Best Hikes in the United States: by State

Put Those Rugged Headphones to Use!


There’s something to be said about getting outside, traversing a new trail and taking in the sights after an accomplished hike. The sense of accomplishment followed by the uniqueness of your new perspective is unparalleled. It’s nice to take in the natural sounds of the environment surrounding you during your journey. Other times, however, you may find motivation while listening to music during your trail workout.

We recommend the use of our Image S4i Rugged or A5i Sport headphones for durability, but also wanted to share our experiences of the best hikes we have taken throughout the US, ranging from easy going to extreme.

Have you made an adventure out of a hike on our list? Did we miss some good ones? Share your experiences with us so we can all enjoy this beautiful world we live in. And don’t forget your headphones.

KEY:   *Easy  |  ** Moderate  |  ***Difficult  |  ****Extreme  |  + Dog Friendly


Alabama
1. Pinhoti Trail, Piedmont** +
2. Movie Road/Alabama Hills, Lone Pine * +
3. Spisey River Trail, Double Springs ** +
 
Alaska
1. Laughton Glacier, Skagway **
2. Granite Tors, Fairbanks ** +
3. Angels Rock, Fairbanks **
 
Arizona
1. Grand Canyon – North Rim **
2. Fossil Springs, Pine **
3. Tom’s Thumb, Scottsdale ***
 
Arkansas
1. Pinnacle Mountain Base Loop, Little Rock * +
2. Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs **
3. Burns Rock, North Little Rock * +
 
California
1. Half Dome, Yosemite National Park ****
2. Muir Woods, Yosemite National Park ***
3. Rubicon Trail, Lake Tahoe ***
 
Colorado
1. The Needles Traverse, Durango **
2. Mills Lake, Estes Park **
3. Barr Trial, Cascade ** +
 
Connecticut
1. Steep Rock, Washington Depot **
2. Mattabesett Trail, Durham *
3. Horse Pond, Montville *
 
Delaware
1. Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge, Milton *
2. Cape May Point, Cape May **
3. Amish Country Challenge, Dover ***
 
Florida
1. Withlacoochee State Trail, Brooksville * +
2. Juniper Prairie Wilderness, Astor **
3. Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, Everglades City **
 
Georgia
1. Raven Cliff Falls, White Country * +
2. Tallulah Gorge, Tullulah Falls **
3. Vogel State Park, Blairsville * +
 
Hawaii
1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii **
2. Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls, Maui **
3. Maunawili Falls Trail, Kailua **
 
Idaho
1. Borah Peak, Mackay **
2. Bruneau-Jarbridge Rivers Wilderness, Oyhee County **
3. Big Jacks Wilderness, Owyhee County **
 
Illinois
1. Waterfall Glen, Darien **
2. Lake Katherine Trail, Palos Heights ** +
3. Morton Arboretum East, Lisle *
 
Indiana
1. Town Run Trail, Indianapolis *
2. Fall Creek, Indianapolis **
3. Fox Island Park, Fort Wayne *
 
Iowa
1. Ledges State Park, Boone ** +
2. Seven Oaks, Ames *** +
3. High Trestle, Madrid *
 
Kansas
1. George Latham, Berryton * +
2. Fancy Creek, Randolph ***
3. Perry Lake Trail, Thompsonville *
 
Kentucky
1. Otter Creek Trail, Brandenburg ** +
2. Tioga Falls, West Point *
3. Millennium Trail, Lebanon Junction **
 
Louisiana
1. Comite Park Trail, Baton Rouge ** +
2. Lake Fausse Pointe, Jeanerette * +
3. Kincaid Lakeshore, Alexandria *
 
Maine
1. Mahoosuc Trail, Newry **
2. Cadillac Mountain South Ridge, Bar Barbor * +
3. Acadia Mountain Trail, Mt. Desert *
 
Maryland
1. Billy Goat Trail, Rockville *
2. Gunpowder Falls, Kingsville **
3. Northern Central Rail-Trail, Cockeyesville ** +
 
Massachusetts
1. Great Blue Hill Trail, Milton *
2. Quabbin Hill Trail, Ware **
3. Moose Hill, Sharon **
 
Michigan
1. Midland City Forest, Midland ** +
2. Al Sabo, Kalamazoo ** +
3. Sleeping Bear Point, Glen Arbor *
 
