TopTrails ForBaby Boomers

Living an Active Lifestyle Outdoors

Living an active lifestyle can help you live a longer, happier, healthier life, which may explain why more and more people (especially baby boomers) are flocking to National and State Parks.

Hiking has been shown to have several benefits, including increased balance and improved physical endurance. Regular exercise like walking, running and biking has also been shown to lower the risk of serious long-term conditions, like depression and dementia.

The CDC recommends older adults get at least two and a half hours of moderate exercise per week in order to see the benefits of an active lifestyle. Hop on the trails below to get some exercise in some of the most postcard-worthy sites in the country.

This curated list of trails was chosen based on popularity, difficulty and accessibility. You can browse the trails by region or by clicking on the map below. In each chart, icons indicate whether the trail is suitable for walking, hiking, trail running, mountain/trail biking, and whether the trail is handicap accessible.

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Northeast

Connecticut

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail Moderate 5.5 mi 1,105 ft
Bear Mountain Trail Moderate 6 mi 1,712 ft
Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve Trail Easy 3.6 mi 190 ft
Deep Woods Trail Easy 3.5 mi 400 ft
Sleeping Giant Head Blue and Violet Loop Trail Hard 6.7 mi 1,850 ft
Indian Council Caves Trail Hard 4.9 mi 971 ft

Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail – Ragged Mountain Memorial PreserveThis is one of the most popular hikes in the state, and for good reason. The views from the top of this moderately challenging hike are truly breathtaking.

Bear Mountain Trail – Mount Riga State ParkYou’ll want to give yourself most of the day to experience this gorgeous hike at Mount Riga State Park. The hike itself will take you a few hours, and you’ll definitely want to enjoy the view from the top for as long as possible.

Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve Trail – Bluff Point State ParkIf you spend the day exploring this relaxing coastal preserve, you surely won’t regret it. This hike is mostly flat and enjoyable for any skill level.

Deep Woods Trail – Chatfield Hallow State ParkThis is a great day hike at Chatfield State Park for any skill level. This trail is listed as wheelchair friendly.

Sleeping Giant Head Blue and Violet Loop Trail – Sleeping Giant State ParkThis hike near Hamden, Connecticut is a challenging yet rewarding hike, offering stunning views of Sleeping Giant State Park at the summit (and a castle along the way)!

Indian Council Caves Trail – Enders State ForestThis moderate hike features a cave and some of the best views of Enders State Forest.

Maine

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
The Beehive Loop Trail Moderate 1.3 mi 534 ft
Cadillac North Ridge Trail Moderate 4.1 mi 1,184 ft
Jordan Pond Full Loop Easy 3.4 mi 114 ft
Mount Katahdin Trail Hard 17.3 mi 8,146 ft
Ocean Path Trail Easy 4.2 mi 433 ft
Tumbledown Mountain Trail Hard 5.6 mi 2,276 ft
Marginal Way Walk Easy 2 mi 98 ft

The Beehive Loop Trail – Acadia National ParkThis moderate-to-difficult trail is one of the most popular hikes in the beautiful Acadia National Park. The lake views at the summit are incredible, but the trail may be a bit intimidating to anyone scared of heights.

Cadillac North Ridge Trail – Acadia National ParkThis hike offers picture-perfect views of coastal Maine. Although generally moderate and family-friendly, some hiking experience is recommended.

Jordan Pond Full Loop – Acadia National ParkSpend a perfect afternoon hiking around the gorgeous Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park. All skill levels are welcome.

Mount Katahdin Trail – Baxter State ParkExperienced hikers rave about this stunning mountain peak in the remote Baxter State Park.

Ocean Path Trail – Acadia National ParkEnjoy the wildlife of coastal Maine and gorgeous views at Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff on this hike suitable for all skill levels.

Tumbledown Mountain Trail – Four Ponds Public Reserved LandThis difficult trail is popular among adventurers near Weld, Maine because of its stunning views. It is accessible for seasoned hikers and offers multiple views of the mountain along the way.

Marginal Way Walk – Rotary ParkOne of the best walks for experiencing the splendor of Maine’s rocky coastline. Wheelchairs are welcome on this gorgeous seaside stroll.

Massachusetts

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Purgatory Chasm Trail Easy 1 mi 127 ft
Bash Bish Falls Trail Moderate 2 mi 524 ft
Battle Road Trail Easy 9.2 mi 416 ft
Blue Hills Skyline Train Moderate 12.7 mi 3,215 ft
Mt. Holyhoke Range Trail Hard 11.9 mi 3,769 ft
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Loop Trail Moderate 2.9 mi 1,207 ft
Mount Watatic and Nutting Hill Trail Moderate 3 mi 797 ft

Purgatory Chasm Trail – Purgatory Chasm State ReservationThis short hike is a bit of a climb, but the fascinating rock formations, believed to have originated during the ice age, make it a must-see natural landmark.

Bash Bish Falls Trail – Bash Bish Falls State ParkA stunning waterfall awaits you after a short, two-mile hike. History lovers can enjoy the informational placards to learn all about the history of the falls.

Battle Road Trail – Minute Man National Historic ParkThe historical site includes informational placards with revolutionary war history to add an educational element to a lovely afternoon outing.

Blue Hills Skyline Train – Blue Hills ReservationThis long hike will take all day, so be prepared with food and lots of water. On a clear day you can see all the way to Boston from this trail — one of the best ways to experience the Blue Hills.

Mt. Holyoke Range Trail – Holyoke Range State ParkLovers of this trail go for a great workout. Its length and elevation make it intense, but the views are great if you stick with it.

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Loop Trail – Wachusett Mountain State ReservationThis hike is easily accessible, with lots of parking close by. A relatively quick 2.9 mile hike gives you picturesque views from the summit.

Mount Watatic and Nutting Hill Trail – Watatic Mountain State Wildlife AreaEnjoy views stretching as far as Boston from the top of this moderately easy hike. Some prior hiking experience is recommended, but beginners in good shape should find it climbable.

New Hampshire

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Mount Major and Brook Trail Loop Moderate 3.8 mi 1,174 ft
Mount Willard Trail Moderate 3.2 mi 977 ft
Lake Massabesic Trail Easy 4 mi 275 ft
3 Purgatory Falls Trail Easy 4.8 mi 396 ft
Sweet Trail Easy 4.1 mi 380 ft
Lonesome Lake Trail Moderate 3.1 mi 1,033 ft

Mount Major and Brook Trail Loop – Mount Major State ParkThe most popular trail in Mount Major State Park, this easy trail will challenge you without wearing you out for days. The panoramic lake views from the top are excellent, so bring a camera.

Mount Willard Trail – Crawford Notch State ParkImmerse yourself in New Hampshire’s famously stunning mountains on this 3.2 mile hike, complete with picturesque views every step of the way.

Lake Massabesic Trail – Lake ParkGreat for hiking or trail running, this lake trail is perfect for adventurers of every skill level.

Purgatory Falls Trail – Lyndenborough, NHThis trail features a waterfall and is great for the whole family. On a hot day, cool off in the shallow pools at its base before heading back.

Sweet Trail – Durham, NHView a variety of coastal ecosystems, including upland forests, freshwater wetlands and tidal salt marshes on this wheelchair-accessible hike.

Lonesome Lake Trail – Franconia Notch State ParkThis trail offers unbeatable views of the White Mountains as you hike around a peaceful mountain lake. If you want a reasonably challenging hike that won’t take all day, this one is for you.

New York

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop Moderate 2.5 mi 656 ft
Kaaterskill Falls Trail Easy 1.3 mi 603 ft
Goat Island Scenic Walk Easy 2.9 mi 387 ft
Massapequa Lake Trail Easy 6.2 mi 82 ft
Black Mountain and Lake George Trail Moderate 7.7 mi 1,496 ft
Rim and Gorge Trail Moderate 4.3 mi 1,085 ft
Taughannock Falls Easy 1.9 mi 311 ft

Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop – Watkins Glen State ParkThis trail is one of the most popular trails in all of the famous Finger Lakes State Parks. Hike alongside a gorge that gives this trail its name (and pass 19 waterfalls along the way).

Kaaterskill Falls Trail – Kaaterskill Wild ForestThis quick hike will leave you spellbound. It is an easy hike for the whole family. Be prepared to take pictures of the falls!

Goat Island Scenic Walk – Niagara Falls State ParkEnjoy the legendary beauty of Niagara Falls on this paved trail that loops around Goat Island. This is a popular trail, so get there early for a bit of solitude.

Massapequa Lake Trail – Massapequa PreserveThis moderately trafficked, relatively flat trail is perfect for several different activity options, including road biking and trail running.

Black Mountain and Lake George Trail – Adirondack ParkAlthough this trail has a few challenging spots, the summit of Black Mountain is the perfect place to experience stunning views of the Adirondacks.

Rim and Gorge Trail – Robert H. Treman State ParkThis trail has lots of stairs, giving it a moderate rating. But if you can manage them, this hike alongside various waterfalls is well worth the effort.

Taughannock Falls – Taughannock Falls State ParkThis stress-free hike to a waterfall is a quick and easy way to experience the best natural beauty that the Ithaca area has to offer.

New Jersey

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Pyramid Mountain Loop Trail Moderate 4.9 mi 793 ft
Six Mile Run Blue Red and White Loop Trail Moderate 7.1 mi 403 ft
White Shore Trail Moderate 3.9 mi 833 ft
Sandy Hook Hiking Trail Easy 7.6 mi 131 ft
Schooley's Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop Trail Moderate 2.3 mi 587 ft
Stairway to Heaven Trail Moderate 2.9 mi 944 ft

Pyramid Mountain Loop Trail – Boonton, NJThis moderate hike has some notable landmarks that make the trek worth your time, including large boulders and scenic overlooks of the mountain.

Six Mile Run Blue Red and White Loop Trail – Six Mile Run State ParkThis trail is great for running, biking and hiking, and it’s conveniently accessible all year.

White Shore Trail – Palisades Interstate ParkThis trail is one of the most popular in Palisades Interstate Park and features a waterfall and scenic river views. This hike is difficult at times, and hiking experience is highly recommended.

Sandy Hook Hiking Trail – Gateway National Recreation AreaThis wheelchair friendly hike offers a lovely and peaceful ocean view. Take it the full 7 miles, or go as far as you want and turn back.

Schooley’s Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop Trail – Schooley’s Mountain ParkThis hike, which features a gorge and a waterfall, is sure to be beautiful without sucking up your entire day. Fans of this trail will tell you to use the falls as a backdrop for some scrapbook-worthy photos.

