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Among its natural gifts, the United States is blessed with many scenic hiking trails. From the West Coast to the East and everywhere between, it’s hard to go too far without coming within range of a renowned hiking trail.

Here are some excellent trails in the United States for you to visit this season:


Many hiking paths provide an up-close view of forests and other natural wonders.

-White Clay Creek Preserve, Delaware/Pennsylvania. Hugging the border of Delaware and Pennsylvania, this preserve includes a valley of old rail beds. However, the rails have given way to trails, and with a level walk along gravel hugging the edge of the White Clay Creek, this preserve offers one of the most accessible hikes of any trail on this list.

-Old Rag Mountain, Virginia. Both one of the nation’s most popular and most challenging hikes, Old Rag mountain is located in the Shenandoah National Park. Deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains, the trail includes an eight-mile circuit which travels up rocks toward a breathtaking view of the whole Shenandoah Valley. Due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., this trail does get crowded as the foliage shows up in fall.

-Salt Point State Park, California. Two hours north of San Francisco, Salt Point State Park allows hikers an opportunity to hike the cliffs lining the Pacific Ocean. The views are every bit as scenic as they sound, and the trail can be hiked as a loop. Those who venture here will be rewarded with five miles of walks along the coastal meadows, too.

-Angels Landing, Utah. Named for its remote location, this trail lies within the famed Zion National Park. Along your way hiking here, you’ll scale cliffs with chains, navigate narrow rock trails with steep drop-offs, and enjoy the red rock scenery. Only for the boldest of hikers.


Head to the trails while the leaves are still in full color, as most will be gone by winter.

-John Muir Trail, California. Squarely in the Yosemite Valley, the John Muir Trail is part of a large stretch of trails in California. You may not see a city street for days if you keep going! You will see Ansel Adams, Yosemite, and Sequoia National Park along your way here. A truly rewarding hike.

-Franconia Ridge Traverse, New Hampshire. This runs north and south among the 4000-foot Mount Liberty. The trail ascends well above the treeline, then plunges thousands of feet to Walker Brook and Lincoln Brook river valleys, located below. This trail is full of natural wonders—the Bondcliff, the Twins, and the Owls Head Mountain are all clearly visible from the scenic hike.

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