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Baton Rouge Named One of the Worst U.S. Cities for Hiking

09:00 March 22, 2021
By: Kala Hathorn

After a year of being quarantined, many of us cannot wait to get back to living life outdoors. The smell of the luscious green grass and the sound of nature is what some of us have yearned for throughout the course of the pandemic. Since most states nationwide are seeing a decline in virus cases, many people have started back on their outdoor workout regimens. When it comes to an outdoor activity like hiking, some cities offer the best routes and scenery, while others lack in providing the necessary route or safety measures.

Lawnstarter determined the best and worst cities for hiking by using quantifiable factors that affect the quality and suitability of a hike. Data was collected by using 11 key indicators, which are categorized into route access, route diversity, route safety, and climate. Lastly, Lawnstarter also compared the 150 most populated cities in America by totaling up their scores across those 11 key indicators. When it comes to our beloved state capital Baton Rouge, we rank the lowest on the list for great places to hike. The lack of hiking routes and a stifling climate are the two main contributing factors for its low score.

Other cities that aren't ideal for hiking include: Mobile, Alabama; Shreveport, Louisiana; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Tallahassee, Florida. If you reside in or plan to visit these cities, you can still make an effort to hike your own way. These cities may not be the most fruitful when it comes to hiking trails, but they have great parks and walking trails where you can still enjoy nature and take care of your mind and body. According to Lawnstarter, the cities that are great for hiking all contain: the right climate, safe hiking routes, good air quality, and low natural hazard risk. These cities are mostly located within California, including San Bernardino, San Francisco, and San Diego. Western cities, according to the study, in general tend to have better quality and support for hiking. So if the city you are in doesn't fit your hiking needs, then consider heading out west.

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