Stairway to Heaven Trail – Wawayanda State ParkThis hike has some difficult spots, but the waterfall along the way and scenic views from the top will make you quickly forget about the effort.

Pennsylvania

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
The Pinnacle Trail Loop Moderate 8.9 mi 1,299 ft
Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail Easy 9.3 mi 828 ft
Ricketts Glen - Lake Rose Loop/Falls Trail Moderate 3.4 mi 787 ft
Tucquan Glen Loop Trail Moderate 2.4 mi 318 ft
Pulpit Rock Moderate 3.9 mi 928 ft
Bushkill Falls Red Trail Easy 1.5 mi 452 ft
Biker-Hiker Trail Easy 2.5 mi 800 ft
Mountain Creek Trail Moderate 1.25 mi 800 ft

The Pinnacle Trail Loop – Berks County ParkThis hike along part of the Appalachian Trail could potentially take you all day, but hikers in the area rave about its views.

Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail – Fairmount ParkAlthough on the longer side, this hike’s relatively low elevation change makes it easy enough for beginners who are up for a challenge.

Ricketts Glen – Lake Rose Loop/Falls Trail – Ricketts Glen State ParkThis trail owes its popularity to the 17 waterfalls scattered along its path. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes, as the trail can be slippery, even on a dry day.

Tucquan Glen Loop Trail – Tucquan Glen Loop TrailWaterfalls and lots of wildlife await hikers who venture out on this moderately difficult trail. On a nice day, try jumping in the river to cool off in the middle of your hike.

Pulpit Rock – Berks County ParkEnjoy the views from Pulpit Rock on this trail just outside of Reading, Pennsylvania. Previous hikers recommend walking this trail counterclockwise for the best experience.

Bushikingill Falls Red Trail – Bushikingill, PAAlthough this trail has an easy rating, people with weak knees should stay away. The views and wildlife are excellent, but you’ll have to climb plenty of stairs to get there.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge – Amosland ParkThis leisurely, wheelchair friendly loop is perfect for the whole family. You’ll see plenty of wildlife without venturing too far from the city.

Biker-Hiker Trail: Pine Grove Furnace State ParkThis trail offers hikers incredible views on a winding trail that follows the route of a 1860’s-vintage South Mountain Railroad inside Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The trail also connects to a flat portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Mountain Creek Trail: Pine Grove Furnace State ParkLinking Fuller Lake and Laurel Lake, this trail saunters through wetlands and white pine forests. Visitors can enjoy heron, beaver, deer and scores of local birds. Ranges from easy to moderate because of uneven terrain and steps at the bridge.

Rhode Island

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Wolf Hill Forest Preserve Trail Moderate 4.5 mi 652 ft
Cliff Walk Moderate 7 mi 423 ft
Lincoln Woods Trail Easy 3.4 mi 380 ft
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Trail Easy 2.4 mi 78 ft

Wolf Hill Forest Preserve Trail – Smithfield, RIYou’ll get a good workout on this trail. Some parts are rocky with steep elevation changes, but moderately skilled hikers should enjoy its wildlife and lovely water views.

Cliff Walk – Newport, Rhode IslandMarvel at the famous Newport mansions and enjoy the stunning rocky Rhode Island coastline on this hike through one of the wealthiest areas of the country.

Lincoln Woods Trail – Lincoln Woods State ParkThis lightly trafficked loop has sights for fishing, swimming and picnicking, and it is easy enough for all skill levels to enjoy.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Trail – Sachuest Point National Wildlife RefugeThe main appeal of this trial is the gorgeous views of the ocean, but visitors have also reported seeing hosts of different wildlife, including migratory birds, deer and even a pack of coyotes.

Vermont

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Island Line Rail Trail Easy 14 mi 35 ft
Camel's Hump Trail Hard 6 mi 2,644 ft
Moss Glen Falls Trail Easy 2.9 mi 337 ft
Sterling Pond Trail Moderate 2.5 mi 1,066 ft
Stowe Pinnacle Trail Moderate 3.1 mi 1,591 ft

Island Line Rail Trail – Chittenden, VTThis trail has water views like no other, as it navigates the waterfront near Lake Champlain and New York’s Adirondack Mountain.

Camel’s Hump Trail – Camels Hump State ParkFor experienced hikers only, this trail offers incredible scenery from the top after some moments of steep incline and rock scrambling. Go on a clear day for the best views.

Moss Glen Falls Trail – CC Putnam State ForestVisitors have reported seeing all sorts of wildlife on this trail (including baby bears). A waterfall is the advertised reward for your 2.9 mile trek.

Sterling Pond Trail – Underhill State ParkVisit this trail, located near Jefferson, VT, in the early morning for the most peaceful experience alongside trickling water, forest wildlife and a calm, quiet lake.

Stowe Pinnacle Trail – Stowe, VTBreathtaking views from the top make this moderate trail beloved by both new and experienced hikers alike. Some moments mights be tough for beginners, so only tackle this trail if you are up for a physical challenge.


Southeast

Alabama

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Bald Rock Boardwalk Easy 0.6 mi 59 ft
Piper Interpretive Trail Easy 2.3 mi 354 ft
South Plateau Loop Trail Easy 3.5 mi 209 ft
Green Trail (Peavine Falls Trail) Moderate 1.7 mi 452 ft
Stone Cuts Trail Moderate 2.4 mi 528 ft
Lagoon Park Trail Moderate 5.3 mi 240 ft

Bald Rock Boardwalk – Lake Guntersville State ParkThis short walk to the state’s highest point is great for people with mobility challenges who don’t want to miss out on spectacular views. The boardwalk is paved the entire way, making access to the top a breeze.

Piper Interpretive Trail – Cahaba River National Wildlife RefugeThis 3.5 mile loop in Monte Sano State Park is best experienced in fall when you can enjoy the changing colors of Alabama’s mountain forests. The trail is rated as easy, but some areas may have roots or rocks, so watch your step.

South Plateau Loop Trail – Monte Sano State ParkThis 3.5 mile loop in Monte Sano State Park is best experienced in fall when you can enjoy the changing colors of Alabama’s mountain forests. The trail is rated as easy, but some areas may have roots or rocks, so watch your step.

Green Trail (Peavine Falls Trail) – Oak Mountain State ParkHike to a waterfall in Alabama’s beautiful Oak Mountain State Park on this trail. Although it is only 1.7 miles, the elevation can be steep with slippery rocks at times, so be prepared.

Stone Cuts Trail – Monte Sano State ParkClimb through large stone cuts and catch some views of the east side of Monte Santo mountain on this moderately challenging hike.

Lagoon Park TrailLocated in Montgomery’s Lagoon Park, these trails are perfect for a leisurely walk, biking with the family or a moderate hike. Enjoy 432 acres of pristine and protected wetlands rich with local wildlife.

Arkansas

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Bridal Veil Falls Easy 0.6 mi 144 ft
Seven Hallows Trail Moderate 5.5 mi 849 ft
Whitaker Point Trail Moderate 2.7 mi 429 ft
Rock Creek Trail Easy 3.2 mi 111 ft
Indian Rock House Nature Trail Moderate 2.8 mi 544 ft

Bridal Veil Falls – Hot Springs National ParkTake a short walk to see the Bridal Veil Falls while exploring Hot Springs National Park. The trail is easy but not without its share of roots and rocks, so wear good shoes for this one.

Seven Hallows Trail – Petit Jean State ParkA waterfall and stunning natural stone arches await you on this hike through Petit Jean State Park.

Whitaker Point Trail – Ozark National ForestThis hike is a must-see if you are exploring central Arizona. The view from the top overlooks Whitaker Creek and the extraordinary Ozark National Forest.

Indian Rock House Nature Trail – Buffalo River State ParkThis hike takes you to the notable Indian Rock House Cave, which once served as a bluff-dwelling for Native Americans. Be prepared for a strenuous hike at times. Newer hikers may find this one difficult.

Rock Creek Trail – Rock Creek ParkAn urban trail near Little Rock makes the perfect afternoon getaway. It is paved for easy maneuvering and a low-stress walk in the park.

Delaware

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Whitley Farms Trail Moderate 7.6 mi 820 ft
Swamp Forest Trail Easy 6.8 mi 236 ft
Lenape Loop South Middle Run National Area Moderate 4.4 mi 465 ft
Alapocas Woods Trail Easy 1.5 mi 183 ft
Walking Dunes Trail Easy 2.7 mi 85 ft
Chestnut Hill Trail Easy 3.4 mi 318 ft

Whitely Farms Trail – White Clay Creek State ParkThis trail offers some steady hills and nice forest scenery that hikers of all skill levels can enjoy. Rated as moderate for the length of the hike, which could take a leisurely hiker several hours to complete.

Swamp Forest Trail – Lums Pond State ParkThis trail is on the more difficult side of “easy,” so hikers looking for a stroll through the woods should look elsewhere. Even so, the trail features a pond and wildlife year round. Bring the dogs for this one!

Lenape Loop South Middle Run Natural Area – Middle Run Valley ParkA great forest hike that is perfect for an afternoon workout with the family or pups. This trail is perfect for trail running and training for more advanced hikes.

Alapocas Woods Trail – Alapocas Woods ParkThis short, lightly trafficked trail in Alapocas Woods Park features a waterfall and is a great spot for a quiet walk in the woods.

Walking Dunes Trail – Cape Henlopen State ParkEnjoy coastal wildlife and views of sand, dunes, marshes and oceans along this wheelchair friendly trail.

Chestnut Hill Trail – Middle Run Valley ParkAn easy trail through the forest between two creeks. Walking distance from the trail you can find the 18th century Judge Morris House, which is now a state museum.

Florida

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Pine Island East Loop Trail Moderate 3.5 mi 16 ft
Wekiwa Springs Loop Trail Easy 6.4 mi 265 ft
Little-Big Econ State Forest Moderate 9.6 mi 223 ft
Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail Moderate 7.3 mi 45 ft
Shark Valley Trail Easy 15.8 mi 22 ft
Lettuce Lake Regional Park Loop Trail Easy 1.2 mi 13 ft
Belleview-Santos Trailhead Easy 4.4 mi 183 ft

Pine Island East Loop Trail – Shingle CreekVisitors to urban Orlando can take a short break from city life and experience the initial headwaters of the Everglades. If you’re not up for a hike, rent a kayak at the park for a different adventure.

Wekiwa Springs Loop Trail – Wekiwa Springs State ParkFlorida is famous for its flat land, which makes hiking in the state great for people with bad joints or mobility issues. This hike is good for all skill levels.

Little Big Econ State Forest Trail – Little Big Econ State ForestHiking, trail running and mountain biking are all options on this popular river trail in the Little Big Econ State Forest. Deer, otter, bobcats, foxes and wild turkeys have all been spotted here.

Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail – Sanford, FloridaThis swampy trail has scenic views throughout, so feel free to cut it short if you aren’t up for the whole loop. It is rated moderate because of the length, but it is a very flat, accessible trail overall.

Shark Valley Trail – Everglades National ParkThis trail is long, but the midpoint observation tower is a must-see in South Florida. Take a bike or the tram tour if you aren’t up for the full hike.

Lettuce Lake Regional Park Loop Trail – Lettuce Lake Regional ParkShort, scenic and wheelchair accessible, this hike is perfect for the early mornings when you can catch a peaceful glimpse of the local waterfowl before the crowds arrive.

Belleview-Santos Trailhead – Ocala, FloridaThis trail near Ocala, Florida is great for trail running and mountain biking for people who aren’t looking for steep inclines. All skill levels welcome.

Georgia

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Raven Cliff Falls Moderate 4.8 mi 669 ft
Blood Mountain and Freeman Loop Trail Hard 6.1 mi 1,758 ft
Mount Yonah Trail Hard 4.2 mi 1,519 ft
Vickery Creek Trail Moderate 3.6 mi 465 ft
Anna Ruby Falls Trail Easy 0.8 mi 282 ft
Tallulah Gorge and North and South Rim Loop Trail Easy 1.2 mi 488 ft
Dukes Creek Trail Easy 2.3 mi 370 ft

Raven Cliff Falls – Chattahoochee National ForestOne of the top rated trails in Chattahoochee National Forest, this hike features a waterfall and lots of spots by the water to get in if you need to cool down.

Blood Mountain and Freeman Loop Trail – Vogel State ParkThe incline on this trail makes it strenuous for unprepared hikers, but the scenery and views from the top make it popular among visitors to the Vogel State Park. Be sure to bring a camera for the summit.

Mount Yonah Trail – White County ParkYou’re sure to get a great workout on this hike with 1,519 ft of elevation in 4.2 miles. The views from the top of this stunning trail will satisfy even the most experienced mountain hikers.

Vickery Creek Trail – Chattahoochee National River National Recreation AreaA great trail for an afternoon hike on a hot day. Enjoy the waterfall and find spots to veer off and take cool-down breaks in the creek.

Anna Ruby Falls Trail – Unicoi State ParkThis quick trek to Anna Ruby falls is more of a walk than a hike. The trail is wheelchair accessible and perfect for a quick getaway that won’t put stress on your body.

Tallulah Gorge and North and South Rim Loop Trail – Tallulah Gorge State ParkThis trail features a gorge, waterfall and a swinging bridge that make for some amazing mountain scenery. The hike is short but there are lots of stairs, so hikers with bad knees be warned.

Dukes Creek Trail – Smithgall Woods Dukes Creek Conservation AreaThis easy trail is a short trek to a waterfall that won’t take up your whole day. Stop and enjoy the view at the observation decks near the falls before heading back.

Kentucky

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail Moderate 3.3 mi 1,473 ft
Dog Slaughter Falls Trail Moderate 2.2 mi 295 ft
Grays Arch Loop Trail Hard 3 mi 813 ft
Eagle Falls Trail Hard 1.9 mi 731 ft
McConnell Springs Trail Easy 0.6 mi 22 ft
Chimney Top Trail Easy 0.6 mi 157 ft
Aubury Trails Moderate 1.7 mi 623 ft

Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail – Natural Bridge State ParkThis trail is the most popular trail for hiking to the natural bridge near Slade, Kentucky. This beautiful trail offers great views, but get there early to beat the crowds.

Dog Slaughter Falls Trail – Cumberland Falls State ParkStunning views, rock formations and a waterfall are all included in this short 2.2 mile hike. A bit of steep elevation earned this trail its moderate rating.

Grays Arch Loop Trail – Daniel Boone National ForestThis trail is the most popular trail in the well-known Daniel Boone National Forest. It features natural landmarks (including arches and rock formations) and picture-perfect views from the bluffs.

Eagle Falls Trail – Cumberland Falls State ParkThe incline on this trail makes it difficult, even though the trail itself if fairly short. Wear good shoes and take it slow to avoid any slips on the rocks.

McConnell Springs Trail – McConnell Springs TrailThis wheelchair friendly loop is perfect for a quick break from city life to enjoy the spring-made lake and view some local wildlife.

Chimney Top Trail – Daniel Boone National ForestThis asphalt and gravel trail is wheelchair friendly and offers a full view of the Daniel Boone National Forest from the peak. Great for those who want a scenic view but can’t do heavy hiking.

Asbury Trails – Wilmore KentuckyCheck out the caves and rock wall along this trail. Dogs are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash!

Louisiana

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Lake Chicot Loop Trail Moderate 18 mi 1,190 ft
Comite Park Trail Moderate 4.9 mi 131 ft
Jean Lafitte National Park Barataria Trail Easy 4 mi 29 ft
Fountainbleau State Park Easy 4 mi 75 ft
Bouge Chitto State Park Gorge Run Trail Easy 6.2 mi 400 ft
Backbone Trail Moderate 9.9 mi 872 ft

Lake Chicot Loop Trail – Chicot State ParkThis trail is a mystifying trek through the Louisiana swamp. Take it for as long as you want and then turn around, unless you are determined to make the full 18 mile loop.

Comite Park Trail – Comite River ParkThis hike is close to Baton Rouge and is great for an afternoon hiking or biking through the swampy Louisiana forests. Watch out for snakes!

Jean Lafitte National Park Barataria Trail – Jean Lafittle National Historical Park and PreserveYou might just spot an alligator on this short boardwalk trail. Wheelchair friendly and full of local wildlife, this trail is perfect for the whole family.

Fountainbleau State Park – Fontainbleau State ParkThis 2,800-acre state park on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain is a great place to find spots for hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing and kayaking.This trail is easy enough for all skill levels and offers excellent water and wildlife views.

Bouge Chitto State Park Gorge Run Trail – Bouge Chitto State ParkThis trail is a little long but great for beginners and families. You’ll need bug spray for this muggy Louisiana hike, but you’ll love the views and wildlife throughout.

Backbone Trail – Kisatchie National ForestExperience the best of the Kisatchie National Forest on this 9.9 mile loop through the woods. Plan your hike around seasonal azalea blooms for the best views the trail has to offer.

Maryland

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Billy Goat Loop Trail Hard 7.3 mi 413 ft
Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail Moderate 6.1 mi 1,679 ft
Annapolis Rock Trail Moderate 4.8 mi 875 ft
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail Easy 4.7 mi 508 ft
Cascade Falls Loop Trail Easy 2.4 mi 367 ft
Catocin Mountain Extended Loop Trail Hard 8.6 mi 1,843 ft
White Trail Moderate 3.1 mi 780 ft

Billy Goat Loop Trail – Great Falls ParkThis trail is only recommended for people with hiking experience. Reaching the peak is sure to be satisfying. Don’t forget your camera for the views.

Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail – Sugarloaf Mountain Natural AreaSome hiking experience is recommended on this trail due to the heavy incline at times. Experience some of the best views Sugarloaf Mountain has to offer at the peak.

Annapolis Rock Trail – South Mountain State ParkThis trail leads you to Annapolis Rock, and the view from the top is truly remarkable. Feel free to bring your dog with you on this hike.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail – Susquehanna State ParkThis wide trail offers scenic views of the Susquehanna River. It is a great spot for mountain biking, trail running and wildlife observation.

Cascade Falls Loop Trail – Patapsco Valley State ParkEnjoy the waterfall after this short but meaningful hike in Patapsco Valley State Park. You’ll feel the burn after this one!

Catocin Mountain Extended Loop Trail – Catocin Mountain ParkA difficult yet popular hike in Catoctin Mountain Park. The vistas from the overlooks keep hikers coming back to this trek over and over again.

White Trail – Rocks State ParkThe view from the King and Queen’s Seat is what makes this trail the best in the area. Get there early to avoid the crowds at this popular spot.

Mississippi

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Bear Creek Outcropping Trail Moderate 3.6 mi 403 ft
Clark Creek Primitive Moderate 4.3 mi 1,112 ft
Tuxachinie Trail Easy 5.3 mi 252 ft
Clark Creek Improved Trail Moderate 4.1 mi 728 ft
Fountainbleau Nature Trail Easy 1.7 mi 91 ft

Bear Creek Outcropping Trail – Tishomingo State ParkThis trail features a waterfall and welcomes dogs on leashes. There are several views of the Appalachian foothills and large rock formations. The trail begins with a 200 foot swinging bridge.

Clark Creek Primitive Trail – Clark Creek Natural AreaThis trail isn’t heavily trafficked and is best enjoyed from March through October. There is a $4.00 per vehicle charge, +$1.00 per person for more than two people, so bring cash. There are stairs at several waterfalls and at steep points in the trail, as well as resting benches.

Tuxachinie Trail – De Soto National ForestThe trail features a lake, and some low spots on the trail may be wet. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting a little wet or dirty. Located near a P.O.W. Recreation Area and the Airey Lake Campground.

Clark Creek Improved Trail – Woodville, MississippiThis trail features a beautiful waterfall. Dogs are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash. The trail is wide, well kept and is an easy walk in and out, but it’s heavily trafficked.

Fountainbleau Nature Trail – Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife RefugeDogs on leashes are welcome on the trail. The majority of the trail is a loop that passes by a small river. Wheelchair access is available to the first overlook onto Davis Bayou.

North Carolina

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Triple Falls Trail Easy 2.3 mi 449 ft
Catawba Falls Trail Easy 2.1 mi 328 ft
Crabtree Falls Trail Moderate 2.7 mi 656 ft
Max Patch Loop via Appalacian Trail Easy 1.5 mi 331 ft
Hanging Rock Trail Moderate 2.5 mi 659 ft
Toms Creek Falls Trail Easy 0.7 mi 98 ft
Graveyard Fields Trail Moderate 3 mi 423 ft

Triple Falls Trail – Dupont State ForestOne third of a mile up the trail, you’ll find a scenic view of Triple Falls. One trail will take you to the middle of the falls but should be treated with caution as the stairs will likely be wet. Around the one mile marker, stay left to continue down to the base of High Falls. You can cross the base and hike further up the trail for excellent views.

Catawba Falls Trail – Pisgah National ForestLocated near Old Fort, NC, this trail features a waterfall and is great for dogs as there are multiple places on the trail with creek access. Arrive early to avoid the crowds.

Crabtree Falls Trail – Blue Ridge ParkwayThis moderately trafficked loop near Marion, NC features stunning waterfalls after a challenging but doable hike. Bring the dogs and family to this one.

Max Patch Loop via Appalachian Trail – Pisgah National ForestThis loop near Hot Springs, NC is a beautiful, treeless stroll through rolling hills. Enjoy a 360 degree view of North Carolina, Tennessee and Mt. Mitchell on this trail.

Hanging Rock Trail – Hanging Rock State ParkThis moderate trail is popular among locals and tourists alike for its stunning views of the Western North Carolina mountains. There are plenty of stone steps leading up to the peak, so avoid this one if stairs are difficult for you.

Toms Creek Falls Trail – Pisgah National ForestYou can walk right up to the 100 ft waterfall at the middle of this trail. The water is shallow at the base, but it is perfect for pets to wade in. As a bonus, this leisurely path is wheelchair friendly.

Graveyard Fields Trail – Pisgah National ForestThis quick afternoon hike to a waterfall is perfect for trail running and mountain biking as well as hiking.

South Carolina

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Yellow Branch Falls Trail Easy 3.5 mi 744 ft
Palmetto Trail to Falls Moderate 2.6 mi 770 ft
Peachtree Rock Easy 2.4 mi 265 ft
Raven Cliff Falls Trail Moderate 3.7 mi 889 ft
Musgrove Mill Horseshoe Falls Trail Easy 1.7 mi 193 ft

Yellow Branch Falls Trail – Oconee State ParkThis trail is perfect for beginners who want a scenic hike without feeling too tired at the end. Bring the whole family (dogs too!) on this lovely hike.

Palmetto Trail to Falls – Table Rock State ParkThis moderately difficult hike includes a river, boulder field and waterfall for you to enjoy. The trail is close to Pickens, South Carolina.

Peachtree Rock – Lexington, SCLoved for its unique and impressive rock formations, this trail is often sparsely populated and perfect for a scenic getaway. All skill levels will enjoy this hike.

Raven Cliff Falls Trail – Caesar’s Head State ParkIf you love chasing waterfalls, you’ll enjoy this moderate trail to Raven Cliff Falls. It’s accessibility and scenic views make it one of the more popular trails in Caesar’s Head State Park.

Musgrove Mill Horseshoe Falls Trail – Musgrove Mill State Historic SiteThis beautiful trail to a waterfall has historical markers throughout for anybody interested in learning more about the area. The beginning of the trail is paved with wheelchair access to an overlook of the falls.

Tennessee

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Grotto Falls Trail Easy 2.6 mi 551 ft
Abrams Falls Trail Moderate 6.8 mi 905 ft
Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte Hard 10.3 mi 2,965 ft
Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Trail Moderate 1.3 mi 334 ft
Laurel Falls Trail Easy 2.4 mi 456 ft

Grotto Falls Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThis hike through the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains takes you right underneath Grotto Falls. It is easy and fairly quick, making it a special adventure for hikers of any skill level.

Abrams Falls Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National ParkAbrams Falls is a stunning 25 ft waterfall over a rocky cliff, making this hike an obvious favorite with locals and visitors to Great Smoky Mountains.

Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte – Great Smoky Mountains National ParkOf all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Alum Cave Trail is one of the most beloved. The views from the bluffs and at the summit are breathtaking. If you have hiking poles, you are going to want to bring them on this all-day hike.

Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThis just-over-a-mile walk to the Clingmans Dome Observation tower is a must for anyone unwilling to make the trek up a nearby mountain. The Dome is the highest point in Tennessee and offers phenomenal 360-degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Laurel Falls Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThis waterfall hike is an easy hike accessible for the whole family. At 2.4 miles, it will make you feel active without taking up your entire day. Get there early for the best parking.

Virginia

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Bluemont Junction Trail Easy 1.3 mi 50 ft
Crabtree Falls Trail Moderate 2.8 mi 1,141 ft
Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail Easy 2.5 mi 337 ft
McAfee Knob via App Trail Moderate 7.7 mi 2,017 ft
Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail Hard 9 mi 2,493 ft

Bluemont Junction Trail – Arlington, VAA general-use paved trail best experienced as fall colors begin to take over the trees. It is best for biking and walking and is wheelchair accessible.

Crabtree Falls Trail – George Washington National ForestThis trail is one of the most visited in George Washington National Forest due to its amazing waterfall views and satisfyingly difficult incline. Don’t attempt this one unless you’re comfortable with a good amount of climbing.

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Trail – Dranesville District ParkAn easy trail with a big reward. A quick 2.5 mile loop takes you past a waterfall and old building ruins. If you are a fan of wildflowers, this trail’s unique array will be sure to impress you.

McAfee Knob via App Trail – Salem, VAPictures can’t do justice to the vistas you’ll see from the top of this trail. The only downside is this trail can get crowded sometimes, so get there early to snag the best parking.

Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail – Shenandoah National ParkThis trail is widely considered to be the best trail in Shenandoah National Park. The views are so good you’ll think you’ve reached the summit several times before you make it to the top. Best for experienced hikers only.

West Virginia

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Caperton Trail Easy 6 mi 223 ft
Seneca Rocks Trail Easy 3.4 mi 843 ft
Maryland Heights Loop Moderate 6.3 mi 1,633 ft
Blackwater Falls Easy 0.7 mi 167 ft

Caperton Trail – Morgantown, WVThis paved trail takes you on a scenic hike through central Morgantown and along the Monongahela River. Perfect for dogs, wheelchairs and small children. Bring the whole family!

Seneca Rocks Trail – Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks National Recreation AreaThis hike is a popular hike for couples. The views from the top are hopelessly romantic and will make a beautiful memory for you and your significant other.

Maryland Heights Loop – Harpers Ferry National Historical ParkThis hike is beautiful and historic, complete with a scenic overlook of Harper’s Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and civil war fortifications along the way.

Blackwater Falls – Blackwater Falls State ParkEven inexperienced hikers will enjoy this easy trail that boasts magnificent views of Blackwater Canyon valley. Blackwater cabins, lodge and restaurant are open year round for visitors to enjoy.


Midwest

Idaho

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail Moderate 2.5 mi 695 ft
Tubbs Hill Easy 2.4 mi 482 ft
Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake Moderate 8.9 mi 1,811 ft
Idaho Falls Greenbelt Loop Easy 5.3 mi 206 ft
Revett Lake Easy 4.8 mi 846 ft

Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail – Coeur d’Alene National ForestThis hike is perfect for a quick workout with a stunning view of Lake Coeur d’Alene. It is rated as moderate, but in-shape hikers should have no problem reaching the top.

Tubbs Hill – Tubbs Hill ParkThis trail located near Coeur d’Alene is a comfortable stroll along the water with scenic beaches to stop and enjoy the water along the way. If you find yourself wanting more of a challenge, there are more difficult trails easily accessed nearby.

Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake – Sawtooth National ForestSawtooth Lake is one of the most jaw-dropping sights to experience in Sawtooth National Forest, which explains why this trail is so beloved by park visitors.

Idaho Falls Greenbelt Loop – Tautphaus ParkThis wheelchair-friendly waterfall trail is a popular loop that can get crowded in the summer months. This is a great trail for the whole family. Get there early to avoid the crowds.

Revett Lake – Coeur d’Alene National ForestThis lake trail is easy enough for inexperienced hikers and small children, as opposed to some of the steeper hikes in the area.

Iowa

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
The Chute and Heritage Trail Loop Easy 2.3 mi 606 ft
Wabash Trace Nature Trail Easy 62.4 mi 1,984 ft
Canyon Road and Crows Nest Loop Trail Moderate 2.2 mi 672 ft
Wildcat Den Trail Moderate 4 mi 603 ft
Coralville Reservoir Woodpecker Trail Moderate 3.6 mi 305 ft
Brown's Woods Trail Moderate 3.2 mi 269 ft

The Chute and Heritage Trail Loop – Hitchcock Nature AreaExperience the best of Iowa’s rolling landscape on this picturesque loop. For hikers that want more of an adventure, there are opportunities for camping nearby.

Wabash Trace Nature Trail – Iowa West Foundation Trailhead ParkThis point-to-point trail spans 62.4 miles in total, but try conquering a few miles one afternoon for an active day trip. This rail trail is both paved and gravel, so it is easy on the joints and wheelchair friendly.

Canyon Road and Crows Nest Loop Trail – Ledges State ParkThis popular hike in Ledges State Park is best experienced as the leaves start to fall, which opens up the views from overlook areas. This trail has stairs, so weak knees be warned.

Wildcat Den Trail – Wildcat Den State ParkThis trail features some incredible bluffs and rock outcroppings, making it one of the most unique trails in central Iowa. Historical buildings along the trail add an element of nostalgia to this already picturesque hike.

Coralville Reservoir Woodpecker Trail – Coralville Dam Recreational AreaSnag some gorgeous river views on this well-maintained trail that is easy enough for new hikers without boring the more experienced crowd.

Brown’s Woods Trail – West Des Moines, IowaThis forest trail near West Des Moines is the perfect place to spend the afternoon without traveling too far from the city.

Illinois

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail Moderate 4.4 mi 567 ft
Little Grand Canyon Trail Moderate 3 mi 597 ft
Garden of the Gods Observation Trail Easy 0.5 mi 36 ft
Ferne Cliff Waterfall Trail Easy 2.1 mi 364 ft
Waterfall Glen Trail Moderate 9.5 mi 561 ft
Salt Lick Point Trail Hard 2.9 mi 534 ft

Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail – Starved Rock State ParkAccessible year round, this trail allows leashed dogs and offers a number of different outdoor activities. Head for the outcropping that overlooks the river valley for the chance to spot an eagle.

Little Grand Canyon Trail – Shawnee National ForestThis trail features a waterfall and is open all year long. Dogs on leashes are welcome. The trail isn’t heavily trafficked, but it is listed as moderate-to-difficult.

Garden of the Gods Observation Trail – Shawnee National ForestThis trail isn’t long, but it offers a number of outdoor activities and is open year-round. Here you can observe unique sandstone formations and wide vistas of the Garden of the Gods Wilderness. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash.

Ferne Clyffe Waterfall Trail – Shawnee Purchase UnitThis trail features a beautiful waterfall and is well-suited to hikers of any ability. It’s best if you visit between March and October, and dogs are welcome if they’re on a leash.

Waterfall Glen Trail – Waterfall Glen Forest ReserveThis lengthy hike is rated as moderate and is dog-friendly, as long as you bring your furry friend on a leash. There are a number of featured activities available, as well as a waterfall.

Salt Lick Point Trail – Valmeyer, IllinoisThis trail should be visited by experienced hikers and features a steep incline near the beginning of the trail. Beautiful wildflowers are visible from the trail, and leashed dogs are welcome.

Indiana

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Clifty Falls State Park Loop Trail Moderate 5 mi 1,213 ft
Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail Easy 1.2 mi 180 ft
Peninsula Trail Hard 9.9 mi 1,253 ft
Three Lakes Trail Hard 9.5 mi 1,269 ft
Red Trail Moderate 5.1 mi 364 ft
DuPauw Nature Trail Easy 3.9 mi 203 ft
Mason Ridge Trail Easy 2.8 mi 308 ft

Clifty Falls State Park Loop Trail – Clifty FallsThis trail features a number of different sites and activities, including a lookout tower and waterfalls. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept on a leash.

Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail – Hoosier National ForestThis unique trail features a hike through a canyon surrounded by hemlock and oak forests, a large stone house and a waterfall. You can camp and hike here all year round, and dogs are welcome if they are on a leash.

Peninsula Trail – Charles C. Deam WildernessThis trail follows out to beautiful Monroe Lake, where you can camp, explore and swim. Dogs and horses are welcome on the trail, which is open throughout the year.

Three Lakes Trail – Morgan Monroe State ForestThis loop trail connects three lakes, which makes for beautiful views. Dogs are welcome on the trail but must be kept on a leash. The trail is open all year long.

Red Trail – Eagle Creek ParkLocated near Indianapolis, this trail allows you to escape to a completely different world than that of the city. With lots of lakeside and creekside access, there are a number of different activities you can enjoy year-round. Dogs are welcome on a leash.

DePauw Nature Trail – DePauw Nature ParkThis trail is open year-round and features expansive views and a lake. Dogs are welcome. People consider the DePauw Nature Park to be one of the best nature parks in Indiana.

Mason Ridge Trail – Morgan Monroe State ForestThis loop trail is great for hikers of all skill levels, including children and older adults. Dogs are welcome on the trail but must be kept on a leash. There are opportunities to see wildlife, so enjoy the easier trail and keep your eyes up.

Kansas

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Ironwood Park Walking Trail Easy 1.9 mi 157 ft
Shawnee Mission Park Orange, Violet and Red Trail Moderate 7 mi 652 ft
Elk River Hiking Trail Moderate 14.1 mi 1,312 ft
Wyandotte County Lake Loop Trail Moderate 9.2 mi 1,630 ft
Kill Creek Park Trail Easy 3.5 mi 272 ft
Konza Prarie Kings Creek Loop Trail Moderate 4.7 mi 485 ft

Ironwood Park Walking Trail – Overland Park, KansasThis trail is well-maintained and features lots of sun exposure, so pack your sunblock! It’s accessible throughout the year and is dog-friendly. The park also features a nature center.

Shawnee Mission Park Orange, Violet and Red Trail – Shawnee Mission ParkThe park features three biking and hiking trails. The Violet trail is for more experienced hikers, and the Orange trail is better for intermediate hikers and bikers. Dogs and horses are welcome, and the trail features a lake where kayaks can be rented.

Elk River Hiking Trail – Elk City State ParkThis trail is located on Elk City Lake and features campsites along the entire trail. Enjoy wide views of a number of limestone bluffs and narrow canyons cutting through tall overhangs of rock. The trail is open all year and dogs are welcome if kept on a leash.

Wyandotte County Lake Loop Trail – Wyandotte County ParkDogs and horses are welcome on this loop trail around Wyandotte County Lake and isn’t far outside of Kansas City. With a moderate difficulty rating and a number of available activities, this is a great spot for any outdoor adventurer.

Kill Creek Park Trail – Kill Creek ParkThe area features a paved trail with smaller off-road trails along the way. If you leave the paved trail, be sure to check yourself for ticks, as you should after any walk in a wooded area. The trail is open all year, and dogs on leashes are welcome.

Konza Prairie Kings Creek Loop Trail – Konza Prairie Natural AreaThis trail is lined with beautiful trees and follows along Kings Creek before turning off into prairie land that was once part of Dewey Ranch. Buffalo still roam on this prairie. Grab a trail guide at the trailhead to learn more about the Flint hills as you pass through.

Michigan

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Paint Creek Trail Easy 18.7 mi 462 ft
Novi North Park (Tree Farm) Trail Easy 7.6 mi 367 ft
Highland Recreational Area Hard 6.1 mi 784 ft
Pictured Rocks Moderate 7.4 mi 524 ft
Escarpment Trail Moderate 4.3 mi
North Country Trail-Marquette to Little Presque Isle Easy 4 mi
Mackinac Island - Perimeter Loop Moderate 8 mi

Paint Creek Trail – Bloomer ParkThis trail is great for hikers of any skill level and is open all year. It’s a great trail for dogs, as long as they are kept on a leash.

Novi North Park (Tree Farm) Trail – Lakeshore ParkThis dog-friendly trail is best visited between March and October. It features beautiful views of a lake, space for mountain biking and parking located conveniently near the trail head.

Highland Recreation Area – Highland Recreation AreaThis is a loop trail that is rated difficult and is open all year. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash. This is also a popular trail for mountain bikers. If you’re up for a challenge, try the difficult climb up to Ford Country Home.

Pictured Rocks – Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreThis point-to-point trail hugs the coast of Lake Superior and offers stunning views. Past hikers recommend avoiding the trail during early June, when a heavy concentration of flies visit the area. Early May or July are prime times to enjoy everything this moderate trail has to offer.

Escarpment Trail – Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State ParkThis moderate trail includes sections of ridgeline along the Lake of Clouds, making it one of the most scenic and most popular areas in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park. Dogs are welcome if they are kept on a leash, and many hikers enjoy bird watching along with the expansive views of the lake.

North Country Trail Marquette to Little Presque Isle – Marquette, MIThis trail is only a 15 minute drive from Marquette and offers expansive views from mountain tops and picnic areas on the shores of Lake Superior. Enjoy a wide array of wildlife during your trip.

Mackinac Island – Perimeter Loop – Mackinac Island, MIEnjoy this unique location by taking the full perimeter loop trail around the island. There are also numerous additional paths for inner-island adventures, and the old Fort Holmes battlements have been preserved for visitors to experience a piece of history.

Minnesota

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Gooseberry Falls State Park Trail Easy 3 mi 351 ft
Afton Park Trail Moderate 8.6 mi 1,118 ft
Pike Island Loop Easy 3.7 mi 95 ft
Whitewater State Park Dakota Trails Loop Moderate 3.9 mi 1,125 ft
Saint Croix River Trail Easy 2.5 mi 324 ft

Gooseberry Falls State Park Trail – Gooseberry Falls State ParkFive waterfalls greet hikers of Gooseberry Falls and a number of signs along the way teach the geological history of the area. There’s a shorter, paved route to the falls along with a longer more rugged way to get there, giving hikers of all skill levels an option.

Afton Park Trail – Afton State ParkThis trail is heavily trafficked and has plenty of activity options. Wildflowers dot the scenery during the daytime while deer sightings are commonplace in the sunset hours.

Pike Island Loop – Fort Snelling State ParkGreat for metro dwellers who want a quick and easy escape from the city. Take a stroll along the shore of the Mississippi River for half the journey and do the same along the Minnesota River for the other half of this loop trail.

Whitewater State Park Dakota Trails Loop – Whitewater State ParkThe dolomite cliffs, trout streams and hardwood forests of Whitewater State Park are on full display on the Dakota Trails Loop. Climbing the stairs to the top of the Elba Fire Tower offers a bonus view.

Saint Croix River Trail – Interstate State ParkThis out and back trail follows the Saint Croix River and while generally considered easy, does offer plenty of up-and-down terrain and some tall staircases. A loop provides an option for those looking to either shorten or lengthen their hike.

Missouri

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Lewis and Clark Trail - Lewis Trail Moderate 7.4 mi 1,204 ft
River Scene Trail Loop Easy 3.2 mi 291 ft
Lone Wolf Trail Easy 1.8 mi 265 ft
White Tail Trail Easy 3 mi 383 ft
Pickle Springs Natural Area Moderate 1.9 mi 341 ft
Engine House Ruins Trail Easy 1.5 mi

Lewis and Clark Trail (Lewis Trail) – Weldon Spring Conservation AreaThree sections of this trail offer short spurs to capture stunning views of the Missouri River from a set of bluffs. You may even encounter a creek crossing during times of wet weather.

River Scene Trail Loop – Castlewood State ParkEnjoy the view from the top of the Meramec River before traversing a wooden staircase to the valley below. This three-mile trail is friendly for kids, dogs, mountain bikes and horseback riders.

Lone Wolf Trail – Castlewood State ParkStart atop some fern-covered bluffs before making your way into the Kiefer Creek valley and then follow the south bank of the creek. The trail is named after a speakeasy that originated in the area.

White Tail Trail – White Alloe Creek ConservationSet in an urban forest, hikers are taken up a steep hillside climb before coming back down an old logging road. Deer and other wildlife sightings are very much a part of this trek.

Pickle Springs Natural Area – Pickle Springs Natural AreaUnique rock outcroppings, shallow caves and waterfalls define this trail, which was named a National Natural Landmark in 1974.

Engine House Ruins Trail – Elephant Rocks State ParkGreat for all skill levels, this trail leads you to the ruins of a 19th century engine house, a lake and an old granite quarry. The trail is popular and well-traveled, particularly in the summer.

Montana

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Avalanche Lake via the Trail of the Cedars Moderate 5.8 mi 872 ft
Lava Lake (Cascade Creek) Trail Moderate 4.9 mi 1,643 ft
Ousel Falls Park Trail Easy 1.6 mi 469 ft
St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail Easy 3.1 mi 518 ft
Iceberg Lake Trail Moderate 9.6 mi 1,702 ft
Trail of the Cedars Easy 0.9 mi 62 ft
Palisade Falls Easy 1.1 mi 285 ft

Avalanche Lake via the Trail of the Cedars – Glacier National ParkA gradual climb takes hikers among old growth cedar trees, an often powerful stream and a lake fed by glacial waterfalls that keeps the area’s temperatures cool in the summer. A wide diversity of plant and animal life call this trail and its surroundings home.

Lava Lake (Cascade Creek) Trail – Gallatin National ForestHikers will experience an elevation change of some 1,600 feet within the first three miles of this trail while canvassing the Cascade Canyon on the way to Lava Lake. The spot is known as a good fishing hole so remember to pack a pole.

Ousel Falls Park Trail – Gallatin National ForestShort, easy and typically lightly-trafficked, this trail is good for children and older adults. A waterfall offers a nice place to rest with a snack.

