Above: Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park. Photo by OHventures.
Getting out and enjoying what God has created and seeing the parts of Earth untouched by man (as far as industry and construction are concerned) is truly one of the finer things in life. In addition to treating your eyes to beautiful sights, you are also treating your body to a fantastic workout!
Hiking also requires little to no "equipment" per se (depending on the enormity of the hike) and is free of charge (aside from the tank of gas you spend to get to where you're going). The drive is 100% worth it when it comes to Hocking Hills State Park. I have gone a number of times just to hike in the area. There are many trails throughout the park that vary in difficulty, but most any novice hiker can get through the hike with ease. Honestly, the biggest risk I had when I went hiking was when a deer jumped out in front of my car (no harm...just quite a scare). So, while I may scare some people away talking about skydiving and canoeing, hiking should prove much more appealing to the masses!