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.

Vernal Falls trail in Yosemite National Park


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.

A hiker in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

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

A forest trail in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

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

Two hikers exploring the trails in Rocky Mountain 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.

Two hikers exploring the trails in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

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

A visitor taking a photo of surrounding mountain peaks at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

With more than 700 miles of trails, it's no wonder that half of visitors to the park report taking a hike.

Two visitors walking down the Avenue of Pines at Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park

Hiking trails and nature preserves abound in the areas surrounding Saratoga Springs.

Two visitors hiking along the shore of Abbott Lake near Peaks of Otter Lodge

Blue Ridge Parkway

Stretch your legs or climb to the top - the Blue Ridge Parkway has hiking trails for every level.