St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail – Glacier National ParkThis out and back trail features a pair of waterfalls. Insiders will encourage you to hike all the way to the second one for a majestic view and cool misting spray that is worth the extra mile.

Iceberg Lake Trail – Glacier National ParkA longer out and back trail located in Glacier National Park has a steep start and stop area and is well-known for grizzly bear activity. A waterfall and lake set the table for an abundance of panoramic views.

Trail of the Cedars – Glacier National ParkBeautiful wildflowers line this short and well-maintained trail located near West Glacier that includes a boardwalk.

Palisade Falls – Gallatin National ForestThe stunning waterfall and easy hike combine to offer a large reward for very little work. A good choice for family outings.

Nebraska

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Platte River State Park Trails Moderate 5.1 mi 1,085 ft
Indian Cave Trail Moderate 3.1 mi 452 ft
Schramm Park National Recreation Trail Easy 1.3 mi 269 ft
Fontenelle Forest Trails Easy 2.3 mi 465 ft
Ponca State Park Trails Moderate 5.1 mi 1,220 ft

Platte River State Park Trails – Platte River State ParkThis slightly more challenging trail follows the Platte River for the bulk of the journey and peaks with a waterfall. The trail is not known to be particularly well-marked so bring along a map just in case.

Indian Cave Trail – Indian Cave State ParkThe Indian Cave Trail intertwines with others inside the state park, meaning hikers can enjoy a few different combinations. History is abundant in the form of an old cemetery and Native American cave.

Schramm Park National Recreation Trail – Schramm Park State Recreational AreaThree interlocking loops make for different options that include a backcountry trail, one with a picnic area, adirondack shelters and a suspension bridge. This trail is especially scenic in the fall.

Fontenelle Forest Trails – Bellevue, NebraskaWith a reputation as the hidden gem of the Omaha metro area, this trail makes two passes over a river where beaver and even bald eagle sightings are not uncommon.

Ponca State Park Trails – Ponca State ParkThis is one of more than 20 miles of trails set among rolling timber and grass hills. A view of the Missouri and Niobrara rivers along with abundant wildlife offer plenty of scenery.

North Dakota

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Painted Canyon Nature Trail Easy 1.1 mi 275 ft
Petrified Forest Trail Easy 10.3 mi 1,082 ft
Wild Canyon Trail Easy 0.5 mi 85 ft
Lower Paddock Creek Trail Moderate 7.2 mi 675 ft

Painted Canyon Nature Trail – Theodore Roosevelt National ParkThis is an easy, short trail that is great for beginners and families. Hikers note that there is little shade to be had, so be sure to pack plenty of water and take breaks as needed. The eastern access point leads to Painted Canyon trail. Dogs are not permitted on this trail.

Petrified Forest Trail – Theodore Roosevelt National ParkThis 10.3 mile trail leads hikers up through the Petrified Forest and the Prairie Grasslands and down to the Badlands. Although this trail does have some steep parts, it is still good for people of all skill levels.

Wild Canyon Trail – Theodore Roosevelt National ParkThis trail leads up to Wild Canyon and then loops back down for a short, easy hike. Hikers will also enjoy a beautiful view of the Little Missouri River.

Lower Paddock Creek Trail – Theodore Roosevelt National ParkHorses, prairie dogs and buffalo are often spotted along Lower Paddock Creek Trail, so hikers looking to see wildlife will love this trail. Set up camp or continue on to the many stream crossings that mark this area.

Ohio

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Ledges Trail Easy 2.7 mi 223 ft
Standford House to Brandywine Falls Trail Moderate 4 mi 580 ft
Brandywine Gorge Trail Moderate 1.7 mi 239 ft
Dripping Rock Overlook and Big Meadows Loop Easy 6 mi 492 ft
Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail Easy 31.2 mi 649 ft
Blue Hen to Buttermilk Falls Moderate 1.6 mi 200 ft

Ledges Trail – Cuyahoga Valley National ParkThis trail is mostly flat until you come to the ledges. Hikers should beware of rocky terrain and tricky footing in parts. Be sure to check out the icebox cave!

Standford House to Brandywine Falls Trail – Cuyahoga Valley National ParkThis trail is rated as moderate because of its many inclines and stairs. At the halfway mark, hikers can rest and swim at the first set of falls. Hikers who wish to make the entire four mile journey to the top will finish at the main falls.

Brandywine Gorge Trail – Cuyahoga Valley National ParkThis trail is mostly uphill towards the end, which may make it a strenuous hike for beginners. Hikers who make it to the end are rewarded with a majestic waterfall view. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash.

Dripping Rock Overlook and Big Meadows Loop – Highbanks Metropolitan ParkThis kid-friendly trail located in the Columbus metro area is marked with beautiful foliage, hills and meadows. We recommend hitting the Overlook Trail to eagle watch and take in breathtaking views of the river.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail – Cuyahoga Valley National ParkMainly used for walking, hiking and biking, this scenic trail is great for people of all skill levels. Along the way, there are several visitor centers and markers that explain the history of the canal.

Blue Hen to Buttermilk Falls – Cuyahoga Valley National ParkThis short hike has amazing views and waterfall to help hikers cool off during hot months. In the winter, the rock walls near the falls sometimes turn to ice. No matter what time of year you go, this trail will not disappoint.

South Dakota

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Black Elk Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail Moderate 7.1 mi 1,630 ft
Little Devils Tower Spur Trail Moderate 3.8 mi 826 ft
Presidential Trail Easy 0.6 mi 118 ft
Notch Trail Easy 1.3 mi 173 ft
The Door Trail Easy 0.9 mi 22 ft
Lover's Leap Trail Moderate 4 mi 695 ft
Lake Sylvan Trail Easy 1.1 mi 98 ft

Black Elk Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail – Black Hills National ForestThis trail is marked by granite towers that rise out of the hills, making it a unique experience for hikers and geology enthusiasts alike. This trail is accessible year-round and features numerous activity options, including horseback riding, hiking and trail running. At the top, hikers have the option to explore a historic stone fire tower.

Little Devils Tower Spur Trail – Custer State ParkAlthough this trail is rated as moderate, some hikers may find it difficult because the route is mainly uphill and there is a bit of rock climbing required at the end. From the peak, visitors are met with a beautiful view. Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash.

Presidential Trail – Mount Rushmore National MemorialThis easy hike provides a wonderful view of Mount Rushmore and is great for the whole family. But parents with strollers beware: there are a lot of steps to climb. This trail is best used from March to November.

Notch Trail – Badlands National ParkAlthough this trail is rated as easy, it has tricky footing in some areas and requires a little bit of climbing (there is a sturdy ladder for hikers to utilize). The end of the trail has two overlooks with breathtaking views of the Badlands.

The Door Trail – Badlands National ParkThis short, scenic trail gives hikers ample opportunity to go off the beaten path. Go in the morning to avoid the heat and catch the beautiful sunrise over the Badlands.

Lover’s Leap Trail – Custer State ParkThis trail is steep in parts, which is why it is best for people with moderate skill levels. The view from Lover’s Leap rock formation is extraordinary. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash.

Lake Sylvan Trail – Black Hills National ForestAlthough this trail is rated as easy, hikers should note that it requires a bit of scrambling over large boulders and rocks, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Kids love this trail!

Wisconsin

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Eagle Bluff Trail Hard 2.1 mi 226 ft
Devil's Lake Loop Moderate 4.8 mi 1,076 ft
Scuppernot Nature Trail Easy 4.3 mi 374 ft

Eagle Bluff Trail – Peninsula State ParkRated as difficult because of its rocky terrain, this trail is best for experienced hikers looking for beautiful views.

Devil’s Lake Loop – Devil’s Lake State ParkThis moderate trail offers a variety of activity options, including canoeing, fishing, camping and rock climbing.

Scuppernot Nature Trail – Kettle Moraine State ForestGreat for family hikes, this trail is a moderately trafficked loop that features a river and a variety of scenery.


Southwest

Arizona

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Bright Angel Trail Easy 3 mi
Hieroglyphic Trail Easy 2.9 mi 561 ft
Water Ranch Trail Easy 1.9 mi 6 ft
Cathedral Rock Trail Moderate 1 mi 515 ft
Upper Antelope Canyon Trail Easy 6.5 mi 272 ft
Devil's Bridge Trail Moderate 4.4 mi 629 ft

Bright Angel Trail – Grand Canyon National ParkHike straight into the canyon on this magnificent trail. Turn around at the rest house 1.5 miles in for a quick 3 mile hike, or keep going until you’re ready to head back.

Hieroglyphic Trail – Superstition WildernessThis hike will take you to see the famous Arizona petroglyphs carved into stone centuries ago by Native Americans living in the region. If you go in the springtime, you may catch sight of small waterfalls that form near the trail.

Water Ranch Trail – Gilbert Riparian PreserveThis urban preserve offers a getaway filled with plenty of wildlife to see around the park’s seven ponds. As a bonus, it is paved and totally wheelchair friendly.

Cathedral Rock Trail – Coconino National ForestAlthough short, this hike covers a lot of elevation, so some hiking experience is a must. Your reward: stunning views from the top of Cathedral Rock.

Upper Antelope Canyon Trail – Page, ArizonaThis canyon, which is located on Navajo land, is one of the most popular attractions in the area. Learn about the canyon’s history on a guided tour, and be sure to take plenty of pictures.

Devil’s Bridge Trail – Coconino National ForestThe views from the top of this hike are a must-see in Sedona, Arizona. The hike is relatively short but steep, so prior hiking experience is recommended.

New Mexico

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Solidad Canyon Loop Easy 3.3 mi 682 ft
The Volcanoes Trail Easy 2.9 mi 288 ft
South Crest La Luz Loop Trail Easy 3.2 mi 836 ft
Tent Rocks Trail Moderate 3.1 mi 938 ft
McCauley Hot Springs Moderate 3.8 mi 951 ft

Solidad Canyon Loop Organ Mountain – Desert Peaks National MonumentA natural waterfall awaits hikers at the end of an increasingly narrow canyon. A junction at the halfway point allows for some variety.

The Volcanoes Trail – Petroglyph National MonumentA mix of trails offer something for hikers of all skill levels complete with shady spots and benches to rest on. The vistas and volcanoes offer some surreal geologic features to complement the views of the Sandia Mountains.

South Crest La Luz Loop Trail – Cibola National ForestHikers of this trail will begin with a tram ride to an elevation above 10,000 feet for a breath of cool air even in the heat of summer. On-site restrooms and even a restaurant make for a pleasant escape from civilization but with still some of the frills.

Tent Rocks Trail – Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National MonumentThis religious site of the Cochiti Pueblo provides a glimpse at some unique tent-like rock formations that have been carved out by wind and water. A very picturesque hike that can offer a challenge at the same time.

