Top 10 Reasons To Take A Winter Hike

Welcome winter with a hike through the woods!

It’s easy to wish away the season that keeps us cooped up indoors, but there’s nothing wrong with embracing winter, either.

There are over 10 miles of trails inside Lincoln State Park alone. The Trails of Santa Claus are another great option, too. And, the trails inside Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial are dotted with historical references to Lincoln’s life and the time he spent in Indiana.

If you need convincing, here are the top 10 reasons you should be hiking this winter:

  1. After the once rustling leaves have fallen to the ground, find solitude in the stillness of winter. The silence among the trees is so satisfying, especially after a fresh snow.
  2. If bugs keep you off the trails in the warmer weather, winter is your time to take a hike. Take advantage of the bugless outdoors while you can.
  3. Walking on the soggy ground isn’t your thing? The newly installed Trails of Santa Claus are paved for happy dry shoes and feet.
  4. There is no better time to work off those holiday indulgences than now! Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to be more active, work off those extra holiday pounds, or explore the great outdoors? A winter hike will satisfy all of those goals.
  5. Winter hikes are amazing, but not everyone knows that. Enjoy the trails while there are fewer crowds.
  6. Do it for the ‘gram. There’s no such thing as too many pictures of snow clogging your feed. Plus, this view is simply breathtaking. (Don’t forget to tag us with #SantaClausInd and #IndianasAbe while you’re posting!)
  7. Each season offers a different perspective of the same trails. Vibrant and lush leaves are beautiful, but can block a view. The bare trees offer a glimpse into areas you may have never seen before.
  8. Shake off those winter blues. Sunlight can be scarce throughout the winter months. Make the most of the sunshine when it’s available. We could all use a Vitamin D boost.
  9. The weather in southern Indiana can be unpredictable. While we do get snow occasionally, it’s not unusual for the temperature to hover between 40 and 50 degrees in the winter months. Winter hikes aren’t necessarily freezing cold, after all!
  10. It’s free! Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial no longer collects entrance fees, and it’s also free to walk along the Trails of Santa Claus.

No matter the season, hiking is always a good option. What are you waiting for?

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