Hiking - Top Ten Places in the USA

Zion National Park  - Zion comes from the an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Protected within the park's 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces. This unique geography and the variety of life zones within the park make Zion significant as a place of unusual plant and animal diversity.


Glacier National Park - Glacier preserves over million acres of forests, alpine meadows, and lakes. Its diverse habitats are home to over 70 species of mammals and over 260 species of birds. The spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers paradise containing 700 miles of maintained trails that lead deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states.

   
Appalachian Trail - The Appalachian Trail is a 2,174-mile footpath along the ridgecrests and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in northern GA. The trail traverses Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is used by day, weekend and other short-term hikers, section-hikers and thru-hikers. Thru-hikers hike the entire length of the Trail in one season.


Grand Canyon National Park -  is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than an awe-inspiring view. It is more than a pleasuring ground for those who explore the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent Colorado River. Come and explore and hike.


Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) -  The PCT spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states: California, Oregon and Washington. Thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy the PCT each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season!


Continental Divide Trail -  The CDT was described as a 3,100 mile trail, traveling from Canada to Mexico, through five western states- Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.


North Country National Scenic Trail
- The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven northern states(New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvannia, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota). The approximately four thousand mile long trail incudes a variety of hikes from easy walking to challenging treks. When completed, through the efforts of many people, the trail will become the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States. From the Missouri River in North Dakota to the shores of Lake Champlain in New York, the trail allows hikers to experience a variety of features, from clear-flowing streams, to thick Northern woods, from vast prairies to clean lakes.


Pinnell Mountain - National Recreation Trail - Alaska - (27.3 miles, up and down along ridgecrests, 500' total gain northbound)—This is one of the best short backpack routes in the state. From Mile 85.6 to Mile 107.3 of the Steese Highway, the maintained path follows a ridgeline route entirely above treeline. Two emergency shelters are available. For a hefty 10-day route, you can link up with the Circle-Fairbanks Trail. Through trail—3–4 days.


Nantahala National Forest - Mountains surpassing 5000 feet, cascading waterfalls, towering hardwood forests and whitewater foaming over the backs of boulders--these are the sights awaiting you in the Nantahala National Forest. Enjoy the panoramic views from Whiteside Mountain or Wayah Bald. A 2-mile loop trail to the top of the Whiteside cliffs, provides a spectacular view. Wayah Bald is especially beautiful in June when the azaleas and laurel bloom. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, with it's 400-year old trees, is another breathtaking sight, as is Whitewater Falls - the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains.


Florida National Scenic Trail - After nearly 40 years, the Florida Trail remains a work in progress. A primary concern is land acquisition for protection of the trail corridor in order to ensure a continous corridor connecting wilderness lands across the state. Long distance hikers can walk the Florida Trail by following the orange blazes from Loop Road in Big Cypress National Preserve to Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island, but those blazes follow paved roads in places where we have not yet been able to protect the corridor.

 

Hiking Equipement , Maps and Links
 

GORP - GORP.com is your resource for adventure travel and outdoor recreation with information on destinations, national parks, outdoor gear, hiking, and more.
 

Rail-Trail Resource Center - Creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
 

REI - REI Adventures: Affordable Adventure Travel, Backpacking Vacations, Bicycle Tours. Adventure travel for all skill levels, from novice to expert. We offer over 90 active trips worldwide with small groups and expert local guides. Activities include hiking, cycling, kayaking, mountaineering, trekking and adventure cruising.
 

L.L. Bean - Outdoor tips and gear, Outdoor Discovery Schools, and Outdoor Partners.
 

Trail Finder - The most comprehensive collection of trail descriptions and trail maps available on the Internet. Since 1999 we have been adding new trails for North America and the total now stands at over 35,000 trails!
 

Get Hiking - Find Places to Hike and other Hikers,Books on Hiking and Backpacking, and recommendations on outdoor equipment.

Hiking Maps - LandVoyage.com - Unlimited Maps and Imagery - Aerial Photos - USGS Topo Maps - Satellite Images.


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