Why Now is a Great Time to Explore Outdoor Trails Less Traveled

It’s safe to say that the COVID-19 crisis has shut down most of the world. Public events where more than ten people would gather are postponed or canceled outright. Nonessential businesses are closed. The only way anyone can enjoy a meal from their favorite restaurant is by ordering it to go or having it delivered. The social distancing rules and guidelines put into effect may be mainly preventing people from spending time in public, but it hasn’t stopped them from spending time outdoors. People have found that going outside for walks, jogs, and bike rides is a great way to spend time in this era of social distancing. That’s not a bad thing. The problem is that having everyone in your neighborhood go outside for a walk defeats the purpose of social distancing. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem that doesn’t involve giving up and staying home. If you want to enjoy the outdoors while staying away from people, look for outdoor trails where there aren’t many people.


Depending on where you are, this may be easier said than done. If you live in a suburb or major metropolitan area, there’s probably a park with a nature trail near you. This is a great place to start, if only because it’s so accessible to you. You will need to act quickly to take advantage of these kinds of trails, though. As more and more people discover these places, the more likely they are closed. There may be some places near you that are still open, so take some time to look them up before you head out.


If you live in a more remote part of the country or you can travel, you have some more options. For example, if you like to ski and your favorite ski resort is closed, there are plenty of places that allow for backwoods skiing. The same applies to remote fishing, boating, and hunting areas where people are less likely to congregate. There’s no guarantee that your favorite secret fishing or hunting area will remain a secret for long, so take advantage of it while you can. It’s the best way to engage in your favorite hobbies and get some fresh air during this crisis.