Exploring the Most Popular Outdoor Activities in the US

Running is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the US, as it doesn't require a lot of specialized equipment, can be done anywhere, and is relatively affordable. Fishing is another popular pastime, as it is a gentler option for seniors, people with disabilities, and anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxing outdoor activity near rivers or lakes. Wildlife viewing is more popular with older people, while rifle hunting is the most popular hunting option and pistol shooting is the least popular. Kayaking has seen a dramatic increase in popularity in recent years, and running has experienced the largest increase in terms of total number of people.

Oregon is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with lush green forests, high desert, and incredible views. Crater Lake National Park offers hiking along the rim and through the park, while the Pacific Crest Trail runs through Oregon for those who want to spend a month hiking on the “wild” side. The Oregon coast features tidal pools, whale watching, and rugged coastal views. Central Oregon's McKenzie River Trail takes hikers to waterfalls, hot springs, ancient lava flows, and crystal clear waters.

Closer to Portland, Eagle Creek Trail offers an impressive waterfall and gorge walk. Fly fishing is another great way to enjoy the sounds, smells and scenery of some of the most beautiful places. The pandemic has encouraged many more people to take advantage of the physical and mental benefits of outdoor activities. The US and UK publish comprehensive annual reports on emerging outdoor trends and how they can encourage citizens to enjoy and participate in more outdoor exercises, activities and adventures.

Outdoor recreational activities are ways in which you can spend your free time outdoors, being physically active, creative, relaxing, having fun, or socializing.