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Austin trail safety: How to deal with nature that can hurt you

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Leaves of three, let them be: Poison ivy, shown here, flourishes in Central Texas, including on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Sometimes it feels like Mother Nature wants to prove she’s tougher than us. And it’s obvious she is, if you’ve ever had a run-in with a patch of poison ivy, accidentally kicked a fire ant mound or gotten stung by a scorpion.

To improve the odds that you’ll survive your next adventure unscathed, we’ve rounded up some basic information on how to duck — and deal with — the blows that Mother Nature sometimes doles out.

Read our guide to some of the basic ways to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors on our premium website.