The U.S. is home to 58 national parks and over 6,000 state parks. These scenic locations offer a ton of hiking trails to escape and recharge. Whether you're a hardcore hiker or just trying to get the most-liked photo for Instagram, there is a perfect hiking trail out there for you. Check out the list of Best Hiking Trails in the U.S.!
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
The Highline Trail, located in Montana, is known for its incredible views and the difficulty of the hike. It's best to go between July and August when the local wildlife is active. You can expect to see the whole mountain view, trees, and various forms of wildlife walking on the trail such as mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and deer. The Highline Trail offers many different hiking options. The most popular hike trail is along a 7.6 miles route but the trail connects to the extra 30 miles trail. Whether you plan for a day hike or a backpacking trip, don't miss out on this amazing trail.
Rubicon Trail, D.L Bliss & Emerald Bay State Parks
The Rubicon Trail connects two state parks in South Lake Tahoe, CA. It runs about 13 miles total along the Sierra Nevada Mountains but most people turn around after a few. This hike is considered easy to moderate, and makes for the perfect activity whether you are an avid hiker or going for a stroll with the family. The trail has breathtaking views of the lake. If it's warm enough, you can even jump into the water to refresh.
Awa’awapuhi Trail, Kōke’e State Park
Located in Kauai, HI, the Awa'awapuhi Trail has a beautiful view of both the ocean and the forest. Due to the warm Hawaiian weather, the trail is accessible year round. This moderately difficult hike is 6.2 miles round trip along the NaPali coastline. There is no camping allowed, but the trail shouldn't take longer than a few hours. The high elevation on the trail gives you a new perspective of the island of Kauai. It’s time to explore Kauai from new heights along the Awa'awapuhi Trail.
Root Glacier Trail, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
The Root Glacier Trail is a 4-mile hike in Alaska. It is located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park which is the country's biggest national park. The best time to hike this trail is from June to September due to the weather. Keep in mind that crampons are a must for glacial hiking. This hike is a moderately difficult hike along the Wrangell Mountains, and has an amazing mountain and glacier view.
Hoh River Trail, Olympic National Park
The Hoh River Trail is located in Washington. It is 17.6 miles long but most people hike for a few miles. If you decide to go on the full hike, you can also do camping with a permit. This forest trail has beautiful terrain. Explore the trail surrounded by giant, moss-covered trees, ferns, and streams. There is also wildlife to see such as elk, deer, and bears. This moderately difficult hike is best traveled between April and October.