A description for a park (or forest or other natural area) will tell readers where the area is, what it's known for, and what kinds of scenery and terrain they can expect on hikes there.
First, read the General Guidelines for writing descriptions. Then, check out the tips below to decide what to include in each segment.
In a few sentences, tell us what makes this park (or forest, etc.) special.
- Focus specifically on what stands out about the area and contributes to the best hiking experiences.
These are the essential details. This will likely be the longest, most in-depth section.
- Do the parking lots get jammed?
- Are there ways to avoid the congestion, like shuttles or bus systems?
- Are there awesome places to visit off the typical tourist's itinerary?
- Bathrooms and potable water available to hikers?
- Any “don't miss” areas and specific hikes?
- Link back to Gaia GPS pages on those hikes or points of interest when you can.
When to Go
Focus on when to go to enjoy the best hiking and similar sports.
- Include the best (or worst) time to visit.
- Consider school breaks and holidays.
- Mention whether your park is famous for seasonal phenomena (fall colors, bird migrations, wildflowers, ice formations, etc)
Permits and Entrance Fees
Are there special permitting restrictions? Entrance fees?
- NOTE: Do not list costs as they may change. Instead, link to permit and entrance fee information pages.
Some parks prohibit dogs or have special regulations.
- Are pets are allowed?
- Do they need to be on a leash or off?
- Include a link to more complex regulations.
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington