Best places to do outdoor hiking trials around Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington resident Cathy Meyer recently returned from spending seven days with a friend hiking over 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park.

“I’ve had the good, the bad and the ugly,” she said. “A lot of good times, hiking with friends.”

On one hike in Georgia, Meyer and a friend encountered a bear which, unphased by their attempts to distract it, stole their food. Since then she’s learned to use a plastic barrel vault that bears can’t open.

During the pandemic, many people have been itching to get out of their houses and spend time in the wilderness. Hiking trails have seen an increase in visitors that continues now.

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