Combine the best of car camping (spacious tents, comfy chairs, frosty margaritas!) and the best of backpacking (deep solitude, outrageous scenery, swimming holes!) with these 17 accessible hideaways.
Upgrade your winter fun at these 8 beginner-friendly, expert-ready spots.
Snag Big Apple skyline views, tackle four peaks in a day, rack up waterfalls, hike through history on the AT, and climb Vermont's highest peak.
Climb to an expansive view of green rollers that inspired two long trails.
Head out on one of these trails in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
For sheltered scenery high above the trees, there's no better place than a fire tower. Try one of these editor-approved hikes to backcountry rooms with a view.
See Yosemite's river of ice, witness there-and-gone meteor showers in Hawaii, and mark your calendar for eight more fleeting natural wonders.
Hit the leaf jackpot on these classic footpaths.
Paddle to Maryland's Assateague Island; pack an ice axe for the Presidentials.
The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.
Free Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. Also: gear checklists, driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store.
Your favorite Northeast hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Northeast.
Nine ways to see Vermont's Green Mountains
Traverse the first long trail in Vermont.
We've covered 245,591 miles of trails in our 37-year history. Here are our 20 all-time favorite trips, plus—shocking!—20 routes we never covered.
The best hikes near Burlington.
The best hikes, as recommended by the best hiking clubs in the Northeast.
Hike across a state, gain the country's best foliage view, and top alpine balds. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Our army of reader-reader scouts mapped 59 local hikes from South Carolina to Northern California. See their favorites, then learn how to download tracklogs and waypoints.
Hike amongst the trees in these Washington, California, and Vermont hikes.
This 15-mile section of the Long Trail traces the spine of Vermont's Green Mountains.
Who knows the secret trails and must-do classics in every corner of the country? Our teams of regional experts, recruited from the ranks of readers like you. Here are their top hikes from coast to coast.
A state high point, killer foliage, and a hike loaded with waterfalls
22 falls in a one day. Need we say more?
Bag New York's high point and two other big peaks.
Hike to a crowd-free view of the ocean.
Ogle fiery color in the Green Mountains.
Explore the Appalachian Trail's wildest stretch.
Scramble to the Catskills' highest peaks.
Is the reward always equal to the effort? Uh...maybe, says this bloodied, bruised, and bandaged reader.
Lost? Murdered? When the wilderness swallows people without a trace, who's to say what happened?
Online or via your cellphone these trips are ready to be downloaded and explored.
From dawn-to-dusk epics in Utah canyons to lazy-picnic blueberry strolls in Maine–plus hikes to peaks, redwoods, hot springs, beaches, and more–here are 100 ways to spend a perfect day on the trail.
First, check out our tips for healthy hiking on steep terrain in the May 2009 issue then, put them to the test on one of our favorite high-angle trails from California to North Carolina.
Home to the White Mountains, the Appalachian Trail, and easily reachable urban trail networks like Boston's Emerald Necklace, this densely-populated region is small in size but big on recreational potential.
Sample the best section of the country's first thru-hike.
Want a backcountry room with a view? Climb these lookouts from Vermont to Washington.
Hike this burly wonder to find out what inspired the Appalachian and Long Trail's founders.
Live life on the edge as your dayhike three vertiginous ridges in Arizona, Vermont, and Colorado.
The Long Trail offers steep climbs and solitude-and a whiff of border intrigue.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Vermont.
The challenge of Vermont's Long Trail will cure what ails you.
If land has a personality, then Vermont's 270-mile Long Trail is one moody, unpredictable way to hike through New England.
Enjoy Vermont's autumn colors while you can -- they disappear all too quickly, and the Green Mountains recover their namesake hue in the spring.
Burnt Rock Mountain provides great views along Vermont's Long Trail.