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Top 50 Hiking Trails in America's Favorite National Parks

Don’t hit the trails this summer without checking out these incredible hikes in the country’s most popular national parks. We have a trail for every type of hiker, including those who would rather loiter in the gift shop than summit a peak.

Yosemite National Park

Park visitors on the Yosemite Meadow Loop Boardwalk.
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Park visitors on the Yosemite Meadow Loop Boardwalk.

Hiking past Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail in Yosemite.
Grant Ordelheide

Hiking past Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail in Yosemite. 

Footbridge past Wapama Falls in northwest Yosemite.
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Footbridge past Wapama Falls in northwest Yosemite.

Yosemite visitors enjoying the view of Mount Hoffman over May Lake.
Grant Ordelheide

Yosemite visitors enjoying the view of Mount Hoffman over May Lake.

Cathedral Peak reflected in Upper Cathedral Lake.
Grant Ordelheide

Cathedral Peak reflected in Upper Cathedral Lake. 

Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite.
Grant Ordelheide

Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite.

The end of the Half Dome Trail in Yosemite with cables to help hikers
Grant Ordelheide

The end of the Half Dome Trail in Yosemite with cables to help hikers

North Dome hiker at sunset with a view of Half Dome in Yosemite.
Grant Ordelheide

North Dome hiker at sunset with a view of Half Dome in Yosemite. 

Get ready for the most majestic downhill hike you will ever do or follow a trail surrounded by rainbows. View the Yosemite Hiking Guide.

Olympic National Park

The view from Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park.
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The view from Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park.

A family walks under a canopy moss-covered maples on the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rainforest
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A family walks under a canopy moss-covered maples on the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rainforest.

The Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park.
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The Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park.

The trail bridge over Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park
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The trail bridge over Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park

Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park.
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Marymere Falls Trail in Olympic National Park.

Hole-in-the-Wall Trail north of Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park
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Hole-in-the-Wall Trail north of Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park

Sunset at Point of Arches on Shi Shi Beach on the Olympic Coast.
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Sunset at Point of Arches on Shi Shi Beach on the Olympic Coast.

Looking for a morning workout? Or the best beach stroll in Olympic? Choose among our top trails to make the most out of your time. View the Olympic Hiking Guide.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Chasm Lake near Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Chasm Lake near Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Alluvial Fan from the Lawn Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Alluvial Fan from the Lawn Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Big Meadows/Continental Divide Trail in Rocky Mountains National Park.
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Big Meadows/Continental Divide Trail in Rocky Mountains National Park.

Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Grant Ordelheide

Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Dusk on the East Inlet Trail near Grand Lake, Colorado
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Dusk on the East Inlet Trail near Grand Lake, Colorado

Gem Lake on Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park
Gloria Wadzinski

Gem Lake on Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park

Sky Pond with \
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Sky Pond with “Shark’s Tooth” formation. 

Discover the best trails to spot moose and hike to this must-see, hidden-gem-of-a-lake. View the Rocky Mountain Hiking Guide.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Laurel Falls Trail, one of the most popular trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Laurel Falls Trail, one of the most popular trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

An aerial view of Lake Fontana in North Carolina
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An aerial view of Lake Fontana in North Carolina

Ramsey Cascades
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Ramsey Cascades

Clingmans Dome, Tennessee's highest point
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Clingmans Dome, Tennessee’s highest point

Look Rock Overlook. Nearby is Look Rock Tower for an even higher viewpoint.
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Look Rock Overlook. Nearby is Look Rock Tower for an even higher viewpoint.

Cascades on the Kephart Prong Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Cascades on the Kephart Prong Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Smoky Mountain Hiking Club Cabin near Porters Flat in Greenbrier.
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The Smoky Mountain Hiking Club Cabin near Porters Flat in Greenbrier.

Cool off with the mist from one of the park’s many waterfalls. View the Great Smoky Hiking Guide.

Arches National Park

Landscape Arch in Arches National Park
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Landscape Arch in Arches National Park

The sunset view at the Fiery Furnace Overlook in Arches National Park
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The sunset view at the Fiery Furnace Overlook in Arches National Park

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
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Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Spires of Devils Garden in Arches National Park
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Spires of Devils Garden in Arches National Park

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“Park Avenue” in Arches National Park

Stream in Negro Bill Canyon near Moab, Utah.
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Stream in Negro Bill Canyon near Moab, Utah.

Tower Arch in Arches National Park
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Get tips on how to beat the heat (and crowds) on an incredibly popular arch hike or head out for a difficult desert scramble. View the Arches Hiking Guide.

Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim

The Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon.
Grant Ordelheide

The Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon.

Cedar Ridge on the South Kaibab Trail.
Photo by NPS Michael Quinn

Cedar Ridge on the South Kaibab Trail.

Indian Gardens deep inside the Grand Canyon.
Grant Ordelheide

Indian Gardens deep inside the Grand Canyon.

Santa Maria Spring on Hermit Trail in the Grand Canyon.
Grant Ordelheide

Santa Maria Spring on Hermit Trail in the Grand Canyon.

Hopi House on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Photo by NPS Michail Quinn

Hopi House on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Biking on the Rim Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Grant Ordelheide

Biking on the Rim Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Horseshoe Mesa from Grandview Point in the Grand Canyon.
NPS Michael Quinn

Horseshoe Mesa from Grandview Point in the Grand Canyon.

Take an easy stroll to see some of the nation’s most iconic architectural gems or sweat it out on strenuous hikes deep into the Grand Canyon. View the Grand Canyon South Rim Hiking Guide.

Yellowstone National Park

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone.
Grant Ordelheide

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone.

Hikers on the Mount Washburn Trail in Yellowstone.
Grant Ordelheide

Hikers on the Mount Washburn Trail in Yellowstone. 

Fairy Falls in Yellowstone.
Elisabeth Kwak

Fairy Falls in Yellowstone.

Wraith Falls
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Wraith Falls

Storm Point on Yellowstone Lake.
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Storm Point on Yellowstone Lake.

Hikers on Avalanche Peak in Yellowstone.
NPS Diane Renkin

Hikers on Avalanche Peak in Yellowstone.

Trout Lake in Yellowstone.
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Trout Lake in Yellowstone.

It’s a huge park. Here are our seven tips for lazy days and invigorating workouts to the top of peaks. View the Yellowstone Hiking Guide.