Top 10 Best Hiking Trails in the USA

6: Kalalau Trail, Hawaii

Kalalau Trail, Hawaii
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The Kalalau Trail generally triggers terror in the minds of most hikers, thanks to the dramatic coastline. The trail is crumbly and narrow, and quite a few have either plummeted off the trail or seen others in unfortunate incidents. With abundant rainfall, the trail becomes even more treacherous. Despite these dangers, several visitors and locals continue to hike this 11-mile trip to Kalalau.

Address: Kapaa, HI 96746

7: Highline Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana

Highline Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana
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With trails of 700 miles and above, the Glacier National Park presents its visitors some breath-taking scenery - the Highline Trail being one among them. The trail starts at Logan Pass and continues north for close to 7.5 miles along the cliffs' partially exposed ledges. The trail later opens to hillsides above the path close to the Garden Wall. This trail section provides hikers with great views and the right spot for observing wildlife, which includes mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and some occasional grizzly bears.

Address: Along Garden Wall, Glacier National Park, MT

8: John Muir Trail, Yosemite Valley, California

John Muir Trail, Yosemite Valley, California
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On the John Muir Trail, hikers can hike for two or three weeks without having to cross a road. The 211-mile trail stretches from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states. Being the best Pacific Crest Trail section, the trail crosses some of the best attractions including Ansel Adams Gallery, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. In short, the trail is most often considered a hiker's heaven.

Address: John Muir Trail, Lakeshore, CA 93634

9: Andrews Bald Trail, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee

Andrews Bald Trail, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee
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The Andrews Bald trailhead is located at the Clingmans Dome parking spot, which is the park's highest point. Due to the elevation, the temperatures could be 15-25 degrees cooler than lower terrains. The trail is the best hiking destination for the hikers seeking great panoramic views of the Smoky Mountain Highlands.

Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Website: www.nps.gov

10: Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida

Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Extending into Florida Bay, this trail is a straightforward 1.6-mile path, which brings hikers close to exotic birds, tropical trees, and big alligators. With the trail gazing out into Florida Bay, hikers ride along continental America's southernmost points. Pitching a hammock or tent while the alligators slip in the underneath water remains an unforgettable experience for most hikers.

Address: Flamingo, Everglades National Park, FL
Website: www.nps.gov

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