Here's Our Definitive Guide to the 50 Best Hikes in the US


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Slide 1 of 51: If you’ve been wanting to spend some time in the great outdoors, look no further than these 50 best hikes in the U.S. We all lead busy lives, so when we get a chance to escape to a national park or local preserve and go on a hike, the tall trees and quiet lakes can be like therapy for our souls. That's certainly true for the destinations we've compiled here, many of which feature awe-inspiring views, babbling brooks, mountain vistas, and towering pine trees. Others will bring you closer to animals and other wildlife, from sea turtles to herons. And whether you're a beginner or a more experienced hiker (or camper), there's something for you here: These hikes span the range from easy to challenging, with many falling somewhere in between. Happy trails!
Slide 2 of 51: Bon Secour is French for “safe harbor,” which is the perfect name for this 6,000-acre coastal wildlife refuge. As you wander wood-plank trails above sands and swampland, you just might spot snowy plovers, sea turtles, and other endangered creatures.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 3 of 51: Mount Roberts Trail, starting in downtown Juneau and reaching a height of 1,760 feet, is guaranteed to take your breath away. The sight of the snow-capped mountains can’t be beat-plus, if you reach the top and you’re exhausted, you’ll be happy to know that you can hitch a ride on a tram and head back down in comfort.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 4 of 51: The Devil’s Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area. The 1.8-mile trail loop can be a bit of a rocky challenge, but it’ll be worth it to witness those stunning desert views.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 5 of 51: Nestled in the Buffalo National River park, you’ll find the Lost Valley Trail, an Arkansas treasure that boasts fields of wildflowers, waterfalls that surge after rainstorms, and babbling brooks.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 6 of 51: Get ready to feel tiny-really tiny-when you walk along the Congress Trail and you’re dwarfed by the giant Sequoias. The paved loop starts at the famed General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 7 of 51: Located near Colorado Springs, the Seven Bridges Trail promises a hiking experience that'll appeal to all ages and skill levels. There are flat trails, rocky spots for those who want a little challenge, and wooden bridges that cross over rushing creeks.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 8 of 51: If you love hiking along the water, this is the state park for you. The trails in Bluff Point State Park in Groton, Connecticut, offer a mix of woodland scenery and sandy shorelines.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 9 of 51: This paved Delaware rail-trail is suitable for leisurely strolls and fast-paced bike rides, all while you soak up scenes of wetlands, marinas, and beaches.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 10 of 51: On this boardwalk trail that’s less than a mile long, you’ll get an up-close-and-personal view of the Florida Everglades, complete with alligators, herons, turtles, and other native wildlife.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 11 of 51: The biking and hiking trails of the Jekyll Island Trail System provide plenty of tourist diversions, like a miniature golf course, local hotels, and historical markers. And it doesn’t get much more Southern than watching the Spanish moss sway in the trees along the trails.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 12 of 51: Say aloha to one of the most best hikes in the world. Hawaii’s Kalepa Ridge Trail stuns visitors with its views of turquoise seas, lush greenery, and rocky cliffs. But be forewarned that this will be a walk on the wild side-it’s an unofficial trail that’s not regularly maintained. Still, locals and well-trained hikers assert it’s one of the best around.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 13 of 51: Winding throughout the Idaho panhandle, this paved 72-mile rail-trail holds a wealth of natural beauty: pine-topped hills, riverside scenery, and frequently-spotted animals like otters, moose, and beavers.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 14 of 51: Imagine towering sandstone rock formations, flourishing green trees, and picturesque waterfalls. Yup, that's Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois, and it really is the stuff of daydreams. The trails are resplendent year-round, but when the trees change color in the fall, that's when it's really not to be missed.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 15 of 51: It’s said that the waterfalls throughout Clifty Falls State Park reflect the changing seasons: They fluctuate from misty trickles in dry periods to surging, grandiose wonders in the late winter and spring.