McCauley Hot Springs – Santa Fe National ForestBring a map as wrong turns abound. Find your way to the springs and reward yourself with a warm dip on a crisp day.

Oklahoma

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Elk Mountain Trail Moderate 2.2 mi 574 ft
Turkey Mountain via Yellow Trail Moderate 3.8 mi 495 ft
Clear Bay Trail Easy 17 mi 1,545 ft
Dripping Springs Trail Moderate 0.9 mi 164 ft
Oklahoma High Point Black Mesa Moderate 8.5 mi 764 ft
Ghost Coon Trail Easy 1.1 mi 150 ft

Elk Mountain Trail – Charon’s Garden WildernessThis trail has some challenging steep parts, but has a magnificent view of the Wichita mountains. This rocky trail is accessible year round and can be busy during peak times. Get there early for a bit more solitude.

Turkey Mountain Via Yellow Trail – Turkey Mountain ParkThis trail is not well marked, so we recommend bringing a map. Feel free to bring your dog, but make sure they remain on a leash.

Clear Bay Trail – Little River State ParkThis wooded trail provides an awesome view of the lake. There’s also plenty of wildlife to see along this trail, so keep your eyes peeled for deer, snakes and other animals.

Dripping Springs Trail – Natural Springs State ParkThis trail provides a clear view of the lake and a waterfall. There are plenty of climbing areas for more experienced hikers to enjoy.

Oklahoma High Point Black Mesa – Black Mesa State Park & Nature PreserveThe first part of this trail is easy, but after mile two it becomes incredibly steep. Bird watchers will love this trail, as will hikers looking for a gorgeous view.

Ghost Coon Trial – Natural Springs State ParkIf you’re looking for solitude, this lightly trafficked trail is right up your alley. Keep your eyes open for deer along the prairie portion of the hike.

Texas

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Devil's Hall Trail Moderate 3.7 mi 682 ft
Lost Mine Trail Moderate 4.6 mi 1,135 ft
Santa Elena Canyon Trail Easy 1.4 mi 183 ft
Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop Easy 6.7 mi 449 ft
Enchanted Rock Loop Trail Moderate 6.3 mi 853 ft
White Rock Lake Trail Moderate 9.3 mi 259 ft
Aztec Cave Trail Easy 0.7 mi 180 ft

Devil’s Hall Trail – Guadalupe Mountains National ParkThe first mile of this trail is an easy walk, but becomes more difficult to navigate as it goes on. During the second mile, hikers must scramble through cobble and over limestone boulders. Hikers who make it to the end will find beautiful views of the mountain and canyon from an elevation of over 650 feet.

Lost Mine Trail – Big Bend National ParkBe sure to bring a camera with you for this trail, which features amazing views from the top and plenty of vegetation and wildlife to see along the way. This trail is ranked as moderate because of its steep elevation and rocky terrain.

Santa Elena Canyon Trail – Big Bend National ParkThis trail is considered one of the greatest spectacles of Big Bend National Park because of its tall canyon walls and magnificent views. This trail is appropriate for all age groups, making it perfect for the entire family.

Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop – McKinney Falls State ParkHiking, camping, swimming, biking — this trail has it all. We don’t recommend hiking this trail after heavy rainfall because it is known to flood. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

Enchanted Rock Loop Trail – Enchanted Rock State Natural AreaThis loop trail boasts beautiful scenery and wildlife along a 6.3 mile route. Less experienced hikers may find the trek up to the peaks challenging, but the views are incredible.

White Rock Lake Trail – White Rock Trail ParkThis paved loop’s level terrain makes it an easy hike for all skill levels. From the trail, visitors have a clear view of the lake. This trail is popular amongst cyclists, but walkers are welcome. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash.

Aztec Cave Trail – Franklin Mountains State ParkThis trail is accessible year-round and is mainly used for hiking, nature trips and walking. The trail has plenty of benches to sit on while you enjoy the view. Be sure to visit the cave!


West

Alaska

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Mendenhall Wetlands Refuge Trail Easy 2.3 mi 98 ft
Earthquake Park Easy 5.2 mi 495 ft
East Glacier Loop Easy 3.1 mi 925 ft
South Fork Eagle River Trail Moderate 10.7 mi 2,539 ft
Ice Cave Trail Moderate 5 mi 889 ft
Portage Pass Trail Moderate 5.4 mi 1,692 ft

Mendenhall Wetlands Refuge Trail – Juneau, AlaskaThis trail is paved, making it easy to maneuver for people with mobility issues. Catch gorgeous views of North Douglas Island and the famous Mendenhall Glacier on this low-impact walk.

Earthquake Park – Anchorage, AlaskaThis is a paved walking trail that offers scenic views of mountains and the Anchorage seaside.

East Glacier Loop – Juneau, AlaskaSome inexperienced hikers may find this trail challenging at times, but the views of Mendenhall Glacier are well worth the effort. If you’re lucky, you may catch a distant glimpse of a family of bears catching salmon.

South Fork Eagle River Trail – Tongass National ForestA gorgeous hike through the mountains in Chugach National Forest. The terrain is fairly easy, but the hike is quite long. Bring plenty of water and snacks to refuel along the way.

Ice Cave Trail – Tongass National ForestAn ice cave is your reward at the end of this moderately difficult hike. Some hiking experience is highly recommended.

Portage Pass Trail – Chugach National ForestAnticipate awesome glacier views on this trail in Chugach National Forest. The incline will be steep at times, especially at the beginning, but the scenery will more than make up for it.

California

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Mist Falls Trail Easy 1.6 mi
Los Penasquitos Canyon Easy 7 mi 187 ft
Big Trees Trail Easy 1.3 mi 150 ft
Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woods Trail Moderate 7.5 mi 2,335 ft
Eaton Canyon Trail Moderate 3.6 mi 488 ft
Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail Hard 3.5 mi 1,099 ft

Mist Falls Trail – Yosemite National ParkTrek to the base of Vernal Fall on this popular trail in Yosemite National Park. If you’re up for the steps, hike up the granite steps to see if you can spot a rainbow in the mist from the overlook.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail – Los Penasquitos Canyon PreserveAlthough the full loop is 7 miles, you can make this trip as long as you like. Expect a waterfall at the halfway point of this lovely southwestern trail not far from San Diego.

Big Trees Trail – Sequoia National ParkAn easy yet beautiful trail through the famous Sequoia National Park. This trail offers plenty of educational displays about the big trees for curious hikers.

Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail – Lake Poway ParkThis hike offers breathtaking views of the ocean and Palomar Mountain from the summit. This hike is not recommended for beginners not already in good shape.

Eaton Canyon Trail – Eaton Canyon ParkThis hike to a 40 ft waterfall will give you a great workout without taking up your entire day. During hot months, take plenty of water as shade is minimal at times.

Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail – Cleveland National ForestBest if water levels are higher (like in springtime), this challenging hike offers views of waterfalls as a reward for climbing 1,099 ft of elevation in just 3.5 miles. Experienced hikers only!

Colorado

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Royal Arch Trail Hard 3.4 mi 1,637 ft
Maxwell Falls Lower Trail Moderate 4.2 mi 1,010 ft
Emerald Lake Trail Easy 3.2 mi 780 ft
Rocks and Vistas Garden of the Gods Trail Easy 4.2 mi 734 ft
Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop Moderate 4.2 mi 1,181 ft
Mount Sanitas and Sanitas Valley Loop Trail Moderate 3.3 mi 1,348 ft
Mohawk Lakes Trail Moderate 8.9 mi 2,185 ft

Royal Arch Trail – Chautauqua ParkExperienced hikers can enjoy breathtaking views of the arches and mountaintop landscapes on this strenuous trail.

Maxwell Falls Lower Trail – Arapaho National ForestThis moderately difficult trail is the most popular in Arapaho National Forest. Pack a snack and take a scenic break by the waterfalls before continuing on for the rest of the loop.

Emerald Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National ParkThis stunning hike to Emerald Lake through Colorado’s famous Rocky Mountains is easily accessible with access to parking close by. Be sure to bring your camera for this one.

Rocks and Vistas Garden of the Gods Trail – Garden of the GodsA truly magnificent walk through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the U.S. This trail gets bonus points for being paved and accessible for mobility-impaired adventurers.

Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop – Genesee ParkIf you try this hike during the summer months, take a break from the climb to hop into one of the river pools that form near the trail.

Mount Sanitas and Sanitas Valley Loop Trail – Boulder Open SpaceThis trail is close to downtown Boulder and is the perfect complement to a weekend getaway. You’ll have to work for them, but the views from the top are extraordinary.

Mohawk Lakes Trail – Pike National ForestSeasoned hikers looking for a challenge will be rewarded for their effort with breathtaking views of mountain lakes and distant peaks and valleys. Rated as moderate, but prior hiking experience is highly recommended.

Hawaii

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Hanakapai'ai Falls Trail Moderate 6.9 mi 2,775 ft
Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail Easy 1.6 mi 521 ft
Manoa Falls Trail Easy 1.5 mi 784 ft
Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail Easy 3.3 mi 1,220 ft
Kaiwa Ridge Trail Moderate 1.6 mi 800 ft
Kuliouou Ridge Trail Moderate 4.4 mi 1,945 ft
Lulumahu Falls Trail Moderate 2 mi 977 ft
Koko Crater Trail Hard 1.8 mi 1,092 ft

Hanakapai’ai Falls Trail – Napali Coast State ParkAlthough this trail is rated moderate, the last two miles of this 6.9 mile trail are strenuous. Hikers are warned to avoid this trail after heavy rain because it becomes slippery and hard to navigate. Napali Coast State Park has been used as the backdrop for several Hollywood projects, including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park.

Diamond Head (Le’ahi) Summit Trail – Diamond Head Crater ParkThis is one of the most popular trails in Oahu, Hawaii. The hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcano crater and climbs nearly 500 feet. From the top, hikers get a 360 degree view of the island.

Manoa Falls Trail – Round Top Forest ReserveVisitors will enjoy an easy hike along Manoa Falls Trail to a beautiful waterfall. Swimming in the pool at the base of the waterfall is prohibited, but many hikers claim the view is still worth the trek. Fun fact: scenes from the movie Jurassic Park and the television show Lost were filmed along Manoa Falls Trail.

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail – Makapu’u Point State WaysideHikers who make this 3.3 mile trek will enjoy views of the ocean and can whale watch from one of the many lookouts. The entire path is paved, making it easily accessible for people of all skill levels.

