trails right here in the USA.
|Swiss Treks, Courtesy of Rubicon Outdoors, AZ|
How do you find hiking trails and trustworthy companies who organize these trips?
|ADT Logo Courtesy of ADT Society|
Did you know a person may travel 6,800 miles on non-motorized trails across 15 states in the USA; from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California, because of American Discovery Trails (ADT)?
These total miles include two major routes through central United States, north through Iowa and south through Missouri between Colorado and Ohio.
|USA Hiking Trails from ADT website|
Examples of American Discovery Trails Trips
From local day trips to long adventures across USA, the trails are accessible for people to see all different types of geography. I enjoyed reading the hiking accounts of Jim Hopson, from his article at Poynter.org on Oct. 9, 2007, when he hiked through select portions of the trails like "Katy Trail" in Missouri, from St Louis to Kansas City.
Other examples published from the American Discovery Trail Journal blog on April 5, 2006, are when hikers Ken and Marcia Powers completed the first Atlantic to Pacific trail in 231 days. And you will be able to read about Matt Parker as the first horse rider to cross 4,000 miles beginning in May 2003 to November 2005 on the American Discovery Trails Society website.
|Ken & Marcia Powers, Image courtesy of ADT Society|
American Discovery Trails Society is a non-profit organization formed to connect trails in local communities crossing the USA. The funding is supported by three entities:
- Members of the American Discovery Trail Society with affordable donation dues
- American Hiking Society
- Corporate financial and promotional support
- 8 National Scenic Trails, which are protected scenic corridors for outdoor recreation located primarily in the backcountry
- 12 National Historic Trails, which recognize prominent routes of exploration, migration, commerce, and military actions
- Over 800 National Recreational Trails
Insider Information about American Discovery Trails
- Equipment is the same as backpackers use and information may be found at websites like American Hiking Society. ADT allows postings of upcoming trips from users to plan their trips before and afterwards.
- Rules and procedures such as which trails are dog-friendly are specific and people should inquire with the local community, contact information is available at the ADT website.
- Registration is not necessary to use the trails, however, on longer treks it is advisable to keep in contact in case of emergency.
American Discovery Trails Society is currently developing high quality digital maps of the trails for people to use. Additional information may be found ADT website or by calling (800) 663-2387 or (703) 753-0149
Please use our new website to reserve your own (DIY) hotels across USA.
|When Hiking, Stop and Hug a Tree! - Image from DW|