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 16 of 51: Near Harpers Ferry, Iowa, you might be surprised to learn that there’s a treasure trove of Native American history found in the Effigy Mounds National Monument. Traverse bridges and a mix of paved and grass-covered paths to see the area’s 191 effigy mounds.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 17 of 51: Kanopolis State Park in Marquette displays every type of Kansas terrain imaginable, from sandstone formations to flat, grassy prairies. PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 18 of 51: The Berea College Forest holds what’s known as “The Pinnacles,” a scenic area showcasing seven miles of hiking and running trails. Visit Indian Fort Lookout for some of the most spectacular views in Kentucky.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 19 of 51: Only 25 minutes from New Orleans, you’ll discover a whole new world at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. If you’ve ever wanted to visit a real-deal bayou filled with alligators, armadillos, and other swamp wildlife (viewed from wood-plank trails), this is your chance.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 20 of 51: There are few places as beautiful as Maine’s Acadia National Park, and there’s one hiking destination within it that’s particularly pretty: the Shore Trail that touches Jordan Pond. It’s a 3.5-mile paved path where you’ll find an unforgettable view of the idyllic shoreline.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 21 of 51: Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Washington, D.C., you might find yourself jumping like a billy goat on this striking but challenging trail. Appropriately name the "Billy Goat Trail," the rocky, 4.7-mile hiking path does require some fancy footwork. Be prepared for an amazing workout and equally amazing views.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 22 of 51: Take your pooch to the dog-friendly Mount Greylock State Reservation and look out as far as 90 miles away from the highest point in Massachusetts.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 23 of 51: Located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, visitors enjoy the 1.5-mile Empire Bluff Trail, a combination of dirt trails and boardwalks that lead to a bluff where you can take in a panoramic view of Lake Michigan.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 24 of 51: Splish! Splash! Those are the sounds you’ll likely hear when hiking Ely, Minnesota’s Kawishiwi Falls Trail. It’s famous for its gushing, gorgeous falls and easy-to-traverse path.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 25 of 51: Visiting Tishomingo State Park is like going for a hike through a simpler time, one marked by classic log cabins that visitors can stay in, old-school swing bridges, and plenty of Native American history.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 26 of 51: Now, here’s something you don’t see every day during a hike in a state park: ruins of an early 20th-century castle. In Ha Ha Tonka State Park, don’t miss the formerly grand mansion constructed by a wealthy Kansas City businessman, which met its demise in a 1942 fire.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 27 of 51: Glacier National Park (specifically the Highline Trail) should be on everyone’s bucket list. See the majestic Continental Divide in all its glory as you make your way to Haystack Pass.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 28 of 51: What’s the best way to see Scotts Bluff National Monument? That would be the Saddle Rock Trail, a 1.6-mile uphill path where you’ll witness the very landscape seen by pioneers on the Oregon Trail.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 29 of 51: When you need a break from all that Las Vegas glitz, head out to the desert for some time in nature on the Calico Tanks Trail in Red Rock Canyon. You’ll be dazzled by the bright-red rock formations and desert vegetation.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 30 of 51: In the White Mountain National Forest, there are miles and miles of hiking trails found in Franconia Notch State Park. Be sure to make your way through Flume Gorge, known for its granite boulders and cascading river.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 31 of 51: Hike along a piece of the Appalachian Trail on the Pochuck Boardwalk, found in Glenwood, New Jersey. This slice of the trail is certainly kinder to those who don’t wish to tackle the trail in its entirety, offering wood-plank paths that travel through wooded areas and pastures.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 32 of 51: Take in the sumptuous patterns painted by Mother Nature herself on this three-mile trail that winds through the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. It’s considered to be one of the best short hikes in New Mexico.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 33 of 51: It's more likely that you've been to Niagara Falls for the main event: the three waterfalls that sit along the border between New York and Canada. But for a new experience, head to Devil’s Hole State Park. There, you’ll get to see powerful whitewater rapids and walk by awe-inspiring overlooks.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 34 of 51: In Raleigh, you’ll revel in a 27.5-mile system of paved trails that are friendly to hikers and bikers alike. Along the way, you’ll cross several charming bridges and travel through the North Carolina countryside.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 35 of 51: At an impressive 120 miles long, the Maah Daah Hey Trail will take you right through the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. We can pretty much guarantee that you’ll see wildlife during your trek, including antelope, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 36 of 51: As one of the best-known state parks in the Midwest, hikers enjoy Hocking Hills State Park for its trails lined with wildflowers, cliffs, waterfalls, and gorges.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 37 of 51: It’s hard to believe that 30 million years ago, Oklahoma’s Black Mesa Summit Trail was covered in a layer of black lava rock. Today, it’s a 4.2-mile hike that reaches the highest point in Oklahoma and is thought of as a bird-watcher’s utopia.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 38 of 51: The Pacific Northwest never disappoints for avid hikers, and Silver Falls State Park is no exception. Located in Sublimity, Oregon, the 9,200 acres contain a myriad of hiking trails. While you’re there, take a walk behind the 177-foot South Falls. PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 39 of 51: No, you’re not in Ohio. When you visit Ohiopyle State Park, you’ll be in one of Pennsylvania’s top natural areas. Cover trails throughout its 20,500 acres and stop by the incredible Youghiogheny River Gorge.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 40 of 51: On Rhode Island’s Block Island, you can’t take a trip without hiking the Mohegan Bluffs. Climb the steps down the 200-foot bluffs and you’ll be rewarded with a glorious seascape. PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 41 of 51: If the mountains are calling to you, head to Jones Gap State Park. The mountain woodlands are very peaceful, and if you want to take a break from hiking, you can always do some trout fishing.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 42 of 51: To truly experience Badlands National Park, go for a hike on the 1.5-mile Notch Trail which snakes its way through a canyon and then you’ll climb a ladder to view the White River Valley.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 43 of 51: The Great Smoky Mountains are lauded for their many extraordinary trails, and the Alum Cave Trail might be one of the best. It weaves its way through secluded, tranquil nooks and crannies and electric-green forests.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 44 of 51: This destination looks a lot less like Texas and more like the Midwest, as Lost Maples State Natural Area actually has few desert views. Instead, it unexpectedly features groves upon groves of maple trees, which come alive during autumn.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 45 of 51: Zion National Park’s “The Narrows” provides a one-of-a-kind hiking experience. Instead of walking traditional trails, you’ll be jaunting through rivers that weave through caves and shadowy passes.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 46 of 51: This Vermont state park has a pretty cool name and equally cool trails. In the early 19th-century, it was quite literally a route for smuggling! Nowadays, hikers simply enjoy the scenic trails that look out over soaring cliffs.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 47 of 51: The falls are indeed great in this McLean, Virginia, national park. Situated only 15 miles from Washington, D.C., you'll be able to view the mighty, rocky falls as they build up along the Potomac River.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 48 of 51: The Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park is world-renowned, and for good reason. Its natural beauty is unmatched, with its mystical moss hanging from gigantic trees, prevalent wildlife, and vibrant ferns made even greener by the area’s frequent rain showers.PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 49 of 51: Imposing boulders, large rock formations, and sweeping views of the Cheat River take center stage during a hike in West Virginia’s Coopers Rock State Forest. PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 50 of 51: Open year-round, Baraboo’s Devil’s Lake State Park encircles a placid pool of water while hikers amble up rock-strewn paths that lead to jaw-dropping views. PLAN YOUR HIKE
Slide 51 of 51: While you’re visiting Grand Teton National Park, make a point of hiking one of the top trails in the park, Jenny Lake Trail. At 7.7 miles, we’re betting that you’ll gasp when you see Garnet Canyon, Hurricane Pass, and of course, the once-in-a-lifetime mountain vistas.PLAN YOUR HIKE

