The major characteristic of a trail is certainly die type of environment through which it runs. The preference of hikers varies in this regard. Some like it “wild and adventurous”; others prefer a “tame” cultural environment or even an educational experience running through a rural farming environment. This element is not easily measured and classified but can best be done by applying (Environmental Characteristics work sheet). This is illustrated as follow:

env-character-pristine
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A true wilderness experience is treasured by many hikers.

env-character-natural

In what is termed a “natural “environment, nature dominates but the area is accessible and often utilized by extensive agriculture or forestry plantations.

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env-character-rural

Hiking, having a strong social value, often runs through agricultural areas where tertiary roads, farm houses, domesticated animal etc. may abound.

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env-character-semiurban

Having a green belt to “walk your dog” or just get away from the office for a short period of time, necessitates trails near and in urban areas.

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