This is my favorite time of year to take to the trail. Even as the weather gets colder and colder, I seem to log more miles in the woods in January than most of the other months. 

There are a few reasons for that. For one, the cold weather keeps the crowds away from the state parks nearby. On my recent trip to Victoria Bryant State Park, I found myself as the only hiker on the park’s 6-mile trail. The resulting quiet was hard to beat. 

Of course, the cold weather strips all the trees of their leaves and wipes out a lot of the underbrush. The result is its own benefit – when I hike these familiar trails right now, I can see farther through the forests than I ever have before. 

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