Every USA State's Best Hiking Trail, Revealed

Alabama: Walls of Jericho, Estillfork

Discover this rugged trail straddling Tennessee, winding over six miles past waterfalls and caves, with a challenging ascent leading to the iconic Walls of Jericho limestone formation. Dogs are welcome.

Alaska: Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park

Explore one of the USA's major icecaps on this challenging eight-mile round-trip hike starting in lush valleys and ascending to heather meadows, offering breathtaking views of the ice field.

Arizona: Devil's Bridge Trail, Coconino National Forest

Hike to Sedona's largest natural sandstone arch on a moderate 1.8-mile trail, enjoying panoramic views and requiring either a Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass for access. Dogs must be leashed.

Arkansas: Lost Valley Trail, Buffalo National River

Escape the crowds on weekdays to enjoy this easy 2.1-mile trek through forests, natural bridges, leading to Eden Falls and Cobb Cave. Be prepared for some creek crossings.

California: Eaton Canyon Trail, Pasadena

Ideal for all skill levels, this three-mile trail near Pasadena features a 40-foot waterfall and vistas of San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains. Popular on weekends; carry plenty of water.

Colorado: Maroon Bells Scenic Loop Trail, White River National Forest

Enjoy stunning views of Maroon Lake and wildflower meadows on this easy loop trail. For solitude, try Maroon Creek Trail, a seven-mile round-trip offering equally majestic scenery.

Connecticut: Bear Mountain Trail, Mount Riga State Park

A challenging 4.6-mile hike leading to the state's highest peak, Bear Mountain. Spectacular views compensate for steep sections. Nearby trails offer less demanding options.

Delaware: Walking Dunes Trail, Cape Henlopen State Park

Experience wetlands, forests, and the Great Dune's 80-foot sand hill on this 2.6-mile loop trail ending at a picturesque ocean view. Camping is permitted at this scenic beachfront location.