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A list of the most popular trails of the past year as compiled by Trails.com.

1. Breakneck Ridge Trail
Beacon, NY

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 9.6 miles

In Hudson Highlands State Park, this trail makes a rugged ascent from river-level to roll along a knobby ridge, gathering vistas and reaching a lookout. Special Attractions: Hudson river, Shawangunk,...

From the guidebook Hiking New York  


2. Harriman State Park
Bear Mountain , NY

Activity: Walking
Trail Distance: 3.8 miles

Old iron mines in one of the metropolitan region’s largest, oldest, and most popular parks. Only thirty-five miles from New York City, Harriman State Park is one of the most popular recreation areas i...

From the guidebook Nature Walks in and around New York City  


3. Cohutta Wilderness Area Trails
Ellijay, GA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 75 miles

The wilderness area lies on the Georgia-Tennessee state line. More than seventy-five miles of backcountry trails lead to grand forests, scenic beauty, fishing, hunting, and exploring. Special attract...

From the guidebook Hiking Georgia  


4. The Pinnacle
Hamburg, PA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 8.7 miles

Walk the Appalachian Trail for spectacular views of Hawk Mountain, the Lehigh Valley, and Blue Rocks. Many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers claim the views at the Pinnacle are the best views on the Penns...

From the guidebook Hike America: Pennsylvania  


5. Appalachian National Scenic Trail - Pennsylvania Section
Rouzerville, PA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 232 miles

This 2,155-mile national scenic trail from Maine to Georgia cuts across southeastern Pennsylvania between New Jersey and the Mason-Dixon Line at Maryland. The Appalachian Trail (AT) traverses ridges a...

From the guidebook Hiking Pennsylvania  


6. Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap
Suches, GA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 9 miles

The summit of Springer Mountain, a broad dome with thin oak woods and a rock outcrop, has excellent northwest views of the Cohutta Mountains. Two bronze plaques mark this as the terminus of the AT. ...

From the guidebook Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians  


7. Amicalola Falls State Park Trails
Dahlonega, GA

Activity: Hiking
Located about 20 miles east of Ellijay and fourteen miles west of Dahlonega. About 3.5 miles of easy to moderate hikes in three trails and the approach to the famous, 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail. Sp...

From the guidebook Hiking Georgia  


8. Appalachian Trail: Hightower Gap to Woody Gap
Suches, GA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 11.9 miles

If you're looking for a good introduction to north-Georgia hiking, with several steep climbs and descents, this section of the AT provides it. The trail is good though rocky in spots, and primarily t...

From the guidebook Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians  


9. Silver Dollar Lake
Georgetown, CO

Activity: Snowshoeing
Trail Distance: 4 miles

This short, fairly easy trail to a pristine mountain lake surrounded by soaring cliffs is one of the best trails on Guanella Pass, within easy driving distance of Denver. The only disadvantage is the ...

From the guidebook Snowshoe Routes: Colorado's Front Range  


10. Camelback Mountain Summit Trail
Phoenix, AZ

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 2.32 miles

Camelback Mountain, towering above Phoenix and Scottsdale, is a well-known and prominent landmark. The 2,704-foot peak, the highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, is a two-summited mountain that look...

From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix  


11. Anthony's Nose
Bear Mountain Bridge, NY

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 2.5 miles

Glorious views up and down the Hudson River from the east bank. Anthony’s Nose is a steep, 900-foot mountain on the eastern bank of the Hudson River in the dramatically beautiful portion known as the ...

From the guidebook Nature Walks in and around New York City  


12. Ramsey's Draft Wilderness
Staunton, VA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 14.8 miles

Welcome to a wilderness smorgasbord. Ten Appalachian knobs surround the rugged valley through which Ramsey’s Draft courses—the highest of which, Hardscrabble Knob, reaches 4,282 feet. Ramsey’s Draft T...

From the guidebook Hiking Virginia (Burnham)  


13. Slide Mountain Loop
Woodstock, NY

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 7 miles

Traveling hemlock-deciduous and fir-birch forests, this popular trail tags the highest point in the Catskills and passes Burroughs Plaque and Curtis Monument. Special Attractions: vistas, rare high-e...

From the guidebook Hiking New York  


14. Furnace Mountain / Trayfoot Mountain Overnight Loop
Waynesboro, VA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 20.6 miles

If you like mountaintop views and camping along streams, this loop is for you. Head north on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and turn west toward Austin Mountain, with many views of your destination. Camp ...

From the guidebook Day & Overnight Hikes in Shenandoah National Park  


15. Appalachian Trail: Dicks Creek Gap to Deep Gap (NC)
Hiawassee, GA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 15.6 miles

In May and June, rhododendron, flame azalea, and mountain laurel bloom on the ridgetops of this trail section, while in fall and winter, hikers can enjoy the good views. At any time of year, this hik...

From the guidebook Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians  


16. Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Neels Gap
Suches, GA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 10.7 miles

Take a hike to Blood Mountain, the highest peak on the Georgia AT, now usually a quite peaceful place except when invaded by swarms of weekend hikers. Sometime before 1600, however, the aptly name Bl...

From the guidebook Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Southern Appalachians  


17. Glacier Gorge
Estes Park, CO

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 9.6 miles

In my opinion this is the most beautiful spot in Rocky Mountain National Park. Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on yo...

From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Front Range  


18. Mount Marcy - New York Highpoint
Lake Placid, NY

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 14.8 miles

Highpoint rank by height: 21st. We will use the trail that starts near Heart Lake and the Adirondak Loj. No, this is not a spelling error – it was named by Henry Van Hoevenberg, who opened the Loj – e...

From the guidebook Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints  


19. Kauai: Kalalau Valley & The Na Pali Cliffs
Hanalei, HI

Activity: Walking
Trail Distance: 22 miles

The Kalalau Trail is very different from its Waimea Valley cousin, yet it still hosts some of the most spectacular views in the Hawaiian Islands. The Kalalau Valley stretches more than 4,000 feet up f...

From the guidebook Hawaii: A Walker's Guide  


20. Appalachian National Scenic Trail: CT & MA
North Adams, MA

Activity: Hiking
Trail Distance: 138 miles

This 2,155-mile national scenic trail, journeying from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine, traverses the northwest corner of Connecticut and western Massachusetts, touring forest, fie...

From the guidebook Hiking Southern New England  


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