One of the things I love about being in a new place is scouting the ins and outs. I have often received remarks from people, who have more time in a place than I, how much more I know about the layout, where things are and secret spots. When I arrive in a place I start looking for the footpaths, alleyways, little used backstreets and other urban trails. I then start walking, probing, exploring these areas. Sometimes the footpath goes 10 feet and ends. But, sometimes you duck through some underbrush and find an abandoned municipal park, unused railway, or in one case I found an abandoned municipal swimming pool that had a small forest growing around it.
Here in Villarrica, I have found a little used urban trail system winding its way through a wood area then goes along a small canal, you cross a old wood homemade bridge that is about six feet long and travel on a footpath behind and overlooking the backyards of some of the nicest homes her. The view in many places is spectacular. There is a spot where you are overlooking the city, across the lake and can clear see Volcano Llaima in the distance. This trail entrance for me is about three blocks away and only once have I ever encountered someone else there and they were as surprised as I to see another person there.
Trails.com has a section devoted to listing some of the most popular city trails in the USA. If you have a favorite official or unofficial trail in or around where you live, please share it here in the comments. At some point I plan to make a section listing these.
You might also be interesting in Susan’s post over at Creative Guide to Life post on how this sort of thing can help you with creativity.