General Trail Use Guidelines
Please do your part in keeping our parks clean and beautiful by practicing the Leave No Trace Principles.
Heading out for a day hike is a delightful way to explore nature with friends and family, or even by yourself. Whether you want to go deep into the mountains or stay closer to home, the places to go are numerous; many state and national parks offer broad networks for trails, as does national forest land.
To determine what you need to bring on a day hike, think about how far you plan to hike, how remote the location is and what the weather forecast has in store. In general, the longer and/or more remote the hike is and the more inclement the weather, the more clothing, gear, food and water you’re going to want.
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What to Bring Day Hiking
These items should be on your hiking checklist:
- Hiking backpack
- Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
- Hiking boots or shoes
- Plenty of food
- Plenty of water
- Navigation tools such as a map and compass
- First-aid kit
- Knife or multi-tool
Franklin County Parks Trail System
Jamison Mill Recreation Area (PDF)
Smith Mountain Lake Community Beach (PDF)
Waid Park (PDF)
Bike Skills Loop
Waid Park now has a bike-skills loop perfect for developing technique and preparing you for your first single track adventure. This loop is designed for all bikes and all ages and is conveniently located adjacent to the playground. This is the perfect place for the whole family to play! A special thank you to; Seven Oaks Landscaping, Lowes, and Sebastian Ellis (Eagle Scout).
Mountain Bike Leave No Trace Ethics Video