Hiking is the activity of taking long, vigorous walks in nature for fun. Put on some sturdy shoes and bring along your water bottle — let's go hiking!

We usually reserve the term hiking for walks in the countryside. When you're striding down city sidewalks, you're walking, but when you're exploring trails in a state park, you're hiking. Hiking comes from the verb hike, originally spelled hyke, from English dialect.

Definitions of hiking

n a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure

hike, tramp
a long difficult walk
Type of:
the act of walking somewhere

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