Hiking Trails Guide - USA

Getting out in the great outdoors proves a challenge for some but is a way of life for many more.

Embarking on a hiking holiday is the best way to see the hidden treasures of our great country, and there is no greater feeling than returning to the comfort of an RV rental after a long day of walking.

The US is home to some of the best hiking trails in the world. However, we shortened the list to help you start planning your next RV vacation.

Take a look at out Guide to the Walking Trails of the US and start planning your trip now.


Allegheny Trail



Passing through the beautiful Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Trail is no mere footpath through the forest.

The trail links Cumberland and Pittsburgh and runs through breathtaking water gaps and gorges, with endless miles of wilderness to be found.

A world of history awaits visitors to this path, with a rich mining past and strong native presence still apparent.

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Location:

Eastern West Virginia

Latitude/Longitude:

39.4035579, -79.4438363

Length:

330 miles


Appalachian Trail



Easily America’s most recognizable and famous trail, the Appalachian Trail is quintessential to any hiking experience in the US. Completed in 1937, the trail extends between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.

Hikers can expect vast expanses of wilderness, with thousands of species of plants and animals also calling the trail home.

Some of the most popular sections of the trail include The Pinnacle, Sunfish Pond, Mount Mohican, Springer Mountain and Crampton Gap.

Location:

The Appalachian Trail extends between Georgia and Maine, through Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Latitude/Longitude:

38.655083, -90.5338548

Length:

2181 miles


Bear Mountain Loop



This historic walking trail will take you past some of New York’s most fascinating history and through some of its best scenery as well.

This day-long hike will expose you to the beautiful Bear Mountain, Perkin’s Tower and alongside the stunning Hudson River.

Much of the walk is quite strenuous so be sure to wear study hiking shoes.

Location:

Bear Mountain State Park, NY

Latitude/Longitude:

41.280903, -74.007339

Length:

7.5 miles


Benton MacKaye Trail



The Benton MacKaye Trail of the Appalachian Mountains runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Davenport Gap in Tennessee.

The trail also runs for 96 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains, exposing hikers to unsurpassed views of these incredible landscapes.


Location:

The Benton MacKaye Trail runs from Georgia to Tennessee.

Latitude/Longitude:

34.6273115, -84.1935269

Length:

300 miles


Breakneck Ridge Trail


Repeatedly voted as one of the best hiking trails in the country, the Breakneck Ridge Trail is the perfect place to escape to for a day, or weekend of hiking with a campervan rental.

Situated close to New York City, this trail offers 5.5 miles of challenging rock climbs and rugged hikes and will provide an enjoyable challenge for first-time hikers.

Location:

Breakneck Ridge, New York

Latitude/ Longitude:

41.459722, -73.958889

Length:

5.5 miles




Canyonlands National Park Hiking Trails



Canyonlands is home to some really fantastic walking trails that range from easy to moderate and long. Some of the best long trails include Alcove Spring, Lathrop, Murphy Loop and the Gooseberry Trails, with each of those boasting stunning cliff outlooks and fantastic cultural features.

Location:

Canyonlands National Park, San Juan, UT 84532

Latitude/Longitude:

38.2138203, -109.9020509

Length:

The trails in Canyonlands National Park range from 0.5 to 20 miles in length


Cohos Trail

The Cohos Trail stretches through some of New Hampshire’s most isolated and unpopulated terrain, passing through small villages that boast less than 1000 locals.

Some of the most stunning features you will come across along the way include numerous waterfalls, ice caves, remote forests and pure white birch tree stands.

Location:

Pittsburg, NH 03592

Latitude/Longitude:

45.25278,-71.20488

Length:

162 miles


Colorado Springs Garden of the Gods

Ideal for those seeking a laid back day of hiking, the Colorado Springs Garden of the Gods boasts an impressive 15 miles of trails, which are perfect for uncovering this unique attraction.

Some of the best trails include the Siamese Twins Trail, which offers great views of Pikes Peak, and the Scotsman/Buckskin Charlie Trail, which loops through the park and will allow you to enjoy the distance views of the Central Garden formations.

Location:

3704 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Latitude/Longitude:

38.858041, -104.885819

Length:

Most trails here range in length up to 3 miles.


Crater Lake



Crater Lake is an incredibly special place and is one of the most photographed destinations in the world. It is also home to an impressive 90 miles of one-way and looped trails, including 33 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Other notable hikes include Mount Scott, Garfield Peak and Crater Peak.


Location: Crater Lake National Park, OR 97604

Latitude/Longitude: 42.962058, -122.1481055

Length: The longest trail in the park spans 5 miles and this is up Mt Scott.


Grand Canyon

There aren’t too many lists that talk about nature that don’t refer in some way to the magnificent Grand Canyon.

Regarded as one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is also a hiker’s paradise, with endless miles of trails on offer here.

While many choose to do overnight and back country hikes, day hiking is also popular, with countless trails along both the south and north rim.

Location:

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

Latitude/Longitude:

36.114526, -113.240014

Length:

Trails within the Grand Canyon range from a few hours to several days in length.


Half Dome

The Half Dome day hike will take you 5,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley and will expose you to the untouched beauty of this remarkable place. Much of this hike will place you right in the heart of the Yosemite wilderness, with the 14-16 mile round trip offering panoramic views of the valley and the high sierra.

The hike itself is incredibly challenging and in many parts, very dangerous. Therefore it is necessary to be well prepared before attempting it.

Location:

Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Latitude/Longitude:

37.7705963, -119.5107708

Length:

14 – 16 miles


Jenny Lake

Suitable for hikers of all ages and levels, the hike around Jenny Lake is a stunning one and is ideal for taking in the wonder and beauty of Grand Teton National Park.

This relatively flat track will expose walkers to the beautiful Teton mountain peaks, cascading falls, pristine lake shores and spectacular views.

The hike is best tackled in the early morning to avoid the crowds and spot the wildlife.

Location:

Grand Teton National Park, WY 83001

Latitude/Longitude:

43.8097997, -110.686475

Length:

6.5 miles


John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail is a premier hiking trail that ranks among the world’s best and spans from the Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney.

Exposing hikers to the Ansel Adams wilderness, Sequoia National Park and King’s Canyon National Park, this walk is bursting with scenic vistas and incredible outlooks.

Most hikers tend to head from north to south (Yosemite to Mt Whitney) and the major hiking season falls between July and September.

Location:

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, CA

Latitude/Longitude:

37.7433333, -119.5758333

Length:

211 miles

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Mt St Helens

Mt St Helens is an active stratovolcano, 96 miles south of Seattle. Most famous for its catastrophic eruption in 1980, the area is now a popular hot spot for hiking.

The hikes here offer breathtaking views of the crater, Spirit Lake, Mount Adams and Mount Margaret. Climbing permits are required and reservations must be made in advance.

Location:

Skamania County, WA

Latitude/Longitude:

46.1912, -122.1944

Length:

There are hikes that take less than an hour and multi-day hikes.


Ouachita Trail

 

The Ouachita Trail is one of America’s loneliest, making it the ideal hike for those seeking to get away from it all.

Spanning mountainous terrain, intriguing state parks and many historic points of interest, this trail is perfect for discovering nature in the US.

Location:

The trail runs from Talimena State Park in Oklahoma to Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Arkansas.

Latitude/Longitude:

34.7860699, -94.9526227

Length:

223 miles


Silver Falls

 

Silver Falls State Park is located just 20 miles from Salem, in the state of Oregon.

Boasting an impressive 24 miles of walking trails, the hikes here will expose you to beautiful forests and waterfalls, including the park’s most visited falls, South Falls.

Location: Silver Falls State Park, OR 97301

Latitude/Longitude: 44.8626439, -122.6336283

Length:

Trails within the Silver Falls State Park range from a few hours up to day-long hikes.


Superior Trail

 

The Superior Hiking Trail follows much of the ridgeline above Lake Superior, while also meandering through boreal forests, the Sawtooth Mountains, babbling brooks and rushing waterfalls.

There are many fantastic places to camp along the way, making this ideal for keen long distance hikers.

Location:

Cook/ Lake/ St Lois counties, MN

Latitude/Longitude:

47.723087, -86.940716

Length:

275 miles


Teton Crest Trail

The Teton Crest Trail takes most 3 days to complete and will take hikers from Teton Pass on Highway 22, to String Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

The rugged scenery will take you through alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes and vistas, while also providing a challenging trip with limitless and rewarding sections for off trail exploration.

Location:

Grand Teton National Park, WY 83001

Latitude/Longitude:

43.8097997, -110.686475

Length:

39 miles


Zion National Park

Combing hiking with climbing and canyoning, the trails in Zion National Park are among some of the world’s best when it comes to desert hiking.

Some of the most challenging walks in this park include Bridge Mountain, east Fork Virgin River and Mineral Gulch Meadow Creek.

Location:

Zion National Park, UT 84767

Latitude/Longitude:

37.2898673, -113.0488541

Length:

The hiking trails in Zion National Park range in length from 250m to 19 miles in length.


Glacier National Park

Boasting over 730 miles of hiking trails, Glacier National Park is a remarkable place to visit for both short and long distance hikes.

Some of the best day hikes include Cracker Lake, Grinnell Glacier, Iceberg Lake and the Swiftcurrent Pass.

Going-to-the-Sun Road is also open to hikers and many who have hiked it have frequently spotted bears along the way.



Location:

Glacier National Park, MT 59936

Latitude/Longitude:

48.7105178, -114.0105104

Length:

Hiking trails range in time form a few hours to several days.