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
AllTrails.com, 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.
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Estillfork Walls of Jericho Where: Difficulty: Strenuous Length: 7 miles Features: Some rugged terrain, with caves and waterfall backdrops; watch out for snakes. Alaska
Flattop Mountain Where: Chugach National Forest Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Length: 3 miles Features: Spectacular views from a snow-capped mountain range. Arkansas
Lost Valley Trail Where: Ponka Difficulty: Moderate Length: 2.3 miles Features: A 53-foot waterfall and multiple swimmin' holes. Arizona
Camelback Where: Echo Canyon Park Difficulty: Strenuous Length: 2.2 miles Features: Intense, short and steep, but ends with a scenic view. California
Eaton Canyon Falls Trail Where: Eaton Canyon Park Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Length: 3.4 miles Features: Popular, fun, Southern California hiking staple. Colorado
: Arapaho National Forest Maxwell Falls Where Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Length: 5.3 miles Features: Lush forest and multiple waterfalls; great for beginners. Connecticut
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. Florida
: Apopka Wekiwa Springs Loop Trail Where Difficulty: Easy Length: 13 miles Features: Lengthy, extremely accessible, and not too far from Disney World. Georgia
: Blairsville Blood Mountain Where Difficulty: Extremely Strenuous Length: 8.4 miles Features: Scary name, even scarier terrain; Georgia end of the Appalachian Trail; experts only. Hawaii
Diamond Head Where: Honolulu Difficulty: Moderate Length: 1.6 miles Features: A quick, tropical trek with tremendous vantage points. Idaho
Tubbs Hill Where: Coeur d'Alene Difficulty: Easy Length: 2 miles Features: Laid back, popular trek with plenty of wildlife. Illinois
Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Where: Palos Park Difficulty: Moderate Length: 4.8 miles Features: Well-maintained, beautiful scenery; close to Chicago. Indiana
: Madison Clifty Falls State Park Where Difficulty: Strenuous Length: 14 miles Features: Extensive, gorgeous trails with awesome caves and killer views. Iowa
: Boone Ledges State Park Where 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. Kentucky
Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail Where: Slade Difficulty: Moderate Length: 5.4 miles Features: Cool views, rustic bridges, and interesting rock formations abound. Louisiana
: Baton Rouge Hooper Road Park Where Difficulty: Moderate Length: 10 miles Features: Well-maintained paths with varying elevations; good for people looking to get serious about hiking. Maine
: Weld Tumbledown Mountain Where Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Length: 4.3 miles Features: Short, semi-leisurely trek with gorgeous lake views. Maryland
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.
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Gregory Potawatomi Trail Where: Difficulty: Strenuous Length: 17.5 miles Features: Lakefront views; a scenic beach.
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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.
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Clark Creek Primitive Trail Where: Woodville Difficulty: Strenuous Length: 2.6 miles Features: Multiple beautiful waterfalls; leashed dogs allowed.
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Lone Wolf Trail at Castlewood State Park Where: Ballwin Difficulty: Moderate Length: 1.5 miles Features: Panoramic views from the top of the bluffs.
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West Glacier Grinnell Glacier Trail Where: Difficulty: Moderate Length: 5.5 miles Features: Sweeping views of the glacier; wildflowers galore.
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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.
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Calico Tanks Trail Where: Red Rock Canyon Difficulty: Moderate Length: 2.5 miles Features: Stunning views; a ton of rocks.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Grandma Gatewood Trail Where: Logan Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Length: 10 miles Features: Caves and a waterfall.
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Turkey Mountain Yellow Trail Where: Tulsa Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous Length: 4.5 miles Features: Great views and a mix of alternate trail options. Oregon
Multnomah Falls Trail Where: Bridal Veil Difficulty: Moderate Length: 2.6 miles Features: Magnificent views and a variety of trails along the gorge. Pennsylvania
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.
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Sylvan Lake Harney Trail Where: Custer Difficulty: Moderate Length: 7 miles Features: Miles-long views from the top of majestic rock formations. Tennessee
Alum Cave Bluffs Trail Where: Gatlinburg Difficulty: Moderate Length: 5.5 miles Features: Lots of interesting rock formations, including a concave cliff. Texas
North Shore Trail Where: Flower Mound Difficulty: Moderate Length: 12 miles Features: Well-maintained grounds, lake views, and a variety of terrain.
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Donut Falls Trail Where: Sandy Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Length: 2.9 miles Features: A beautiful waterfall at the end. Vermont
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.
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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. Washington
Rattlesnake Ledge Where: North Bend Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Length: 4 miles Features: Great views of Rattlesnake Lake.
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Maryland Heights Where: Harpers Ferry Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Length: 5.3 miles Features: Lots of great views and dotted with Civil War fortifications. Wisconsin
Devil's Lake State Park Where: Baraboo Difficulty: Moderate Length: 6 miles Features: Fascinating geological formations and a spectacular lake view.
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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.