If you’ve been wanting to spend some time in the great outdoors, look no further than these 50 best hikes in the U.S. We all lead busy lives, so when we get a chance to escape to a national park or local preserve and go on a hike, the tall trees and quiet lakes can be like therapy for our souls. That’s certainly true for the destinations we’ve compiled here, many of which feature awe-inspiring views, babbling brooks, mountain vistas, and towering pine trees. Others will bring you closer to animals and other wildlife, from sea turtles to herons. And whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced hiker (or camper), there’s something for you here: These hikes span the range from easy to challenging, with many falling somewhere in between. Happy trails!

Alabama: Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Bon Secour is French for “safe harbor,” which is the perfect name for this 6,000-acre coastal wildlife refuge. As you wander wood-plank trails above sands and swampland, you just might spot snowy plovers, sea turtles, and other endangered creatures.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Alaska: Mount Roberts Trail

Mount Roberts Trail, starting in downtown Juneau and reaching a height of 1,760 feet, is guaranteed to take your breath away. The sight of the snow-capped mountains can’t be beat-plus, if you reach the top and you’re exhausted, you’ll be happy to know that you can hitch a ride on a tram and head back down in comfort.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Arizona: Devil’s Bridge Trail

The Devil’s Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area. The 1.8-mile trail loop can be a bit of a rocky challenge, but it’ll be worth it to witness those stunning desert views.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Arkansas: Lost Valley Hiking Trail

Nestled in the Buffalo National River park, you’ll find the Lost Valley Trail, an Arkansas treasure that boasts fields of wildflowers, waterfalls that surge after rainstorms, and babbling brooks.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

California: Congress Trail

Get ready to feel tiny-really tiny-when you walk along the Congress Trail and you’re dwarfed by the giant sequoias. The paved loop starts at the famed General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Colorado: Seven Bridges Trail

Located near Colorado Springs, the Seven Bridges Trail promises a hiking experience that’ll appeal to all ages and skill levels. There are flat trails, rocky spots for those who want a little challenge, and wooden bridges that cross over rushing creeks.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Connecticut: Bluff Point State Park

If you love hiking along the water, this is the state park for you. The trails in Bluff Point State Park in Groton, Connecticut, offer a mix of woodland scenery and sandy shorelines.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Delaware: Junction and Breakwater Trail

This paved Delaware rail-trail is suitable for leisurely strolls and fast-paced bike rides, all while you soak up scenes of wetlands, marinas, and beaches.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Florida: Anhinga Trail

On this boardwalk trail that’s less than a mile long, you’ll get an up-close-and-personal view of the Florida Everglades, complete with alligators, herons, turtles, and other native wildlife.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Georgia: Jekyll Island Trail System

The biking and hiking trails of the Jekyll Island Trail System provide plenty of tourist diversions, like a miniature golf course, local hotels, and historical markers. And it doesn’t get much more Southern than watching the Spanish moss sway in the trees along the trails.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Hawaii: Kalepa Ridge Trail

Say aloha to one of the most best hikes in the world. Hawaii’s Kalepa Ridge Trail stuns visitors with its views of turquoise seas, lush greenery, and rocky cliffs. But be forewarned that this will be a walk on the wild side-it’s an unofficial trail that’s not regularly maintained. Still, locals and well-trained hikers assert it’s one of the best around.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Idaho: Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Winding throughout the Idaho panhandle, this paved 72-mile rail-trail holds a wealth of natural beauty: pine-topped hills, riverside scenery, and frequently-spotted animals like otters, moose, and beavers.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Illinois: Starved Rock State Park

Imagine towering sandstone rock formations, flourishing green trees, and picturesque waterfalls. Yup, that’s Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois, and it really is the stuff of daydreams. The trails are resplendent year-round, but when the trees change color in the fall, that’s when it’s really not to be missed.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Indiana: Clifty Falls State Park

It’s said that the waterfalls throughout Clifty Falls State Park reflect the changing seasons: They fluctuate from misty trickles in dry periods to surging, grandiose wonders in the late winter and spring.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Iowa: Effigy Mounds National Monument

Near Harpers Ferry, Iowa, you might be surprised to learn that there’s a treasure trove of Native American history found in the Effigy Mounds National Monument. Traverse bridges and a mix of paved and grass-covered paths to see the area’s 191 effigy mounds.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Kansas: Kanopolis State Park

Kanopolis State Park in Marquette displays every type of Kansas terrain imaginable, from sandstone formations to flat, grassy prairies.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Kentucky: Berea Pinnacles

