Like most state naturalists, West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England loves to hike. In fact, he enjoys outdoor activity so much that in December 2015 he issued a challenge to all West Virginians:
Hike 100 miles of trails at West Virginia State Parks and Forests during 2016
Why issue the Chief’s Challenge? According to Chief England, it’s a great way to get outdoors, explore West Virginia’s natural beauty, enjoy the company of other nature lovers, and get some of that exercise you’ve been putting off. Best of all, it’s free!
Whether you’re already on your way or just getting started, there is still time left to meet the Chief’s Challenge, and we’ve gathered some key reminders to help! So grab those hiking boots and a bottle of water and hit the trails.
Don’t Go it Alone
If you need some extra motivation, find a hiking partner! State Parks personnel schedule guided hikes year-round. Another option is to invite family and friends to participate. Groups of eight or more can book a private hike with a park naturalist.
Check the events calendar for listings and contact information.
Don’t forget that if you meet Chief England’s challenge, he promises something special at the end of the year for those who complete their 100 miles. He’s thinking maybe a hot cocoa party and early winter hike to celebrate. If you any other suggestions, share them with us in the comments section below!
How to Meet the Challenge
- Sign up to get the Chief’s Challenge hiking log sheet.
- Hike 100 miles (or more!) on trails within West Virginia State Parks or Forests this year.
- Make at least 10 of those miles part of a guided hike led by a state park naturalist or activity coordinator.
- When you’ve hiked 100 miles, turn in your hiking log sheet.