Get Into Barefoot Hiking

Go Prepared

Make sure you bring some first aid with you—just in case. Because your skin and digits are more exposed, being prepared in the off-chance that you lose focus for a second and stub your toe on a hard rock or root, breaking the skin or a bone, will do you wonders when you have to walk barefoot back to your car.

Appreciate Nature

Most die-hard barefoot hikers shed their shoes to feel the earth more closely and achieve a sense of freedom. A decade ago, two sisters from Maine (Lucy and Susan Letcher) hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia and back—sans shoes.

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About the Author

Christina Scannapiego

Christina Scannapiego is the Outdoors editor for Active.com. She?loves yoga?and is fanatical about getting her?endorphins pumping outside.

Christina Scannapiego is the Outdoors editor for Active.com. She?loves yoga?and is fanatical about getting her?endorphins pumping outside.

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