A simple nature walk can provide hours of enjoyment, especially for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, birdwatchers and amateur photographers. In most American states, there are National Forests, wildlife management areas, state parks, city or county parks or other areas where the public can explore.
During a nature walk or hike, explorers might see wildflowers, mushrooms, rare plants or other fauna. Forests, swamps and other habitats usually contain a wide variety of wildlife and plants. Fall is an excellent time to explore these natural areas.
During the cooler months of Autumn, biting insects and pests such as ticks or chiggers are less common. Walking and hiking is much easier on cool days and the bluebird skies of Autumn provide excellent backgrounds for photography. Foliage can be spectacular on Fall woodland hikes. Even do not touch plants such as poison ivy turn brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow.
Snakes are commonly spotted in forests and swamps, although they usually no threat to hikers. During the cooler months of Autumn, these beneficial forest residents move around less than during the summer. Snakes are important members of most woodland eco-systems, working to control rodent populations.
Squirrels are also very active in Fall. Along almost any forest hiking path, squirrels can be spotted gathering food for the upcoming winter. In Eastern forests, wildlife enthusiasts may encounter gray squirrels, fox squirrels or even chipmonks or other small mammals.
Along the Atlantic Flyway
, waterfowl can often be spotted where forests meet rivers, streams or cypress swamps
Early morning explorers are sometimes startled as ducks take flight in areas where woodlands and rivers intersect. Again in the late afternoon and early evening, forest edges and wooded swamps are filled with activity as ducks return from feeding excursions.