Kaiwa Ridge Trail – Kailua Beach ParkAlso known as Pillbox trail, Kaiwa Ridge Trail provides beautiful wildflowers, wildlife and hiking opportunities to visitors. This trail is rated moderate because the path is mostly undeveloped and rocky. Hikers who decide to make the climb will be rewarded with amazing views of Lanikai and Kailua.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail – Honolulu, HawaiiThis trail is good for people with moderate skill levels because it is an incredibly steep walk up. However, the payoff comes in the form of spectacular views from the top. This trail is mainly used for hiking, mountain biking, camping and trail running. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash.

Lulumahu Falls Trail – Honolulu Watershed Forest ReserveHikers in search of incredible views will love Lulumahu Falls Trail. We recommend this trail to hikers with moderate skill levels, as it can be rocky and requires balance and strength to get to the top. This trail is accessible year round and is not recommended for children.

Koko Crater Trail – Koko Head ParkLocated near beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii, this trail features awesome views from Koko Head Crater. This trail is rated difficult because hikers must climb up more than 1,000 steps to get to the top.

Nevada

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Hunter Creek Trail Moderate 5.8 mi 1,286 ft
Calico Tanks Trail Moderate 2.2 mi 436 ft
Mary Jane Falls Trail Moderate 2.5 mi 1,036 ft
First Creek Trail Easy 3.6 mi 541 ft
Wetlands Park Nature Preserve Loop Easy 1.6 mi 26 ft
Railroad Tunnel Trail Easy 7.2 mi 1,332 ft
Pine Creek Canyon Trail Moderate 5 mi 1,187 ft

Hunter Creek Trail – Toiyabe National ForestThis heavily trafficked trail is located near Reno, Nevada and offers a number of activity options, including hiking, trail running and horseback riding. But hikers beware: this trail provides little to no shade, so be sure to dress in cool clothes and bring plenty of water.

Calico Tanks Trail – Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation AreaThis trail is best used from February until October, as it is too hot to hike during summer months. Here, visitors can enjoy hiking, trail running, walking, wildlife and river views. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

Mary Jane Falls Trail – Mr. Charleston WildernessThe path of this trail is very visible and is a moderate hike up hill. Visitors can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing, rock climbing and waterfall views. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash.

First Creek Trail – Spring Mountain Ranch State ParkThis trail is best used from February until November and offers a number of activity options, including trail running, hiking, bird watching and walking. Visitors can enjoy waterfall access, wildflowers and plenty of wildlife.

Wetlands Park Nature Preserve Loop – Desert Wetlands ParkThis flat trail has a river flowing through it and features an amazing view of the Las Vegas strip. There are several trails — some paved, some dirt— that are good for all skill levels. Dogs are not allowed on this trail.

Railroad Tunnel Trail – Lake Mead National Recreation AreaThis trail is good for all skill levels and features scenic views of the lake. This trail is mainly used for hiking, walking, trail running and road biking.

Pine Creek Canyon Trail – Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation AreaThis trail is accessible year-round and features a waterfall, majestic cliffs and hidden canyon. Although this 5 mile trail gets challenging towards the end, hikers are encouraged to take advantage of the many rest spots along the way. Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash.

Oregon

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Multnomah Falls Trail Moderate 2 mi 869 ft
Silver Falls Loop Easy 7 mi 1,256 ft
Mirror Lake Loop Trail Moderate 4.2 mi 767 ft
Latourell Falls Loop Moderate 2.1 mi 793 ft
Opal Creek Trail Easy 6.5 mi 1,374 ft
Mount Tabor Loop Trail Easy 1.7 mi 272 ft

Multnomah Falls Trail – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic AreaThis trail is best used from March to November and offers several activity options, including hiking, bird watching and trail running. This trail is rated moderate due to its muddy, rocky terrain, but parts of the trail are wheelchair accessible.

Silver Falls Loop – Silver Falls State ParkThis trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options, including bird watching, camping and hiking. Hikers can enjoy views of a waterfall, river and forest. No dogs are allowed on this trail.

Mirror Lake Loop Trail – Mt. Hood National ForestThis trail provides an easy hike to people of all skill levels. Here, visitors can enjoy camping, snowshoeing, trail running, waterfalls, wildflowers and tremendous views of Mount Hood. Dogs are allowed, but must remain on a leash.

Latourell Falls Loop Trail – Guy W. Talbot State ParkThis trail is best used from May until September and features a waterfall, river, forest and beautiful views. Hikers can walk a bridge to the falls and have the opportunity to stand directly under or behind the falls. We recommend seeing both the upper and lower Latourell falls.

Opal Creek Trail – Willamette National ForestLocated near Elkhorn, Oregon, this trail is good for all skill levels and features a waterfall, river, cave and plenty of wildlife. Here, visitors can camp, hike, mountain bike or just enjoy the magnificent views. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash.

Mount Tabor Loop Trail Ramona Falls Trail – Mt. Hood National ForestThis trail provides several activity options, including hiking, nature trips, snowshoeing, trail running and walking. Visitors of this trail can enjoy beautiful views, waterfalls and wildflowers surrounded by a lush forest. Leashed dogs are permitted.

Utah

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Prince of Wales Mine Trail Moderate 4.3 mi 1,420 ft
Zion Narrows Riverside Walk Easy 1.9 mi 344 ft
Emerald Pools Trail Easy 2.3 mi 833 ft
Donut Falls Trail Easy 1.5 mi 341 ft
Stewart Falls Trail Easy 3.5 mi 839 ft
Silver Lake Trail Moderate 4.5 mi 1,407 ft
Bridal Veil Falls Trail Easy 1.3 mi 183 ft

Prince of Wales Mine Trail – Twin Peaks WildernessThis trail is mainly used for hiking, camping and trail running. Here, visitors can hike through an old mining district to an abandoned mine. No dogs are allowed on this trail.

Zion Narrows Riverside Walk – Zion National ParkThis relatively flat, paved trail is great for all skill levels and is generally crowded during peak season (March-October). Hikers can wade through the water between canyon walls, but should use caution, as the water gets chest high in some areas. This trail is mainly used for hiking, walking and canoeing.

Emerald Pools Trail – Zion National ParkThis trail features waterfalls, stream crossings and overhanging cliffs that make it both beautiful and dangerous. Although this trail is rated easy, parts of the path can be muddy or slippery so be sure to use caution while hiking or walking.

Donut Falls Trail – Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestThis trail is great for all skill levels and features several activity options, including hiking, snowshoeing, walking and cross country skiing. Visitors can also hike down to a scenic waterfall area, though young children and older adults may have a hard time getting down. Dogs are not allowed on this trail.

Stewart Falls Trail – Mount Timpanogos WildernessThis trail offers several activity options, including canoeing, hiking, bird watching, snowshoeing and trail running. Stewart Falls is considered one of the most scenic waterfalls in northern Utah, reaching 200 feet tall and falling in two tiers. This is a dog-friendly trail.

Silver Lake Trail – Lone Peak WildernessThis trail is hikable for most, and features plenty of camping and fishing opportunities. Located near Alpine, Utah, this trail features views of the lake on one side and the valley on the other. This is a dog-friendly trail, but dogs must remain on a leash.

Bridal Veil Falls Trail – Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGreat for the whole family, this paved trail is mainly used for hiking, trail running and ice climbing from April until October. Near the trailhead there is a fish pond where children can feed the fish. Leashed dogs are permitted.

Washington

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Ben Burr Trail Easy 1.1 mi 75 ft
Franklin Falls Trail Easy 2 mi 360 ft
Lake Serene Trail Hard 6.8 mi 2,650 ft
Twins Falls Trail Easy 3.8 mi 1,325 ft
Wallace Falls Trail Moderate 4.6 mi 1,833 ft
Rattlesnake Ledge Trail Moderate 6.6 mi 2,240 ft

Ben Burr Trail – Spokane, WashingtonThis trail is good for all skill levels and is accessible year-round. Here, visitors can enjoy hiking, walking, mountain biking and trail running in a beautiful setting. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash.

Franklin Falls Trail – Mount Baker Snoqualmie National ForestLocated near Snoqualmie Pass, this trail features plenty of hiking and walking opportunities for visitors of all skill levels. Here, visitors can enjoy a waterfall, river, wildflowers and wildlife. Dogs may use this trail but must remain on a leash.

Lake Serene Trail – Mount Baker Snoqualmie National ForestThis trail is rated difficult due to its rocky terrain, switchbacks and steep stairs. However, hikers brave enough to embark on this trail will be rewarded with magnificent mountain and lake views. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash.

Twin Falls Trail – Twin FallsJust 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, this easy hiking trail features plenty of wildlife, wildflowers and waterfall views for visitors to enjoy. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash.

Wallace Falls Trail – Wallace Falls State ParkBest used from April until November, this trail features beautiful views, a waterfall and river, wildflowers and a covered picnic area. Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash.

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail – Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic AreaJust an hour away from Seattle, this trail features beautiful views, wildflowers and a waterfall for hikers to enjoy. Other activities include mountain biking, fishing, trail running and bird watching. Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash.

Wyoming

Trail Name Activity Level Activity Type Distance Elevation Wheelchair Accessible?
Medicine Bow Peak Hard 7 mi 1,860 ft
Artists Paintpots Trail Easy 1.1 mi 108 ft
Jenny Lake Trail Easy 7.4 mi 702 ft
Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point Moderate 8.3 mi 1,774 ft
Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful Observation Point Loop Easy 4.6 mi 262 ft
Mystic Falls Trail Moderate 3.4 mi 682 ft

Medicine Bow Peak – Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow MountainsThis trail is rated difficult because of its high altitude and rocky terrain, but many hikers claim the view from the top is worth the work to get there. In addition to beautiful views, this trail features a lake, wildflowers and camping opportunities. Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash.

Artists Paintpots Trail – Yellowstone National ParkThis heavily trafficked loop trail features hot springs, wildflowers, geysers and plenty of wildlife. Dogs are not permitted on this trail.

Jenny Lake Trail – Grand Teton National ParkThis loop trail is highly trafficked and good for all skill levels. Best used from June to October, travelers can enjoy bird watching, fishing, hiking and trail running. Dogs are not permitted.

Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point – Yellowstone National ParkThis trail is good for most skill levels and features beautiful views, waterfalls, hot springs and a river. No dogs are allowed on this trail, and it is best used from May to October.

Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful Observation Point Loop – Yellowstone National ParkLocated near Yellowstone National Park, this heavily trafficked loop features hot springs and is great for all skill levels. Trail is best used from May to October.

Mystic Falls Trail – Yellowstone National ParkThis 3.4 mile loop trail provides a moderate hike with waterfalls and swimming opportunities. Best used from May to October.

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