Before you venture outside, especially into a wilderness area, you should make sure to prepare. A lack of understanding your route can easily leave you stranded, and without the proper clothes or equipment you can find yourself in serious trouble.
We want to encourage people to get out and explore New York's wonderful outdoor areas, but we also want everyone to stay safe. We've written several articles offering tips on what to wear, what gear to bring, and how to stay safe. Browse our selection of advice below.
Note that this advice comes from our and others' experience for consideration in planning your excursions. However, ultimately you need to be responsible to gauge your ability to hike a location and prepare sufficiently! If you're not confident, find someone experienced in wilderness hiking to come along and help you plan out your trip. Get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!