Summertime is prime hiking season. More and more people are reaping the numerous benefits that come with the strenuous exercise—hiking is sure to improve your overall well-being. As the trekking fever hits you this summer, check out some of our favorite hiking trails across America.
Best Hiking Trails in the U.S.
1. Narrows Trail
Zion National Park, UT
One of our absolute favorite hiking trails in the United States, Zion National Park is home to the spectacular Narrows. Hiking through the gorge brings you up close and personal with the canyon walls and the Virgin River. This popular hiking spot can get a bit crowded, but don’t let that keep you from taking in the breathtaking views.
2. Knife Edge Trail
Baxter State Park, ME
Mount Katahdin is home to various hiking opportunities that draw in adventurous individuals from all over. One of the more popular trails in this area, Knife Edge Trail is a gorgeous hike to take in the winter and summertime. Hiking here requires online reservations, so make sure to plan ahead—ensure you’ll get to experience the exquisite nature bestowed upon this Northeastern territory.
3. Cascade Canyon Trail
Grand Teton National Park, WY
Wyoming is home to a massive amount of impressive and beautiful hikes. From waterfalls and evergreen forests to majestic mountains and rocky rivers, the views you’ll get to take in on this hike will stick with you for years to come. The round-trip Cascade Canyon Trail is around 14 miles long—but the panoramic views are well worth it.
4. Halemau’u Trail
Haleakala National Park, HI
This dramatic trail will bring you to the overlook of the Haleakala Crater. Hike through the native scrub forest and admire all the wonderful beauty this National Park has to offer. If you are in Maui, there are plenty of stunning views that you won’t want to miss—just be prepared for quick-changing weather conditions.
5. Mist Trail
Yosemite National Park, CA
One of the more popular short hikes in Yosemite, Mist Trail follows the Merced River. But that’s not all—you’ll also get to see the Vernal and Nevada waterfalls. This hike is overflowing with fabulous views. Be sure to hit the trail early if you want to avoid the crowds.
6. Hoh River Trail
Olympic National Park, WA
Hoh River Trail takes you to a fairytale location—Olympic National Park’s temperate rainforest. The mossy, dense hike is captivating and long; it stretches 17 miles. This trail offers plenty of opportunities to view local wildlife, so be sure all food and garbage are in the bear canisters. To enjoy the trail for a longer amount of time, consider camping at the seven established campsites.
7. Franconia Ridge Loop
Franconia Notch State Park, NH
This nine-mile hike winds through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It showcases the second highest peaks in the area—Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln, and Little Haystack. Not too far from Fenway Park, you can escape from the city and enjoy the trek up 3,480 feet. Make sure to pay attention to the weather for that day, as it can severely affect your views.
8. Sneffels Highline Trail
Sneffels Highline Trail is one of the best hikes in this area of Colorado. It takes you to two different radiant alpine basins, through fir forests, and up close with wildflower pastures. Offering gorgeous views of the San Miguel Mountains, you won’t want to miss this hike. If it proves to be too difficult for the family, check out these other awesome trails in Telluride that lead you through some of the wonderful historical areas of Telluride.
As always, Ozark Park is a wonderful place to hike in Missouri if you can’t make it to any of these glorious locations. There’s plenty of beautiful nature right around the corner—you just have to go out and find it!