The Berea College Forest holds what’s known as “The Pinnacles,” a scenic area showcasing seven miles of hiking and running trails. Visit Indian Fort Lookout for some of the most spectacular views in Kentucky.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Louisiana: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Only 25 minutes from New Orleans, you’ll discover a whole new world at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. If you’ve ever wanted to visit a real-deal bayou filled with alligators, armadillos, and other swamp wildlife (viewed from wood-plank trails), this is your chance.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Maine: Jordan Pond

There are few places as beautiful as Maine’s Acadia National Park, and there’s one hiking destination within it that’s particularly pretty: the Shore Trail that touches Jordan Pond. It’s a 3.5-mile paved path where you’ll find an unforgettable view of the idyllic shoreline.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Maryland: Billy Goat Trail

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Washington, D.C., you might find yourself jumping like a billy goat on this striking but challenging trail. Appropriately name the “Billy Goat Trail,” the rocky, 4.7-mile hiking path does require some fancy footwork. Be prepared for an amazing workout and equally amazing views.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Massachusetts: Mount Greylock State Reservation

Take your pooch to the dog-friendly Mount Greylock State Reservation and look out as far as 90 miles away from the highest point in Massachusetts.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Michigan: Empire Bluff Trail

Located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, visitors enjoy the 1.5-mile Empire Bluff Trail, a combination of dirt trails and boardwalks that lead to a bluff where you can take in a panoramic view of Lake Michigan.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Minnesota: Kawishiwi Falls Trail

Splish! Splash! Those are the sounds you’ll likely hear when hiking Ely, Minnesota’s Kawishiwi Falls Trail. It’s famous for its gushing, gorgeous falls and easy-to-traverse path.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Mississippi: Tishomingo State Park

Visiting Tishomingo State Park is like going for a hike through a simpler time, one marked by classic log cabins that visitors can stay in, old-school swing bridges, and plenty of Native American history.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Missouri: Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Now, here’s something you don’t see every day during a hike in a state park: ruins of an early 20th-century castle. In Ha Ha Tonka State Park, don’t miss the formerly grand mansion constructed by a wealthy Kansas City businessman, which met its demise in a 1942 fire.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Montana: Highline Trail

Glacier National Park (specifically the Highline Trail) should be on everyone’s bucket list. See the majestic Continental Divide in all its glory as you make your way to Haystack Pass.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Nebraska: Saddle Rock Trail

What’s the best way to see Scotts Bluff National Monument? That would be the Saddle Rock Trail, a 1.6-mile uphill path where you’ll witness the very landscape seen by pioneers on the Oregon Trail.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Nevada: Calico Tanks Trail

When you need a break from all that Las Vegas glitz, head out to the desert for some time in nature on the Calico Tanks Trail in Red Rock Canyon. You’ll be dazzled by the bright-red rock formations and desert vegetation.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

New Hampshire: Franconia Notch State Park

In the White Mountain National Forest, there are miles and miles of hiking trails found in Franconia Notch State Park. Be sure to make your way through Flume Gorge, known for its granite boulders and cascading river.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

New Jersey: Pochuck Boardwalk

Hike along a piece of the Appalachian Trail on the Pochuck Boardwalk, found in Glenwood, New Jersey. This slice of the trail is certainly kinder to those who don’t wish to tackle the trail in its entirety, offering wood-plank paths that travel through wooded areas and pastures.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

New Mexico: Canyon Trail

Take in the sumptuous patterns painted by Mother Nature herself on this three-mile trail that winds through the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. It’s considered to be one of the best short hikes in New Mexico.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

New York: Devil’s Hole State Park

It’s more likely that you’ve been to Niagara Falls for the main event: the three waterfalls that sit along the border between New York and Canada. But for a new experience, head to Devil’s Hole State Park. There, you’ll get to see powerful whitewater rapids and walk by awe-inspiring overlooks.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

North Carolina: Neuse River Trail

In Raleigh, you’ll revel in a 27.5-mile system of paved trails that are friendly to hikers and bikers alike. Along the way, you’ll cross several charming bridges and travel through the North Carolina countryside.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

