Fall is one of the best times of the year to get out on the trail. Whether you’re hoping to break a sweat, read a book on a bench, or anything in between, the crisp air and changing landscape make the perfect backdrop to spending time outside. There are a few things to keep in mind to help make your autumnal outings safe and enjoyable; we’ve outlined them below.


1. Be prepared for changing temperatures

Calling all layers! Dressing for a fall outing can be tricky. The crisp morning air may entice you to bundle up, but in a few hours, clear and sunny skies can cause overheating. Likewise, too few layers can leave you cold and exposed to the elements, especially if an afternoon storm rolls in unexpectedly. Instead, dress in layers to be prepared for any sudden changes in temperature and be sure to have a raincoat or umbrella handy.    

2. Be prepared for less hours of daylight

Daylight savings time ends on November 7th. That means the already shorter days are going to get darker, faster. We recommend bringing a flashlight or headlamp (check the batteries!) even if you don’t foresee being out close to sunset. Friendly reminder: Saratoga PLAN’s preserves are open from dawn until dusk.

3. Be aware of hunting season

Fall marks the beginning of hunting season is upstate NY. While none of Saratoga PLAN’s public preserves allow hunting, we still encourage trail-goers to dress in bright colors – especially orange – to help make yourself more visible. As an added precaution, avoid being in the woods at dawn and dusk, when hunters are most active.

4. Stay Hydrated

Don’t let the cooler temps fool you. Drinking water to stay hydrated is still important this time of year.

Enjoy the fall season and remember, we love to “tag” along on your adventures. Share your outings with us by tagging @saratogaplan on Facebook and Instagram. 

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