With its mountains and valleys, pristine villages, and off-the-beaten-path excursions, Georgia is a hiker's dream. Hiking in the state is best done in the late spring and early summer. Traveling to the mountains before this might be difficult due to melting snow and landslides, and the summer can be extremely hot starting in late July. However, each trail is unique, and in the winter, other activities such as skiing and snowshoeing are available.
There are 48 state parks, 15 historic sites, and numerous wildlife preserves under supervision of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Other historic sites and parks are supervised by the National Park Service and include the Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville; Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area near Atlanta; Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park at Fort Oglethorpe; Cumberland Island National Seashore near St. Marys; Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island; Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah; Jimmy Carter National Historic Site near Plains; Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park near Kennesaw; Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta; Ocmulgee National Monument at Macon; Trail of Tears National Historic Trail; and the Okefenokee Swamp in Waycross, Georgia.
With these beautiful state parks and trails to hike, it is of high importance when you hike that safety comes first. Below are the safety tips when hiking in Pooler Georgia.
Hiking Tips & Waterfall Safety
Nobody intends to become lost, yet it does happen from time to time. Every year, park rangers in Georgia spend countless hours looking for hikers who did not return on time, slipped on waterfalls, wandered off the trail, or had other issues. For a fun and safe hike, follow these expert tips:
- Climbing on wet rocks or waterfalls is never a good idea. These can be shockingly slick, and simple falls might result in serious head injuries. Never go beyond the confines of a fence or a restricted location. Keep a tight eye on children when they're near a waterfall.
- Keep on the marked trails. Taking shortcuts and “bushwhacking” causes erosion and raises your chances of getting lost significantly. Pay attention to trail blazes (paint marks on trees) and landmarks as you hike.
- Plan your route so that you arrive at your destination or return to the trailhead before it becomes dark.
- Hiking alone is not recommended because the “buddy system” is safer in any activity. If you're traveling with a group, stay with them at all times.
- Let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back. Remember to check in with them when you return.
- Bring lots of water and snacks for yourself, your children, and your dogs.
- Bring along a basic first-aid kit, a flashlight, a whistle, and weather-appropriate clothing.
Tips for Hiking with Children
- Teach children that getting lost will not get them in trouble.
- Reassure children that if they go missing, people (and possibly dogs and helicopters) will look for them. Do not hide from searchers; instead, respond to their inquiries.
- Do not run. Instead, “hug a tree” and build a cozy “nest.” This keeps you from roaming even further.
- Talk to your kids about what to do if they get lost, no matter where they are (city or wilderness).
- Prepare a whistle for them and attach it to their clothing.
- Create a password that a child will react to if they are picked up by a stranger. This password can be used by searchers.
What to do if you are lost
- Stay in one place.
- Make a safe haven.
- Keep yourself warm and dry.
- Make yourself seen and heard.
- If helicopters are searching the area above you, look for an opening in the trees. Lie down to make yourself appear larger from above.
The following items should be carried by every hiker:
- First-aid kit
- Small flashlight with extra batteries
- Energy food
- Brightly colored bandana
- Trash bag (preferably a bright color, such as “pumpkin bags” sold in autumn). Poke a hole for your head and wear it as a poncho to stay dry.
Pooler, Georgia is blessed with some of Georgia’s most beautiful hiking areas that you don’t want to miss. Here’s our list of the best of the best you shouldn’t miss:
- Guyton Rails to Trails
- JF Gregory Park Trail
- McQueen's Island Trail
- New River Linear Trail
- S&S Greenway
- Savannah & Ogeechee Canal Trail
- Spanish Moss Trail
- Tom Triplett Trail
These amazing hiking trails are located just down the street from our location at just off Outlets Way at 201 Tanger Outlets Blvd #710. Stop by for a visit anytime!