06 Jul National Parks That Offer Incredible Hiking Trails
Incredible Hiking Trails in National Parks
Looking for the best hiking trails in U.S. National Parks? Look no further! There are too many to cover them all, so this will only mention a few favorites. Each location offers hiking trails from beginner to expert, from the very young to the very old; there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Some of the most beautiful hiking trails are in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Whether spring, summer, fall, or winter, there is always something breathtaking to see. In spring and summer there are waterfalls to enjoy, especially with the spring runoff from the winter’s snow melting. There are also a plethora of gorgeous blooms and newborns in nature to see and enjoy. In the fall, there is no shortage of trees to paint the most beautiful pictures with their changing leaves, and you will see colors you didn’t even know existed. When winter arrives, there is the opportunity to see what the foliage normally hides from view, and you may also enjoy some snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Regardless of the time of year you choose to visit, you’re sure to leave with the most picturesque memories of a lifetime.
Not far from the Smokies is another of the magnificent National Parks around the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Shenandoah National Park. Also great to visit during any season, many of these hiking trails will lead you to caverns and caves to be explored, as well as stunning peaks to enjoy heart-stopping views. With over 500 miles of hiking trails and spectacular views of luscious forest, everyone is sure to find something they love here. Waterfall lovers rejoice! There are plenty more here to enjoy. Many of these hiking trails also offer the advantage of being intertwined, giving you the option to customize the length of your hike, adding or subtracting miles, to make your hiking trail whatever length you feel like doing that day. A very useful feature when you are hiking with beginners!
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is a splendid National Park to do backpacking or hiking. As the above National Parks, there are hiking trails here that are wheelchair accessible. You may hike right along the river itself, or enjoy one of the trails that takes you back towards the mountains. Either way, you are sure to come back again and again to enjoy the uniqueness of the Ozarks with your walk.
While the parks listed offer incredible experiences, if you’re not able to travel to see them, go to a National Park in your own state to experience the outdoors. For all of the National Parks, make sure to stop by a ranger station to get the most up to date information about your trail before you go. Also, it’s always helpful to have a lifestraw or bring water with you. Lastly, never hike alone, and make sure you tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return. National Parks are awesome to hike in and you will remember it for years to come!