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One of the best ways of exploring our National and State Parks also happens to be the oldest method of transportation known to humankind: hiking.

About Hiking

Explore at your own pace and get up close and personal with nature when you venture out on a scenic hiking trail. Our National and State Park systems contain a wide variety of unique and interesting trails, ranging from easy all-ages hikes on paved trails to strenuous multi-day treks into the wilderness. Lace up those hiking boots, and prepare for some Grade A adventure.

Where to Find Hiking

Hiking can be found just about anywhere, but some places stand out as exceptional hiking destinations:

Woman hiking in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Forest hikes, mountainous hikes, lakeside hikes, and hikes around active geysers - Yellowstone has it all.

Group hiking up a hill


From easy strolls through giant sequoias to multi-day hikes through the backcountry, Yosemite has a hike for all ages.

Man hiking in Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

Prepare to descend into an ancient canyon so large you can see it from outer space.

Couple walking in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls State Park

Explore the Great Gorge and view exciting rapids on these scenic hikes in Niagara Falls.

man hiking in sequoia

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Your journey begins where the pavement ends. Explore 1,000 miles of spectacular hiking trails.

Olympic National Park

Rainforest hike or ocean view? A million acres means countless diverse hiking trails at Olympic National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park

With more than 300 miles of hiking trails to explore, you can keep things grounded or take to the mountains.

Shenandoah National Park

500 miles of hiking trails means endless possibilities to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains.