The Top 5 Best Hiking Routes in U.S. National Parks

The Top 5 Best Hiking Routes in U.S. National Parks

October 3, 2022

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Trip Concierge

Explore the wondrous beauty of U.S National Parks along these breathtaking trails with breathtaking views.

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and thewinds long to play with your hair. —Khalil Gibran


U.S National Parks hold immense beauty and value, with unspoiled and preserved hiking trails that take you along scenic routes and rewarding views.

The well maintained landscapes are truly moving and make one closer to nature. From mighty cliffs to exigent terrains, if you are up for a challenge, hike along the magnificent trails mentioned in our list and brace yourself fortruly awe-inspiring natural beauty it yields.

 

The Ancient Redwood Groves Trails in Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks is located in California and flaunts a huge variety of towering redwood trees awaiting your welcome. Here you will find some of the oldest groves that are truly worth a visit.

There are many trails in Redwood National Park including the Lady bird Johnson Grove Trail, Stout Memorial Grove Trail, Tall Trees Trail and Simpson-Reed Trail.

The longest one out of these is the Tall Trees Grove and it is the one we highly recommend as it has the best views to offer. You’ll find a thick carpet of greenery welcoming you with ferns lined up to make your path beautiful and refreshing.

The signs will guide you through the other end and the old-growth redwood giants will be accompanying you at every step with their spellbinding beauty.

 

Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Brace yourselves for a challenge at the Half Dome hike in Yosemite National Park. It is going to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life and quite an accomplishment.

If you are a fitness enthusiast and want to take up the strenuous hike, we highly encourage you to do so. Stretching across 17 miles, you will be elevated up to 4,800 feet from Yosemite and surpass the fascinating beauty of Nevada Fall and Vernal Fall along the way.

From there, you will reach the Half Dome’s steep granite domes steel cables. The wooden planks and steel cables are more of a guide to assist hikers through the trail. Half dome cables offer unparalleled views of Yosemite that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Make sure to pack loads of energy bars and a whole lot of luck, and gear up to explore this marvelous beauty of nature on foot!

Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon

The majestic Grand Canyons hold so much tranquility and exquisiteness that it can bring a nature lover to tears just by its sheer existence. Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most visited National Parks of the country, and offers classic hiking trails that are worth thee ffort.

Bright Angel Trail is one of the most popular Grand Canyon hiking trails stretching along 12 miles and offering sprawling views that look magical under the changing shades of sky.

The best thing about the trail is even though it gets strenuous, there will be plenty of water at every stop for you to stay hydrated.

Walking along the trail, hikers are blessed with striking views of the inner canyon with surrounding landscape. With higher degree of shade, you’ll explore the path less traveled with animal and plants framed by massive cliffs and views of the canyon.

 

Abrams Falls Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Short and rewarding, the mighty Abrams Fall Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a sight for the sore eyes. Nestled in the depth of Tennessee, you’ll be welcomed by the trickling waterfalls and lush greenery.

The trail loops through a forest just besides a creek and immerses you in its natural beauty through the 5 mile hike.

The hike itself offers moderate difficulty and can get a bit rocky, so make sure you are geared up in your best shoes. You will also stumble upon massive plant roots of gigantic trees that might make the trial a bit difficult.

After crossing a few narrow and low bridges, you will finally arrive at the magnificent falls. Make sure to stop by and take load s of pictures as you take in the beauty of the 20ft fall in all its glory. There’s a large pool at the base of the falls which makes for an ideal spot for picnics and lunches but you are not allowed to swim here.

 

Halema'uma'u Trail in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Hiking along the mighty volcanoes is quite an experience, and we don’t want you to miss out on it!

Walk with all your might on this once in a lifetime experience nestled in Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park. There are several trails here including the Waldron Ledge and Earthquake Trail. Both are relatively easier hikes with just 1 mile to cover. You can also enjoy lovely views of the ocean.

The Halema’uma’u Trail is easily one of the best trails, offering a one mile hikes while descending 425 feet at Kilauea Caldera’s southern edge.

You will be carried into a magical rain forest with unparallel views and surrounded by lush greenery. This will also be your only chance to get up close and personal with the steamy volcanoes.

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