Best Hiking Destinations

This list represents the most popular hiking in North America. Use this list to plan your next hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Breakneck Ridge Trail


On the east side of the Hudson River in Hudson Highlands State Park, this trail makes a rugged ascent from near river-level to roll along a knobby ridge to an old fire lookout tower. From the ridget…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Beacon, NY - Hiking - 9.6 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ny - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Jordan Pond Path (Jordan Pond Shore Trail)


On this hike you will have expansive views of Jordan Pond, the Bubbles, and Jordan Cliffs, as well as a chance to glimpse a colorful merganser duck or watch kayakers. The graded gravel path on the e…
From the guidebook "Hiking Acadia National Park"
Northeast Harbor, ME - Hiking - 3.3 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in me - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Glacier Gorge


In my opinion this is the most beautiful spot in Rocky Mountain National Park. Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on yo…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - 9.6 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in co - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Half Dome


Half Dome is the symbol of Yosemite; its summit the goal of just about everybody who has ever donned a pair of hiking boots. It is a grueling workout, especially if you do it in one day, but if you sp…
From the guidebook "Hiking Yosemite National Park"
Yosemite, CA - Backpacking, Hiking - 16 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ca - Click to view allBestBackpacking, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Angels Landing (Zion National Park)


This trail provides a spectacular day trip for well-conditioned hikers who have no fear of heights. It receives heavy use, so chances for solitude are slim. Beyond Scout Lookout, the trail becomes an…
From the guidebook "Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks"
Springdale, UT - Hiking - 4.4 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ut - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Havasu Canyon


Havasu is one of those places where a spectacular natural setting combines with the fascination of Native peoples to create a uniquely memorable backcountry excursion. Living for the past several cent…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Seligman, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 20 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in az - Click to view allBestBackpacking, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. Deep Creek


A cluster of natural hot springs in an isolated canyon in the high desert. Deep Creek has become a favorite spot for those who like to go without clothing. Requires a gradual 6-mile hike or a steeper…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Hesperia, CA - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 12 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ca - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Eagle Rock Loop


This is the longest loop trail in the state of Arkansas. The Eagle Rock Loop Trail is very popular with out-of-state hikers as well as native Arkansans. The loop is a combination of parts of the Littl…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Glenwood, AR - Hiking - 26.8 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ar - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail


This is an excellent, strenuous, and popular hike to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain. Camelback Mountain, towering above Phoenix and Scottsdale, is a well-known and prominent landmar…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix"
Paradise Valley, AZ - Hiking - 2.4 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in az - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Bear Mountain


From the parking area, pale-blue-blazed Undermountain Trail immediately passes a kiosk on the right with a posted map; trail maps are sometimes available here. The trail heads west and begins a gentle…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut"
Salisbury, CT - Hiking - 6 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ct - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Arethusa Falls Trails


Dropping more than 200 feet in a swath of lacy mist, the plunge of Bemis Rock creates New Hampshire's highest falls and a premier natural wonder. But seasoned hikers understand that there's more to Ar…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Hampshire"
North Conway, NH - Hiking - 4.5 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in nh - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Mount Whitney


This expedition takes you to the top of the highest peak in the contiguous United States, and to unparalleled views.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks"
Lone Pine, CA - Backpacking, Hiking - 22 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ca - Click to view allBestBackpacking, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Mount Tammany


The Kittatinny Ridge (meaning “Endless Mountain” in the Lenape Native American language) comes to an abrupt, spectacular end at Mount Tammany. The 1,527-foot ridge plunges 1,200 feet into the Delaware…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Jacksonburg, NJ - Hiking - 3.5 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in nj - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Bright Angel Trail


In addition to offering the most convenient access to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Bright Angel Trail is also one of the most popular hiking routes in the park. Wide enough to allow safe pass…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 19.2 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in az - Click to view allBestBackpacking, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Holy Jim Trail


The hike into Holy Jim Canyon is one of the most scenic and interesting in the Santa Ana Mountains. The hike passes under a multitude of trees and crosses Holy Jim Creek many times before eventu…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County"
Corona, CA - Hiking, Mountain Biking - 2.7 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ca - Click to view allBestHiking, Mountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Old Rag


Old Rag is so popular, the park has special rules for recreational use. There’s a fee to park and use the trails on certain weekends and holidays during summer and fall. What’s the attraction? Old Rag…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Syria, VA - Hiking - 7.4 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in va - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Big Walnut Creek Nature Preserve: Tall Timbers Trail


This trail skirts a bluff before looping through a broad, deep ravine.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Bainbridge, IN - Hiking - 1.7 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in in - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Bear Mountain Loop


This demanding 9.7-mile loop rolls through the steep wooded terrain of Bear Mountain State Park, topping Bear and West Mountains and offering views of the Lower Hudson River area. Counterclockwise…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Highland, NY - Hiking - 9.7 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground


A backpack of two or more days, following one of the most popular trails in the Grand Canyon.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Canyon National Park"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - 13.8 miles Best Trail in az - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Brasstown Bald, Wagon Train Trail


The final hike descending from Brasstown Bald is along the Wagon Train Trail. This path is the longest of the trails off the mountain. The pathway runs along old roadbeds to the north, ending in the t…
From the guidebook "Hiking Georgia"
Blairsville, GA - Hiking - 6.8 miles Best Trail in ga - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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