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National Walking Day: celebrate on these beautiful trails

National Waking Day is today, the first Wednesday in April. The day celebrates the easiest way to be healthy: walking. Walking for 30 to 60 minutes per day can improve your health so check out these beautiful hiking trails in and around TDS communities across the country!

Arizona: Navajo Bridge – Glen Canyon
On Jan. 12, 1929, the Navajo Bridge, or originally known as the Grand Canyon Bridge, opened as a direct route from Utah to Arizona. For 66 years the bridge was used for transport until vehicles and trucks became larger and heavier. A new bridge was constructed in its place as a way for motor transportation while the original bridge remains in use as a pedestrian bridge. With only a 13-minute walk across the bridge, it’s great for short hikes and makes an excellent photo spot.

Minnesota: Fifth Falls and Superior Hiking Trail Loop
This easy, 3-mile trail at Gooseberry Falls State Park will take you on a scenic tour of waterfalls, beautifully wooded areas, and the serene Gooseberry River. The trail is dog-friendly and great for any time of the year.

New Hampshire: Mount Willard Trailhead – Crawford Notch State Park 
Reap the rewards of this 3.2-mile moderate hiking trail with breathtaking panoramic views of Crawford Notch and glimpses of a waterfall. This hike can be on the steeper side and in closed wooded areas. Don’t forget to bring your dog along with you on this one!

Gooseberry Falls

New York: Chittenango Falls 
A steeper hike with a view that will pay off, the trail to Chittenango Falls takes only around half a mile to get to and swimming is a must. The falls reach 167-feet high and cascade over beautiful bedrock. Picnic tables are available here so pack a snack while you take in the scenery.

South Carolina: Twin Falls – Pickens Mountains
Picture this- you stop to take photos of a beautiful 75-foot-high granite slab waterfall alongside its smaller twin waterfall on your afternoon hike of only ¼ of a mile into the Eastatoe Creek Gorge. That is exactly what this trail has to offer you as you go through a private nature reserve that the public has been granted access to.

Wisconsin: Lion’s Den Gorge
You can find Lion’s Den Gorge on the shore of Lake Michigan in Grafton. With over three miles of trails, enjoy the views of a cedar forests and many natural bodies of water along the way. This is an easy hike that has close by access to picnic tables at the beginning for a packed lunch to get you started. Open all season, this trail is easily accessible.

Wisconsin: Ice Age National Scenic Trail – Eau Claire Dells Segment
This is an easy hike with stellar views. Within the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, this 3.6-mile trek is a great option for shorter, scenic trips. The rocky hike takes you to the still standing bedrock left behind by the glaciers of the last ice age.

 

Written by Meagan Brown

About Missy Kellor

Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids.
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