Find your next trail adventure with State Day Hikes guides from Waterford Press


Outdoor adventures are closer than you think, but you might need a little help finding them. Waterford Press, partnering with American Trails, has launched a day hikes series designed to introduce you to family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible hikes in your state.

Working with experts from American Trails, Waterford Press listed 20 beginner-level trails in each folding pocket guide, all within a few-hours drive from major cities and communities. The first four guides, now available for $7.95 each, highlight hikes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and North Carolina. The next set of guides — Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire and Texas — will be available this fall. Within the next few years, all states will be featured.

The guides are printed on laminated paper and show maps and illustrations on six panels, front and back. They’re lightweight and fit easily into a backpack. Each features easily accessible trails in parks and wild areas with little elevation changes, referenced as grade percentages.

In 2020, 52 million people went hiking across the country. These guides are perfect for Cub Scout families, Scouts looking for a fun place to hike or anyone looking for a perfect daytrip location. They help you enjoy the outdoors on your terms.

They’ll complement your Scout’s 10 Outdoor Essentials, as a map and compass are some of the items Scouts should bring on outings to Be Prepared.

You can find the State Day Hikes guides wherever books are sold, including the Waterford Press site, where you can also find folding pocket-sized guides with more than 900 titles in print, including astronomy, birding, edible wild plants, wilderness survival and more.

Waterford Press is the largest publisher of pocket-sized guides and is devoted to the preservation and protection of natural resources. A portion of sales from each State Day Hikes guide will go to the American Trails’ trail fund, which is used to maintain trails.

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Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.