Croton Dam in Westchester County, New York
The magnificent Croton Dam, which is located on Croton Gorge park’s 97-acre property, is the first thing visitors see when they arrive from the main road. Croton Gorge Park offers easy access to the Old Croton Aqueduct in New York State. It is popular for hiking, fishing, and picnicking. The bridge over the gorge and the road that runs up to the dam wall is open to pedestrians as well as bicyclists. They offer spectacular views of Lower Hudson Valley. It is still the third-largest hand-hewn masonry construction in the world, after the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California
Cavallo Point is located within the 75,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It offers more than 350-acres of outdoor recreation just steps away from the hotel. Chapel Steps to Bay Trail – Simple and tranquil with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge (two miles), Battery Spencer Trail – Under the Golden Gate Bridge, up to the former coast battery (three miles), Coastal Trail To SCA Trail: Through California’s Golden Poppies to reach the Marin Headlands and views of both the city and Bay (3 miles), Kirby Cove Trail: Remarkable beach at the Marin
Headlands to the west of the Golden Gate Bridge (four-and-one-half miles), Slacker Ridge: Connects to the crest of the Coastal Trail with spectacular views of San Francisco (four and a half miles), Rodeo Valley Trail, and Bobcat Trail: Runs can dip into the serene valley to find Red Tail Hawks or Mission Blue Butterflies, as well as views of Rodeo Beach, the Pacific Ocean, and Rodeo Beach (ten miles).
Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona
Are you looking for a challenging hike to test your climbing skills and fitness? Camelback Mountain, located just 20 minutes from Phoenix’s downtown area, is a popular attraction for thousands of tourists each year. Two challenging trails climb 1,420 feet to the summit, which resembles the hump of an elephant’s back. The summit offers 360-degree views over the city. Cholla Trail (currently shut down) and Echo Canyon Trail have been rated extremely difficult and challenging. They involve exposed rock, strenuous climbs, and hand-over-hand climbing. The steep ascent to Echo Canyon Trail requires handrails and climbing, but the 360-degree views at the summit make it worth the effort.
Justin Katigbak, Travel Portland
Nearly 50 million hikers are regulars in the U.S. Statista has the most current data. This is a lot to walk each year and a lot of wear on hiking shoes. According to the Forest Service, there are more than 165,000,000 visitors to National Forests. More than 40% of those visitors walk or hike on forest trails. Not all hiking trails are created equal, the most well-known being the Appalachian Trail. According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Trail is the longest single-use hiking trail in the world. The trail is used by more than 2 million hikers each year.
Dinosaur National Monument, Jensen, Utah
You can travel back in time and hike the Dinosaur National Monument’s incredible geology, rock art, and several easy trails that are suitable for all levels of fitness. Fossil Discovery Trail, 1.2 miles long, takes you through geologic formations that span 80 million years. The Sound of Silence Trail, which runs 2.5 miles through several layers of monument rock with great views of Split Mountain, is also available. The Watchman is a moderately challenging hike that covers 3.3 miles round trip. End at the viewpoint overlooking the Temples and Towers and lower Zion Canyon, Watchman Peak, and Springdale. You will find the trailhead near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. It is just across the street from where the shuttle stop is.
Greenfield Lake Park, Wilmington, North Carolina
North Carolina cities are home to the great outdoors, which is closer than you might think. You’ll find scenic trails where busy streets meet picturesque trails. More people are seeking outdoor activities as they plan summer stories. Wilmington: The 250-acre Greenfield Lake Park has more than 4 miles of trails that circle the basin. Century-old cypresses and longleaf pines surround them. Hikers will find a sunken scent and paddle option that increase their chances of seeing an alligator. Raleigh: N.C. Museum of Art’s park covers 164 acres. Some trails lead from a camera obscura, wind-driven whirligig to picnic lawns, gardens, and a pond. Charlotte: Freedom Park, which covers 98 acres, is located between Historic Neighborhoods and Center City. Urban hikers love the loop that circles its seven-acre lake. It also houses the Discovery Place Nature museum.
Wildwood Trail, Forest Park, Portland, Oregon
Forest Park, which boasts 70 miles of trails is a popular spot for runners, equestrians, and hikers, is also a great place to take your dog. This conservancy is located in the northwest corner of the city and covers 5,156 acres. It houses 62 mammal species. The Wildwood Trail, a popular hiking route that runs 30 miles along Forest Park, connects to many of the city’s most famous attractions.