There’s no question that the U.S. has some of the best hiking trails in the world. Because there are so many different terrains available, there’s something out there for hikers at any level of ability and interest. Check out some of the most popular and distinctive trails in the country to see which trail piques your interest!
Located in North Carolina, the Beacon Heights Trail is the perfect choice for a hiker that’s just starting out. It’s a short, easy hike that will reward you quickly with breathtaking views of Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding foothills.
The trail is open in the spring, summer and fall. During a summer hike, you’ll find blueberries and blackberries growing wild along your path. For intermediate or experienced hikers, the trail provides access to more challenging trails like the Mountain-To-Sea Trail and the Tanawha Trail.
If you want some history to go with your hike, Vermont’s Long Trail is the right choice for you. It’s the oldest long-distance trail in the country. Along the 272-mile path and 185 miles of side trails you’ll travel through verdant forests, cross rushing streams, and climb craggy peaks. If you have to pick only one section, try Jay Peak – it’s accessible to beginners, but varied enough to interest seasoned hikers.
Birdwatchers should make sure not to miss the Mt. Tammany trail. This popular New Jersey trail offers many chances to observe hawks and eagles in their natural habitats. While the trail is short – only three and a half miles – it’s also steep and rugged, making it a challenging hike. However, the visual payoff is well worth the effort. You’ll have extraordinary views of Mt. Minsi while you hike, and when you reach the end, you’ll have a stunning view of the Delaware Water Gap.
No list of hiking trails in the U.S. would be complete without mention of the 100 Mile Wilderness. This trail is not for the faint of heart, and it will take serious training and preparation ahead of time if you want to make it through the whole 100 miles. However, the gorgeous views of Maine’s lakes and mountain ranges make the trip worthwhile.
Go in late June or early July to avoid the black flies that swarm the trail early in the summer and the crowds that populate the trail later in the summer. If you can’t make it through the whole 100 miles, try to make it through at least the first 30 – that’s where you’ll find some of the best features, like maple forests and the Lower Wilson Falls.
If you’re just getting into the hiking, or if you’re an advanced and experienced hiker with hundreds of hikes under his belt, any of these trails would be perfect for your next hike!