THE COHOS TRAIL, NEW HAMPSHIRE – 165 MILES
The Cohos Trail not only offers remote and rustic New Hampshire scenery, it also serves as a gateway to an unforgettable international trail experience if you choose to continue your journey to the connecting trail in Quebec.
THE OZARK HIGHLANDS TRAIL, ARKANSAS – 218+ MILES
Featuring stream crossings, mountain vistas, swimming holes, and even a section of bushwhacking, this trail in northwest Arkansas is the perfect way to experience some adventure.
THE LONG TRAIL, VERMONT – 270+ MILES
Long Trail would ultimately serve as the inspiration for the world-famous Appalachian Trail, and the two hikes share 100 miles near the southern part of the state. Once it splits from the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail becomes a more rugged trail, without the foot traffic that the A.T. receives, making this a tough trek through beautiful wilderness.
THE SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL, MINNESOTA – 310 MILES
The Superior Hiking Trail follows the North Shore of Lake Superior for 310 miles, providing hikers a trek to and from the area’s largest concentration of state parks and beautiful lake shores. Backcountry camping is free and allowed only in designated sites, but the trail is dotted every 5 to 10 miles with accessible parking, making it an easy trip for day hikers as well.
OREGON COAST TRAIL, OREGON – 382 MILES
Spanning south to north alongside Oregon’s rugged coastline, this trail is the perfect place to lose yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Pacific Ocean. Most of the trail follows the beach, but every now and then crosses through shaded corridors of nearby forests, making this one of the more memorable hikes in Oregon.
THE HAYDUKE TRAIL, UTAH & ARIZONA – 800 MILES
At 800 miles, this is no short trek, and is sure to test even the most experienced hikers. As you zigzag between water sources in Utah’s five National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, you’ll be stunned by the scenery the Southwest is renowned for.
THE ARIZONA TRAIL, ARIZONA – 800+ MILES
Within the 800+ miles, you can expect to see saguaro cacti, big canyon walls, and testaments to human history, including the Roosevelt Dam. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, this seemingly straightforward hike through Arizona has an array of challenges that come with desert environment. You’ll want to manage your water and supplies appropriately.
THE MOUNTAINS-TO-SEA TRAIL, NORTH CAROLINA – 1,150 MILES
Extending from the Great Smoky Mountains, this trail traverses through some of the state’s most scenic landscapes and eventually makes its way to the Outer Banks. It’s best to tackle this demanding hike in the fall or spring, each season offering the perfect escape from harsh temperatures and nagging insects.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST TRAIL, MONTANA, IDAHO, WASHINGTON – 1,200 MILES
Crossing through three National Parks , seven National Forests, and a huge number of mountain ranges and high alpine environments, the Trail was specifically designed as one of the most scenic hikes in the country.
THE BUCKEYE TRAIL, OHIO – 1,444 MILES
Spanning an impressive 1,444 miles, the Buckeye Trail has grown to capture the entire state in a circuital track. Even if Ohio isn’t the first state on your bucket list, this trail is still a must see for anyone looking for adventure.
THE NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL, NORTH DAKOTA TO NEW YORK – 4,600+ MILES
You can follow the North Country Trail for 4,600 miles as it traverses the wide and varying landscape of the northeastern United States. The distance make this thru-hike a tough one to conquer in one go. However, with hundreds of access points in each state, the North Country Trail is the perfect hike for the weekender.
THE AMERICAN DISCOVERY TRAIL, CALIFORNIA TO DELAWARE – 6,800 MILES
Stretching from California to Delaware, the American Discovery Trail offers the most varied trail terrain of any hike in the nation, ranging from the High Sierras to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The fastest trek took 231 days—conquer this trail and you’ll earn yourself a spot in the thru-hiker hall of fame.