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October 05, 2023

Fall is here, but that doesn't mean the adventure has to stop. Midland Radio is sharing its favorite fall hiking destinations and the Midland two-way radios you need for a safe adventure.

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

Virginia 

Shenandoah National Park is about 75 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

The park is full of waterfalls, picturesque vistas, beautiful wildfowers, and peaceful wooded hollows. Hikers could run into deer, songbirds, and black bears as the park has over 200,000 acres of protected lands. 

Along the Blue Rdige Mountains, the ever famous Appalachian Trail runs the entire length of the park. 

With over 500 miles of hiking trails to explore, experts say Shenandoah National Park is home to some of the best hiking in the country. The 23 trails include day hikes and backcountry camping. 

Here are some of thetop hiking trails in Shenandoah National Park:

  • Little Stony Man- 30 to 60 minutes, labeled easy difficulty level
  •  Stony Man- Up to one hour, easy difficult level
  • Bearfence Mountain Trail- One hour, moderate difficulty level
  • Marys Rock- Two to three hours, easy to moderate difficulty level
  • Old Rag- Five to seven hours, strenuous difficulty level
  • Lewis Spring Falls Trail- Two to three hours, strenuous difficulty level

ARCADIA NATIONAL PARK

Maine

Arcadia National Park encompasses almost 50,000 acres along the Atlantic Coastline of Maine. This includes Mount Desert Island, the Schoodic Peninsula, Isle au Haut, and several other outer islands. 

With over 60 miles of coastline, 33 miles of scenic motor roads, 45 miles of carriage roads, and over 150 miles of hiking trails, there are a variety of ways to explore the park.  

Hikes throughout Acadia National Park vary in difficulty levels- from easygoing strolls towards the seaside to demanding hikes to the summits. However, don't worry, those difficult trails have iron hand-holds connected to the granite walls as it can be incredibly slick. 

Here are some of the top Arcadia National Park:

  • Ocean Path
  • Cadillac Mountain Summit Loop
  • Jordan Pond Path
  • South Bubble Mountain
  • Bar Island and Bar Island Trail
  • Bass Harbor Head Light  

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

Utah

Head to Utah to visit the unique landscape of Arches National Park. 

It's full of contrasting colors, land forms, and textures unlike any other. With over 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, gigantic rock fins, and large balanced rocks. The red-rock park is a paradise that will amaze adventurers with its formations, trails, and sunsets.

Arches National Park offers hikers a variety of different trails. Most of the trails are rated easy to moderate. By taking on the hikes, adventurers will get to see the striking views that aren't visible from the road. 

According to the National Park Service, many of the trails use cairns (stacks of rocks) for markers and cross broad rock surfaces, meaning it does require attention to follow along. 

Top trails at Arches National Park:

  • Broken Arch Trail
  • Double Arch Viewpoint and Trail
  • Sand Dune Arch Trail

MIDLAND RADIOS ON THE TRAILS

Having an effective way to communicate is key to safety and connection on the trails. 

Whether you're splitting up, hiking different trails, going at different paces, camping, etc. communication is key. In many national parks, cellphone service is usually spotty or nonexistent. Two-way radios don't just bring reliable communication, but also efficient, easy to use, push to talk technology when you can easily reach everyone.

Emergency radios are also a must-have item when heading out on hikes. 

X-TALKER T71VP3 TWO-WAY RADIO

These walkie talkies pack a punch when it comes to features fit for the trails.

With impressive battery life, these walkie talkies will keep you connected throughout your hike, ensuring safety through communication.

The T71s also have Midland Radio's Xtreme Range Technology so you can go the distance with communication depending on your surroundings. 

With Weather Allert Radio and Weather Scan, you can keep an eye out for severe weather and act as quickly as possible if it's a threat to your location.

Not only do the T71s have unbeatable, clear and crisp technology, but the walkie talkies include accessories like belt clips, rechargeable battery packs, a desktop charger, AC wall adapter, and micro USB charging cable. 

 

T10X3M MULTI-COLOR PACK X-TALKER® TWO-WAY RADIO

Perfect for the whole family, this walkie talkie three pack comes in three different fun colors.

Easy to use, everyone in the family will be able to stay connected. 

With clear reception, clear transmission, and clear sound quality, the T10X3Ms have up to a 20-mile range (depending on surroundings) so everyone can stay in touch throughout the duration of the hike.

This walkie talkie pack also includes NOAA Weather Alert technology. This way you'll know if severe weather is headed your way, adding in an extra layer of safety. 

 

MIDLAND ER40 EMERGENCY CRANK RADIO

Preparedness is key when heading out to explore the outdoors. 

The ER40 doesn't just feature AM/FM Radio, but more importantly NOAA Weather Radio. This means you'll get the latest, most accurate information straight from the National Weather Service. If the National Weather Service issues a watch or warning for your area, you'll be the first to know, giving you the time necessary to act and seek shelter if need be.

With a flashlight equipped with an SOS Strobe, you can safely navigate low-lit areas and signal others if an emergency arises.

The ER40 has multiple sources of power like a lithium rechargeable battery, solar panel, and hand crank so you can ensure you're staying up to date throughout your adventure to these top fall hiking destinations.


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