Best Hiking Trails in the U.S.

Autumn is here and the leaves are changing colors. There’s no better time than now to go for a hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery while you tone those legs!

Perhaps your favorite trail is the one in your own backyard, but if you are looking to do some more exploration, we’ve compiled a list of the most renowned and most beautiful trails found in the good ole’ U.S. of A.

 

Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali is known as the best rugged and untamed country trails in America. The National Park has six different trails ranging from “easy” to “strenuous” hiking levels.

 

Half Dome Trail, Yosemite National Park, California
If a challenging workout is what you’re looking for then we’ve found your match!  In 1865 it was declared that it was “perfectly inaccessible.” Despite this report, thousands of people reach the summit. Most of the hike to Half Dome is an adventure in to the wilderness. Round-trip is around 14-16 miles.

 

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
Even though it won’t look like your typical fall scenery, this Hawaiian trail is listed in National Geographic’s World’s Best Hikes! This 22 mile roundtrip trek was named “the finest coastal hike in the world,” by National Geographic.

 

Queens Garden/Navajo Loop Combination Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Take this hike in the morning or at night – with around-trip total of 3 miles you can enjoy the many shades of red in the early morning light or stargaze in the moonlight. There’s even a visitors center for a tour of the clear night sky, telescope provided!

 

Old Rag Loop, Shenandoah National Park, Virgina
This trail is a Blue Ridge Mountain legend, known for its breathtaking sweeping view of the range for over 100 miles in every direction on a clear day. This trail is 8.8 miles round-trip and will take you up to at least 2,200 feet.

 

Highland & Centennial Trails, Wild Cave National Park, South Dakota
Within the 28,000 acres of the Great Plains, your company on this trail are the elk, bison, pronghorn, and mule deer. Through the trails you’ll journey around mixed-grass prairies with wide range views into a solitary ponderosa pine forest. Round-trip the trails are 7.3 miles.

 

Mount LeConte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Journey through the tallest peaks in the East, the Appalachian Mountains! Round-trip this trail is 10.4 miles and will take you through hardwood forests and on to exposed cliffs that will require steel-cable assistance. Walk through history as you pass through Alum Cave, which was once used by the Confederate Army.

 

Wanna find a trail closer to home or discover other trails? Visit trails.com

 

Photo Credit: www.nationalpark-adventures.com

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