It’s a proven fact: physical activity improves health and reduces stress. Whether you walk, run, ride or roll, consistent activity reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, depression and other chronic health conditions.
If you haven’t been physically active recently and have access to a medical provider, ask if there are any limits on your activity plans. This is important if you have medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes or problems with your bones or muscles.
- Pick a trail that matches your ability and accessibility needs.
- Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Bringing a furry companion? Be sure they are welcome on your chosen trail.
Southwest Washington offers numerous trails and recreational opportunities for people of every age and ability. See below for a complete list of local parks and rails.
Before heading out on an adventure – gather what you need for a safe trip.
- Choose comfortable, close-toed walking shoes and socks.
- Check the weather and dress appropriately. Layers that can be removed or added along the way are a good idea.
- If it is sunny, pack a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
- If it is rainy, wear or pack a slicker, rain hat or umbrella.
- Got allergies? Don’t forget antihistamines or an epi-pen.
- Always carry water, a light snack, a few basic first aid supplies and your cell phone.
- Going on a long hike out of cellphone range? Bring a map, a compass and carry a whistle and flashlight.
- Optional accessories: insect repellent, walking sticks, and a pedometer.
- Dogs need supplies too! Pack water, leash and disposable bags for clean-up.
Not everyone has the same access to leisure time. Adding physical activity into your day when you can has positive impacts on your health.
- If breathing is difficult, or you can’t talk while moving, slow down or take a break.
- Set goals and monitor your progress. Reward yourself for meeting goals. A great goal is 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
- Make it social! Enjoying activity with a buddy often keeps people active longer.
Explore a new trail
Looking for inspiration? The following videos feature local trails. Some offer water views, others connect visitors to local history. All offer great opportunities to get moving in nature.
Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway
Multiple access points from 92nd Avenue to Steward Glen Park at Fruit Valley Road and Bernie Road map
Columbia Tech Center Park
17701 SE Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver map
Captain William Clark Park and Cottonwood Beach
SR 500 at 15th Street, Washougal map
Lacamas Park Trails
NW Lake Road and NE Everett Street, Camas map
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Evergreen Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Visit Fort Vancouver's website for a list of their various walks and outdoor activities.
Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge
33501 SE Evergreen Highway, Washougal map
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