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.

  • #1 Breakneck Ridge Trail

    49 Reviews

    Beacon, NY

    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 ...
    •  5.5-7 hours
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    On the east side of the Hudson River in Hudson Highlands State Park, this trail makes a rugged ascent from near river-level ...

  • #2 Glacier Gorge

    19 Reviews

    Estes Park, CO

    Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on your hike into Glacier Gorge. Bring along a fishing rod and a camera. Cross ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on your ...

  • #3 Half Dome Trail

    44 Reviews

    Yosemite National Park, CA

    Half Dome Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 8,748 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 ...
    •  1.8 miles

    Half Dome Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 1.8 miles long ...

  • #4 Angels Landing (Zion National Park)

    34 Reviews

    Springdale, UT

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail provides a spectacular day trip for well-conditioned hikers who have no fear of heights. It receives heavy use, ...

  • #5 Havasu Canyon

    30 Reviews

    Seligman, AZ

    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 ...
    •  2 days
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Havasu is one of those places where a spectacular natural setting combines with the fascination of Native peoples to create ...

  • #6 Eagle Rock Loop

    24 Reviews

    Glenwood, AR

    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 ...
    •  26.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the longest loop trail in the state of Arkansas. The Eagle Rock Loop Trail is very popular with out-of-state hikers ...

  • #7 Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail

    24 Reviews

    Paradise Valley, AZ

    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 ...
    •  1 to 3 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an excellent, strenuous, and popular hike to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain. Camelback Mountain, ...

  • #8 Bright Angel Trail

    23 Reviews

    Grand Canyon, AZ

    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 ...
    •  2 days
    •  19.2 miles
    •  Guide

    In addition to offering the most convenient access to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Bright Angel Trail is also one ...

  • #9 Mount Tammany

    23 Reviews

    Jacksonburg, NJ

    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 ...
    •  3 - 4 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Kittatinny Ridge (meaning “Endless Mountain” in the Lenape Native American language) comes to an abrupt, spectacular ...

  • #10 Arethusa Falls Trails

    19 Reviews

    North Conway, NH

    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 ...
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Dropping more than 200 feet in a swath of lacy mist, the plunge of Bemis Rock creates New Hampshire's highest falls and a ...

  • #11 Old Rag Fire Road

    27 Reviews

    Shenandoah National Park, VA

    Old Rag Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 3,329 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.3 miles

    Old Rag Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. ...

  • #12 Linville Falls Trail

    28 Reviews

    Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

    Linville Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Burke County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 3,182 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  0.9 miles

    Linville Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Burke County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.9 miles ...

  • #13 Bear Mountain Loop

    12 Reviews

    Highland, NY

    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. Counte ...
    •  9.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This demanding 9.7-mile loop rolls through the steep wooded terrain of Bear Mountain State Park, topping Bear and West ...

  • #14 Big Walnut Creek Nature Preserve: Tall Timbers Trail

    19 Reviews

    Bainbridge, IN

    This trail skirts a bluff before looping through a broad, deep ravine.
    •  1 hour
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail skirts a bluff before looping through a broad, deep ravine.

  • #15 South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground

    18 Reviews

    Grand Canyon, AZ

    A backpack of two or more days, following one of the most popular trails in the Grand Canyon.
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A backpack of two or more days, following one of the most popular trails in the Grand Canyon.

  • #16 Boynton Canyon

    13 Reviews

    Sedona, AZ

    Boynton Canyon is considered one of Sedona's most scenic canyons and a powerful vortex site. The canyon has lush riparian vegetation, towering red sandstone formations, hoodoo rock spires and ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Boynton Canyon is considered one of Sedona's most scenic canyons and a powerful vortex site. The canyon has lush riparian ...

  • #17 Virgin Falls Trail at Virgin Falls State Natural Area

    18 Reviews

    Sparta, TN

    The trail into Virgin Falls is a favorite among backpackers inTennessee because of the abundance of sights along the trail. Not only do you get the spectacular Virgin Falls, but also Big Branch ...
    •  6 to 8 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail into Virgin Falls is a favorite among backpackers inTennessee because of the abundance of sights along the trail. ...

  • #18 Verde Hot Spring

    6 Reviews

    Strawberry, AZ

    The remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one time a thriving resort complete with hotel and several baths. Today, ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one ...

  • #19 Brasstown Bald, Wagon Train Trail

    18 Reviews

    Blairsville, GA

    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 ...
    •  About 4–5 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The final hike descending from Brasstown Bald is along the Wagon Train Trail. This path is the longest of the trails off ...

  • #20 Mount Major

    12 Reviews

    Laconia, NH

    Locate a short hike to a beautiful view on one of the main tourist arteries in the Lakes Region and you’re sure to generate plenty of interest. Within easy driving distance of Meredith, Weirs ...
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Locate a short hike to a beautiful view on one of the main tourist arteries in the Lakes Region and you’re sure to generate ...