Best Hiking Trails
Hiking ranks among the most lucrative outdoor activities. It has been gaining popularity in the US over the past few years and this has seen a massive increase in hiking trails. Right from the national parks to state parks, there are breathtaking trails that are worth considering for a holiday vacation or family outing. To help you have the adventure of your lifetime, we have analyzed some of the best hiking trails in the US. Here, let’s have a trail.
1. The Appalachian Trail
- Distance: 2,200 miles
- Level of difficulty: Easy to strenuous
- Best time to visit: September and October when temperatures are moderate.
A mention of long distance trails will probably land on this trail. It’s one of the oldest trails and stretches from Georgia to Maine. Springer Mountain plays host to thousands of hikers every year. This marks the beginning of the long march that that is packed with surprises.
The scenery is beautiful and there is so much to watch along the way. The historic trail is the home to national parks such as the Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah and Baxter State Park. These parks may charge you between $15 and $25 for permits. Camping along the trail requires you to have a backcountry permit too.
This trail has breathtaking sections such as the Shenandoah National Park which is characterised by deciduous forests. It has an incredible mountain top view and can easily be accessed from Washington DC. On average, the section is 100 Miles long and hikers can walk or double the entire length. Alternatively, one can use the connecting trails.
2. Mountains to Sea Trail
- Distance: 1175 miles
- Level of difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
- Best time to visit: Spring and fall months when there are few bugs and scenic beauty.
North Carolina has unbroken white sand beaches to the east spanning hundreds of miles to meet the Atlantic Ocean. To the west of the State lies the Highest Mississippi. The mountain to see trail which is approximately 1000 miles long covers both extremes thus the name. it runs from the Majestic Outer Banks to the Great Smoky Mountains.
The mountain to sea trail is considered to be work in progress as parts of it is yet to be covered by all weather roads. This shouldn’t dull your mood as there are outstanding sections such as the Great Smoky Mountain National park that will make it worth your time.
3. Kalalau Trail
- Distance: 11 miles
- Level of difficulty: Moderate
- Best time to visit: Dry season ( May to October)
This is a track in Hawaii and is approximately 11 miles in length. It hugs the Napali coast and stretches to a secret beach from which its name is coined. It is quite a unique trail as it offers the only land access to the section of the island , crosses valleys and offers an incredible fusion of cliffs, sea pali, secluded beaches and tropical forests. This is not to mention the private paradise at the end of the trail which makes it extraordinary.
If you have been thinking of a trail that has so much to offer, this may be the lucky bet. It not only offers great sceneries but also leads you to agricultural terraces with unlimited supply of mangoes, java plum and guavas that are all yours to spanning
4. Mooney Park
- Distance: 10 miles
- Level of difficulty: Difficult
- Best time to visit: Winter when skiing is at its best.
You may have heard of the great canyon but what about the adventurous three mile trail that leads to the Mooney falls? Well, you now have and you may want to trend the adventurous way along this beautiful trail that starts at Supai.
The trail presents top of the range guest lodges and a campsite. Here you can have your stopover and also explore the Hualapai Canyon and waterfalls which include the Mooney falls, Havasu falls, Beaver falls and Navajo falls.
5. Pacific Crest Trail
- Distance: 2659 miles
- Level of difficulty: Moderate
- Best time to visit: April to September (commencing in Mexico and ending in British Columbia)
The trail that stretches from California to Washington is 2659 miles long and follows the rugged mountains and ridges. Its highest points are along the Cascades and Sierra Nevada.
What is incredible about this trail is that it passes through San Bernardino Mountain spine that affords you excellent views of the Mojave Desert and the L.A Basin. Moreover, you will get to have a spectacular view of alpine forests as well as lakes while in the higher elevations. This is not to mention the lush forest, volcanic landscapes and high desert found in Oregon.
6. Red River Gorge
- Distance: 10.7 miles
- Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate
- Best time to visit: Year-round
Some trails offer more than just a walk path. They will offer adventures such as rock climbing and this is what red river gorge I renowned for. The world class destination is renowned for its geological features such as giant sand stone cliffs, hidden caves and natural stone arches. These features guarantee you of a memorable Jurassic experience.
The Bison way trail is considered to be the backbone of the trail and leads you to the Sheltowee Trace National Park. This doubles with the Indian staircase to give you a breath-taking view of the gorge. You can also surge forward to the scenic landmark by following the narrow split to the cloud splitter arch.
Considering that we are living in a fast-paced century, having a week to spare from the ‘civilized’ lifestyle isn’t easy coming. If you get lucky to have that week in the year, do not hesitate to take a break from the pressures that come with daily grind and explore one of the best hiking trails in the US. They will not only jog your mind but also help you lose that nagging belly fat. You will have so much to enjoy and share with your loved ones.
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