How do I find trailheads?
February 21, 2010 4:56 PM Subscribe
I know the park exists. I know the trail exists. I have my hiking shoes, my camera, and a car. Now where the heck is the trailhead?
posted by schroedinger to science & nature (22 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I grew up in semi-rural areas where hiking was plentiful and easy to find (go to your backyard). Now in my adulthood I'm living in city and suburban areas where hiking is much more difficult and the outdoors consists of a paved trail around a park.
Now, I haven't had any trouble finding hiking trails and state parks despite this. But I'm having a devil of a time finding out where to actually go to start my hike. I can find the park--it's a big green blob on Google--I know the trails exist from what the Internet tells me--but finding the trailhead, and where to go that's not a park or playground, that's been a different matter. I just spent two hours driving around Northern Philadelphia because I wanted to go hiking in the Wissahickon Gorge Valley.
So how do you find the start of your hiking trails? Is there a good website (that does not require pay like Trails.com) where I can find directions on where good trails are and if they will be actual dirt hiking trails or paved pathways? What am I missing here?