Minnesota
1. Superior Hiking Trail, Duluth **
2. Jay Cook State Park, McGregor * +
3. Gooseberry Falls, Two Harbors * +
 
Mississippi
1. Cypress Swamp, Canton *
2. Longleaf Trace, Hattiesburg ** +
3. Clark Creek Primitive, Woodsville * +
 
Missouri
1. Clifty Creek, Dixon * +
2. Colosseum Trail, Camdenton *
3. Lakeview Bend, Kaiser ** +
 
Montana
1. St. Mary to McDonald Lake, Lake McDonald ***
2. Two Medicines Pass, East Glacier Park ***
3. Grinnell Glacier Trail, Glacier National Park **
 
Nebraska
1. Chimney Rock, Kimball * +
2. Toadstool Trail, Harrison *+
3. Mopac Trail, Springfield * +
 
Nevada
1. Tahoe Rim Trail, Incline Village ***
2. Blue Diamond Hill, Las Vegas ** +
3. Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas ** +
 
New Hampshire
1. Presedential Traverse, Randolph **
2. Tuckermans Ravine, Gorham ***
3. Champney Falls, Conway **
 
New Jersey
1. Delaware Water Gap, Mt. Tammany **
2. Black River Trail, Morris County **
3. Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, Hemlock **
 
New Mexico
1. Chaco Culture Park Trail, Nageezi *
2. Philmont Road, Cimarron *
3. Salinas Pueblo Missions *
 
New York
1. Northville-Placid Trail, Saratoga Springs **
2. Blue Mountain Trail, Blue Mountain Lake **
3. Chimney Mountain Trail, Indian Lake ***
 
North Carolina
1. Appalachian Trail, Franklin **
2. Beaver Dam, Raleigh **
3. Bridal Veil Falls, Highlands * +
 
North Dakota
1. Maah Daah Hey, Medora *
2. Black Butte, Sawyer *
3. Killdeer Mountain, Killdeer ***
 
Ohio
1. Towpath Trail, Massillon * +
2. Whipp’s Ledges, Hinckley *
3. Archers Fork, New Matamoras ***
 
Oklahoma
1. Martha Songbird * +
2. Chickasaw, Sulphur * +
3. Horsetail Nature Trail, Hinton * +
 
Oregon
1. Angels Rest, Corbett ***
2. Mount Defiance, Cascade Locks *** +
3. Crater Lake, South, Crater Lake **
 
Pennsylvania
1. Penns Creek, Coburn ** +
2. Swift Run, McClure **
3. Chuck Keiper, Beech Creek ***
 
Rhode Island
1. Cliff Walk, Newport * +
2. Lincoln Woods, Lincoln * +
3. Breakheart Loop, Exeter ** +
 
South Carolina
1. Oakridge Trail, Hopkins * +
2. Palmetto Trail, Pomaria *
3. Peachtree Rock, Lexington ** +
 
South Dakota
1. Badlands National Park, Pine Ridge **
2. Harney Peak, Custer ** +
3. Presidential Trail, Keystone * +
 
Tennessee
1. Mount Cammerer, Cosby ****
2. Chimney Tops, Gatlinburg **
3. Great Smokey Mountains National Park *
 
Texas
1. Guadaplupe Peak, Salt Flat ***
2. Cross Timbers, Gordonville **
3. Arbor Hills, The Colony * +
 
Utah
1. Zion Narrows, Springdale **
2. Coyote Gulch, Kanab **
3. Queens Garden Trail, Bryce **
 
Vermont
1. Long Trail Hike, Williamston (MA) ***
2. Willow Gulch, Escalante **
3. Mount Cardigan, Canaan ** +
 
Virginia
1. White Oak Canyon, Syria **
2. Old Rag Trail, Sperryville ***
3. Bearfence Mountain Trail, Shenandoah **
 
Washington
1. Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainer ***
2. Olympic Traverse, Port Angeles ***
3. Silver Falls Loop Trail, Paradise Inn *
 
West Virginia
1. Dolly Sods, Cabins **
2. Glady to High Falls, Huttonville ** +
3. Coopers Rock, Morgantown * +

Wisconsin
1. Hemlock Trail, Ontario **
2. Ice Age Trail, Delafield ** +
3. Yellow Trail, Wausau **
 
Wyoming
1. Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton National Park **
2. Little Yellowstone, Grand Lake **
3. Mystic Falls, Yellowstone