Located in North America, the hiking in US offers over thirty trail routes from which to choose. The best US hiking based on popularity can be found in Colorado, California, Washington, Virginia, and Montana. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a US hiking region below.
East of Birmingham and south of Anniston, the 2,800 acre Cheaha State Park has a 4 loop hiking trail system cut around Mt. Cheana, which is the highest point in the state. The Cheaha State Park is completely within the Talladega National Forest. The popular Pinhoti Trail (aka Odum Scout Trail) passes along the eastern boundary of the state park.
Northwest of Fairbanks and north of Ester, the Ester Dome area has a nice hiking trail network worth exploring. A great starting point for hiking Ester Dome Trails is just northwest of Ester.
East of Durango, a nice section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail follows the San Juans from Wolf Creek Pass to Spring Creek Pass (120 miles). A perfect time of year to try this hiking route is in August when it should be snow free and there should still be some wildflowers.
Near Cornwall and Kent, the 24-mile Mohawk Trail follows an old section of the AT and hooks up with the present-day AT to create a 37-mile loop that can be hiked in four days. Starting at Cornwall Bridge, the trail crosses the Housatonic River and climbs the valleys eastern ramparts of Colts Foot, Mohawk, and Barrack Mountains.
Situated 20 miles east of Sarasota, the 29,000 acre Myakka River State Park has a 45 mile trail network surrounding the Myakka River and Lake. A bulk of the trail system is the 39 mile Myakka Trail, which passes through dry grass/palmetto praires, palm islands and shaddy Oak hammocks.
Southwest of Atlanta near Warm Springs in the Roosevelt State Park, the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail follows the contours of its namesake peak across the state park. Passing through hickory-oak forest on the ridgetops, the hiking trail descends to mixed stands of sweet gum, yellow poplar, and red maple in the moist coves.
South of Stanley in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains, the 18 mile Toxaway Lake Loop begins and ends at Pettit Lake. The route combines the Pettit Lake Trail and the Yellow Belly Trail for an out-and-back loop.
Located 35 miles east of Bloomington in the Hoosier National Forest, the Nebo Ridge loop (aka Knobstone Trail) is a challenging 15 mile hiking trail through dense woods that is shared with mountain bikers and horseback riders. It connects with over 60 miles of trails and dirt roads.
Near Millinocket, the 9.5 mile hike over Mount Katahdin (5,300 feet) starts on the rocky, vertical Abol Trail. After almost three miles of scrambling up rock faces, you ll top out on the tablelands for 360-degree views of 46-peak Baxter State Park as you hike another mile to Baxter Peak, the highest point on Katahdin.
Near Flintstone, the 40,000 acre Green Ridge State Forest has a network of 45 miles of trails through oak forest. This region is very dry, so the hiking is almost year-round (so dry that theres even prickly pear cactus!). The four main trails are: Pine Lick Blue Trail (6 miles), Long Pond Red Trail (7 miles), Deep Run / Big Run Green Trail (7 miles) and Log Roll Orange Trail (4 miles).