The Local Hiker

Hiking Tips

We want to educate, encourage, & equip you to have the BEST hiking experiences.
Here are a few tips to help get you prepared.

  • Hydrate. Hydrate again. And repeat. - You should never underestimate the need to stay hydrated while hiking. Whether you're going on an overnight trip or just a day-hike, bring plenty of water.  If you have a reservoir, it's still a good idea to pack a water bottle. A small, lightweight water filter is always a good idea to take along on any trip.
  • Grab some snacks. - You're not you when you're hungry, and the trails don't make that any different. Snag some protein bars or dried fruit for a great snack along the trail.
    Make sure you pack out any trash, leave no trace.

  • Get an early start. - We have fewer hours of daylight going into the fall.  Start early so you have more time to complete your hike with daylight left should anything unexpected happen.
    ​Starting early usually means the trails will probably be less crowded!

  • Wear the right clothes - Choose clothing that is easily layered for fall hike. Mornings will start off cool, but you are likely warm up as you hike, then maybe end the day with cooler temps again. Being able to pull off or add a layer or two will be helpful in keeping you comfortable while hiking. Sunscreen and a sunhat will be beneficial too, even in cooler months.
  • Prepare for the weather - Weather in the south can surely be unpredictable! Always check the weather prior to any trip. It's also a good idea to prepare for some rain even if it hasn't been predicted, there's always a chance of a random rain shower. Hiking in the mountains in late fall could mean some snow, make sure you're prepared for that possibility too.
  • Ten Essentials - It is best practice to know and adhere to the hiking/backpacking ten essentials list. Taking along these few items should be just enough to help should your trip turn into something you weren't expecting. 

Upcoming Events / Classes and Other Info! 

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

Food for the
Back country Class

November 21st @ 6pm

The Local Hiker crew will discuss some different meal options for day hikes, short weekend trips and long distance backpacking trips. We will have samples of different food options available during the class.

You can sign up for this free class in the shop or at

Croft State Park Hike
November 16th
9:00 am
We will meet in the dirt parking lot just past the Ranger office at 9am. We will hike the Foster Mill loop, it is approximately 6 miles. It is suitable for all skill levels. You can sign up in the shop or by emailing 


Waterfall Hikes in the
Upstate Workshop

October 24th


We will offer a short workshop on some amazing waterfall hikes in our surrounding area. We will talk about some different waterfall hike options as well as safety aspects of hiking around waterfalls. This workshop is free and open to the public.  Come visit us at the store to sign up or email us at

Our Story...

Established in October of 2013, The Local Hiker is a locally owned business on the east end of Main Street in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. Our purpose here in the upstate is to educate, encourage and equip those looking to get in the outdoors.  We want to ensure everyone has a great experience whether they're hiking, biking, climbing, camping or even surfing and the appropriate equipment is step one.  We have it all from sunscreen to sleeping bags and everything in between. Paired with a knowledgeable and friendly staff that will provide the proper guidance, you can rest assured your business is safe here at The Local Hiker.