North Dakota: Maah Daah Hey Trail

At an impressive 120 miles long, the Maah Daah Hey Trail will take you right through the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. We can pretty much guarantee that you’ll see wildlife during your trek, including antelope, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Ohio: Hocking Hills State Park

As one of the best-known state parks in the Midwest, hikers enjoy Hocking Hills State Park for its trails lined with wildflowers, cliffs, waterfalls, and gorges.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Oklahoma: Black Mesa Summit Trail

It’s hard to believe that 30 million years ago, Oklahoma’s Black Mesa Summit Trail was covered in a layer of black lava rock. Today, it’s a 4.2-mile hike that reaches the highest point in Oklahoma and is thought of as a bird-watcher’s utopia.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Oregon: Silver Falls State Park

The Pacific Northwest never disappoints for avid hikers, and Silver Falls State Park is no exception. Located in Sublimity, Oregon, the 9,200 acres contain a myriad of hiking trails. While you’re there, take a walk behind the 177-foot South Falls.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Pennsylvania: Ohiopyle State Park

No, you’re not in Ohio. When you visit Ohiopyle State Park, you’ll be in one of Pennsylvania’s top natural areas. Cover trails throughout its 20,500 acres and stop by the incredible Youghiogheny River Gorge.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Rhode Island: Mohegan Bluffs

On Rhode Island’s Block Island, you can’t take a trip without hiking the Mohegan Bluffs. Climb the steps down the 200-foot bluffs and you’ll be rewarded with a glorious seascape.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

South Carolina: Jones Gap State Park

If the mountains are calling to you, head to Jones Gap State Park. The mountain woodlands are very peaceful, and if you want to take a break from hiking, you can always do some trout fishing.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

South Dakota: Notch Trail

To truly experience Badlands National Park, go for a hike on the 1.5-mile Notch Trail which snakes its way through a canyon and then you’ll climb a ladder to view the White River Valley.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Tennessee: Alum Cave Trail

The Great Smoky Mountains are lauded for their many extraordinary trails, and the Alum Cave Trail might be one of the best. It weaves its way through secluded, tranquil nooks and crannies and electric-green forests.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Texas: Lost Maples State Natural Area

This destination looks a lot less like Texas and more like the Midwest, as Lost Maples State Natural Area actually has few desert views. Instead, it unexpectedly features groves upon groves of maple trees, which come alive during autumn.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Utah: The Narrows

Zion National Park’s “The Narrows” provides a one-of-a-kind hiking experience. Instead of walking traditional trails, you’ll be jaunting through rivers that weave through caves and shadowy passes.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Vermont: Smugglers’ Notch State Park

This Vermont state park has a pretty cool name and equally cool trails. In the early 19th-century, it was quite literally a route for smuggling! Nowadays, hikers simply enjoy the scenic trails that look out over soaring cliffs.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Virginia: Great Falls Park

The falls are indeed great in this McLean, Virginia, national park. Situated only 15 miles from Washington, D.C., you’ll be able to view the mighty, rocky falls as they build up along the Potomac River.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Washington: Hoh Rain Forest

The Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park is world-renowned, and for good reason. Its natural beauty is unmatched, with its mystical moss hanging from gigantic trees, prevalent wildlife, and vibrant ferns made even greener by the area’s frequent rain showers.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

West Virginia: Coopers Rock State Forest

Imposing boulders, large rock formations, and sweeping views of the Cheat River take center stage during a hike in West Virginia’s Coopers Rock State Forest.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Wisconsin: Devil’s Lake State Park

Open year-round, Baraboo’s Devil’s Lake State Park encircles a placid pool of water while hikers amble up rock-strewn paths that lead to jaw-dropping views.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Wyoming: Jenny Lake Trail

While you’re visiting Grand Teton National Park, make a point of hiking one of the top trails in the park, Jenny Lake Trail. At 7.7 miles, we’re betting that you’ll gasp when you see Garnet Canyon, Hurricane Pass, and of course, the once-in-a-lifetime mountain vistas.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

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