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Once again fall is approaching and it is important to remember to be safe while hiking during leaf season.

  1. Remember to fuel up before driving up the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway or other long unpopulated viewing areas.
  2. Bring plenty of water to drink during and after your hike. Even though we sweat less in the cooler months it is just as important to stay hydrated due to the cool air’s effect on the throat and lungs.
  3. Snacks are not only fun and delicious but they are essential if you decide you want to go a few extra miles or decide to spontaneously decide to pick up another waterfall trail.
  4. Of course please remember to pack out any trash or scraps that you bring with you.
  5. Do not stray from trails that you are unfamiliar with and always be observant as to which way you’ll need to get back to your car. if the trail is too covered in leaves to see clearly make sure to note what color blaze you must follow; usually marked at the beginning of the trail and every few hundred feet these colorful lines of paint are true lifesavers.
  6. At the end of your adventure be sure to replenish your calories you’ve burned off at Westville Pub to enjoy the spoils of craft beer and farm to table entrees.