As you make your way along the trail, leaves crunch underfoot and a breeze whispers among the treetops. Up and down you go, escaping technology and stress.
Spending time in nature is vital for our health and well-being, say researchers. There are many great places to hike throughout North Carolina; miles of trail can be found at state parks and recreation areas. Serious hikers can walk from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
“Just getting out in the woods can have a profound impact on people,” says outdoor writer Joe Miller.