The Best Hikes In All 50 States

Each and every state offers its own special slice of majesty, and if you aren't doing everything you can to see them all in their glory, you're blowing it. To make it a little easier, we've rounded up the best-rated hiking trails in each state.

And to help cull the list into a formidable hiking guide, we sourced the most popular trails according to, whose complex, proprietary trail-rating algorithm weighs 15 different factors to determine the hottest outdoor excursions from Alabama to Wyoming. So, without further ado, read up, and take a hike dammit.


Walls of Jericho
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 7 miles
Features: Some rugged terrain, with caves and waterfall backdrops; watch out for snakes.


Flattop Mountain
Where: Chugach National Forest
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: 3 miles
Features: Spectacular views from a snow-capped mountain range.


Lost Valley Trail 
Where: Ponka
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.3 miles
Features: A 53-foot waterfall and multiple swimmin' holes.


Where: Echo Canyon Park
Difficulty: Strenuous 
Length: 2.2 miles
Features: Intense, short and steep, but ends with a scenic view.


Eaton Canyon Falls Trail 
Where: Eaton Canyon Park
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 3.4 miles
Features: Popular, fun, Southern California hiking staple.


Maxwell Falls
: Arapaho National Forest
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 5.3 miles
Features: Lush forest and multiple waterfalls; great for beginners.


Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail
Where: Berlin
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous 
Length: 6.1 miles
Features: Rocky and steep in parts, comes with stellar views and a scattering of ponds and lakes.



Whitely Farms
Where: White Clay Creek State Park
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6 miles
Features: Forests, meadows, and some surprising inclines along the way.


Wekiwa Springs Loop Trail
: Apopka
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 13 miles
Features: Lengthy, extremely accessible, and not too far from Disney World.


Blood Mountain
: Blairsville
Difficulty: Extremely Strenuous
Length: 8.4 miles
Features: Scary name, even scarier terrain; Georgia end of the Appalachian Trail; experts only.


Diamond Head
Where: Honolulu
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.6 miles
Features: A quick, tropical trek with tremendous vantage points.


Tubbs Hill
Where: Coeur d'Alene
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Features: Laid back, popular trek with plenty of wildlife.


Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop
Where: Palos Park
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.8 miles
Features: Well-maintained, beautiful scenery; close to Chicago.


Clifty Falls State Park
: Madison
Difficulty: Strenuous 
Length: 14 miles
Features: Extensive, gorgeous trails with awesome caves and killer views.


Ledges State Park
: Boone
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 4.5 miles
Features: Very well-traversed trails with beautiful bluffs.



Elk River Hiking
Where: Elk City
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 15 miles
Features: Scenic, rugged, and a far cry from the Prairie.


Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail
Where: Slade
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5.4 miles
Features: Cool views, rustic bridges, and interesting rock formations abound.


Hooper Road Park
: Baton Rouge 
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10 miles
Features: Well-maintained paths with varying elevations; good for people looking to get serious about hiking. 


Tumbledown Mountain
: Weld
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 4.3 miles
Features: Short, semi-leisurely trek with gorgeous lake views. 


Billy Goat Trail
Where: Potomac
Difficulty: Strenuous 
Length: 4 miles
Features: Interesting rock scrambles and a stellar view of the Potomac River.


Purgatory Chasm Trail
Where: Sutton 
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 1 mile
Features: Quick, scenic route littered with amazing chasms and plenty of picnic spots.


Potawatomi Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 17.5 miles
Features: Lakefront views; a scenic beach.


Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Where: St. Paul
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 2.5 miles
Features: Lots of wildflowers, and you can easily re-route from different subsidiary trails to create a 9-mile loop.


Clark Creek Primitive Trail
Where: Woodville
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 2.6 miles
Features: Multiple beautiful waterfalls; leashed dogs allowed.


Lone Wolf Trail at Castlewood State Park
Where: Ballwin
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.5 miles
Features: Panoramic views from the top of the bluffs.


Grinnell Glacier Trail
West Glacier
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5.5 miles
Features: Sweeping views of the glacier; wildflowers galore.


Indian Cave State Park
Where: Shubert
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: .5 to 7 miles
Features: A variety of different interconnecting trails, caves, and Adirondack shelters with fire rings.


Calico Tanks Trail
Where: Red Rock Canyon
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.5 miles
Features: Stunning views; a ton of rocks.

New Hampshire

Mount Major Trail
Where: Belknap
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 3.4 miles
Features: Great views of Lake Winnipesaukee​ from the summit, wild blueberries along the route, and dogs are allowed.

New Jersey

Peanut Leap Trail
Where: Alpine
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: 5 miles
Features: Views, waterfalls, and ruins.

New Mexico

Tent Rocks Slot Canyon Trail
Where: Cochiti Pueblo
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3 miles
Features: It's a sacred religious site filled with wild rock formations.

New York

Breakneck Ridge Trail
Where: Cold Spring
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 9.6 miles
Features: Great views, and on particularly clear days you can see the NYC skyline.

North Carolina

Looking Glass Rock Trail
Where: Pisgah Forest
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: 6.4 miles
Features: Great for both views and dogs.

North Dakota

Maah Daah Hey Trail
Where: Sentinel Butte
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 99 miles
Features: Rivers, wildflowers, and lots of wildlife.


Grandma Gatewood Trail
Where: Logan
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 10 miles
Features: Caves and a waterfall.


Turkey Mountain Yellow Trail
Where: Tulsa
Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous
Length: 4.5 miles
Features: Great views and a mix of alternate trail options.


Multnomah Falls Trail
Where: Bridal Veil
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.6 miles
Features: Magnificent views and a variety of trails along the gorge.


Glen Onoko Run Trail
Where: Jim Thorpe
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 2.1 miles
Features: Impressive waterfalls and caves.

Rhode Island

Breakheart Loop
Where: Exeter
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.3 miles
Features: Pond views and incredible foliage.

South Carolina

Table Rock Trail
Where: Pickens
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: 4 miles
Features: Breathtaking views and great waterfalls.

South Dakota

Sylvan Lake Harney Trail
Where: Custer
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7 miles
Features: Miles-long views from the top of majestic rock formations.


Alum Cave Bluffs Trail
Where: Gatlinburg
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5.5 miles
Features: Lots of interesting rock formations, including a concave cliff.


North Shore Trail
Where: Flower Mound
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 12 miles
Features: Well-maintained grounds, lake views, and a variety of terrain.


Donut Falls Trail
Where: Sandy
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 2.9 miles
Features: A beautiful waterfall at the end.


Sunset Ridge at Mansfield Mountain
Where: Underhill
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: 5.7 miles
Features: Fantastic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountain range.


Old Rag Trail
Where: Sperryville
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 8.9 miles
Features: Like a "jungle gym for adults," with crazy awesome views at the top.


Rattlesnake Ledge
Where: North Bend
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 4 miles
Features: Great views of Rattlesnake Lake.

West Virginia

Maryland Heights
Where: Harpers Ferry
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: 5.3 miles
Features: Lots of great views and dotted with Civil War fortifications.


Devil's Lake State Park
Where: Baraboo
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6 miles
Features: Fascinating geological formations and a spectacular lake view.


North Rim At The Grand Canyon At Yellowstone
Where: Yellowstone National Park
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.8 miles
Features: Breathtaking views of the canyon and waterfalls.