Taking a hike through our parks is a wonderful way to get exercise and see the beauty of Mother Nature. But according to the American Hiking Society, there are some simple rules to follow to ensure that your next trek is a green one. First, focus on using the trails and avoid walking on vegetation and grass; even if there's a mud puddle, walk through it and get dirty to avoid widening the trail. And leave with no souvenirs. That means no picking wildflowers or leaves, and no picking up rocks, as they may be a vital part of an ecosystem that's invisible to you.
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