Leaving your shoes off to wander a trail of mixed terrain may sound crazy, but nothing feels more natural than experiencing the leaves, rocks and soil beneath your bare feet. Barefoot hiking is a full-body experience. A barefoot stride produces a gentle, natural gait, which is better for your joints, and strengthen your feet by reducing heel lift and allowing your calf muscles and achilles tendons to stretch and lengthen. There’s something magical that happens when we connect more directly with nature—and it’s rejuvenating and exhilarating. So take off those shoes (or put on some minimal ones) and adventure out on these barefoot friendly trails!