Don’t hit the trails this summer without checking out these incredible hikes in the country’s most popular national parks. We have a hiking 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. Grant Ordelheide
Hiking past Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail in Yosemite. Grant Ordelheide
Footbridge past Wapama Falls in northwest Yosemite. Shutterstock
Yosemite visitors enjoying the view of Mount Hoffman over May Lake. Grant Ordelheide
Cathedral Peak reflected in Upper Cathedral Lake. Grant Ordelheide
Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite. Grant Ordelheide
The end of the Half Dome Trail in Yosemite with cables to help hikers Grant Ordelheide
North Dome hiker at sunset with a view of Half Dome in Yosemite. Grant Ordelheide
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. NPS
A family walks under a canopy moss-covered maples on the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rainforest. Justin Bailie
The Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park. Depositphotos
The trail bridge over Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park Photo by Justin Bailie
Marymere Falls Trail in Olympic National Park. Depositphotos
Hole-in-the-Wall Trail north of Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park iStock
Sunset at Point of Arches on Shi Shi Beach on the Olympic Coast. iStock
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 iStock
Alluvial Fan from the Lawn Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Grant Ordelheide
Big Meadows/Continental Divide Trail in Rocky Mountains National Park. Laurent Lecordier
Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Grant Ordelheide
Dusk on the East Inlet Trail near Grand Lake, Colorado Wikimedia Commons
Gem Lake on Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park Gloria Wadzinski
Sky Pond with “Shark’s Tooth” formation. Steven Bratman via Flickr
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 Depositphotos
An aerial view of Lake Fontana in North Carolina Depositphotos
Ramsey Cascades Ron Jones via Flickr
Clingmans Dome, Tennessee’s highest point iStock
Look Rock Overlook. Nearby is Look Rock Tower for an even higher viewpoint. Gloria Wadzinski
Cascades on the Kephart Prong Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Depositphotos
The Smoky Mountain Hiking Club Cabin near Porters Flat in Greenbrier. Brian Stansberry via Wikimedia Commons
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 Adobe Stock
The sunset view at the Fiery Furnace Overlook in Arches National Park Depositphotos
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Adobe Stock
Spires of Devils Garden in Arches National Park Adobe Stock
“Park Avenue” in Arches National Park Depositphotos
Stream in Grandstaff Canyon near Moab, Utah. Randy Peters via Flickr
Tower Arch in Arches National Park Depositphotos
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
Cedar Ridge on the South Kaibab Trail. Photo by NPS Michael Quinn
Indian Gardens deep inside the Grand Canyon. Grant Ordelheide
Santa Maria Spring on Hermit Trail in the Grand Canyon. Grant Ordelheide
Hopi House on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by NPS Michail Quinn
Biking on the Rim Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon Grant Ordelheide
Horseshoe Mesa from Grandview Point in the Grand Canyon. NPS Michael Quinn
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
Hikers on the Mount Washburn Trail in Yellowstone. Grant Ordelheide
Fairy Falls in Yellowstone. Elisabeth Kwak
Wraith Falls James St. John via Flickr
Storm Point on Yellowstone Lake. Photo by Upstate Dave via Flickr with permission
Hikers on Avalanche Peak in Yellowstone. NPS Diane Renkin
Trout Lake in Yellowstone. Photo via Flickr Always Shooting
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.