Bust out beyond the beltway.
Sample the best of our crown-jewel lands on these superlative trips.
Kentucky's Land Between The Lakes, see a South Carolina swamp (without the bugs), hike through four states in one huge day, and more.
Your region's go-now guide: Explore New York City, hike four states in 24 hours, and perfect days in NC, GA, and NH.
Check out the River Trail in South Carolina, the Florida Trail, or a loop in Mississippi and Virginia.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Your region's go-now guide
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.
See Shenandoah's tallest waterfall, traverse secluded ridgelines, score cliff-top panoramas, swim beneath falls, and walk through wildflowers and oak stands on the Florida Trail.
Score quiet views of the southern Virginia highlands on this lush loop.
Ten trails. Ten unmatched miles each. Get maximum bang for each boot step on hikes that our most-traveled contributors call their all-time favorites.
Circle an upland swamp rich with views, solitude, and wild edibles.
Stand atop The Mountain State's most famous peak.
Escape Skyline Drive to discover secret summits and hidden valleys.
Watch your step on Utah' Highline Trail. The nonstop views and rampant wildlife are distractingly spectacular. Plus: Gaze away on 9 more elevated hikes.
Your favorite Appalachians hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Appalachians.
From routes to food to post-hike brewski, we've got your weekend backpacking plans dialed. This week, we've got three killer adventures in Kings Canyon, Shenandoah, and the Grand Canyon. Ready? Read. Rip. Go!
Find the best skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter camping trips in the U.S.
Hike through waterfall spray to a rarely summited grassy bald.
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.
Ramble through brilliant red and yellow fall foliage.
The best hikes near Roanoke, VA.
The best hikes near Richmond, VA.
The best local hikes in the southeast, as chosen by the area's best hiking clubs.
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.
Colossal trees, sweet swimming holes, and the USA's best picnic spot.
See big water, massive trees, and tiny amphibians.
Celebrate the arrival of summer with an unrivaled circus of color.
Have a picnic on one of the Southeast's biggest balds.
Bag four scenic peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
See wild, historic surprises in the Sunshine State.
See a Great White North south of the Mason-Dixon.
Lose the leaf-peeping crowds on this quiet ramble above Virginia's loftiest canopies of color.
Pack up your brood for a day in the outdoors with these kid-friendly trails.
Ten perfect summits for your next group hike
Get big views and rack up long miles with these close-to-home adventures.
A quick guide to the best acres, trails, and views.
A two-day, 17-mile zigzag along blueberry-lined mountain ridges will give you a dose of the 24,000-acre "Crown Jewel of the Monongahela," threatened by oil and gas drilling.
Does your kid want to be an ice climber? How about a thru-hiker, or paddler? These cities have just what you need.
Which towns offer the ideal mix of accessible trails, inspiring teachers, and great recreational resources? We worked with The Outdoor Foundation to identify America's top 25 places to beat nature deficit disorder.
From Boulder to Juneau to Bozeman, see which cities made the cut for the best place to raise an outdoor kid, and why.
Accessible national forests like the George Washington and Jefferson surround national park gems like Great Smoky and Shenandoah in a southern terrain that varies dramatically from Florida's Everglades to West Virginia's wilderness.
For one soul-searching hiker, Grayson Highlands stirs powerful memories.
Catch this national park's brightest fall foliage on a short stroll or an all-day epic.
We've got your Appalachian Trail packing list dialed. Here, take stock of what you'll need to thru-hike the trail. Just print it out and get packing.
In this ultimate guide to the country's favorite footpath, you'll find our picks for the best hiking and camping, and a complete plan for thru-hikers. Plus, meet a man who has made it his job to help AT hikers.
Stay dry on spring treks in Minnesota, New Mexico, and more.
Discover a slice of rare Eastern wild country in West Virginia, where Canadian taiga meets Southern forests.
From Florida to Wyoming, track wild horses for four hours or 10 days.
Find spectacular views and deep solitude on this weekend hike.
Here's your chance to uncover secret paths in this popular park.
Allow the plants to color the landscape as you make your way along the trail.
Watch out for rough weather and serpentine-like roads as you drive up to this highpoint.
Waterfalls abound on this great 8.2 mile loop.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in West Virginia.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Virginia.
In Virginia, a miracle occurs and hikers get some new wilderness, thanks to The Priest.
Near-complete isolation just a few miles from Virginia Beach.
Classic eastern mountain scenery along West Virginia's skyline pathway.
Pine Mountain and Wilson Ridge command high-country vistas stretching across rock-strewn meadows.
When hiking on Virginia's high, exposed heath balds in late summer, leave gorp and other snacks at home.
All along the 23-mile Shenandoah Mountain trail and in the forested areas throughout the Appalachian Mountains, vernal pools are rich aquatic breeding grounds.
Eyeball to beak with impressively taloned hawks in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest.
Trail goers can experience a whole new world by hiking Virginia's newly renovated Lion's Tale Trail.
Hike this gorgeous, mountainous section of Virginia's Appalachian Trail.
Birds and deer are your only companions on this stretch of the Allegheny Trail.
The 50-mile-long Massanutten range in Virginia may be D.C.'s top-secret hiking getaway.
Challenge and a hint of risk are part and parcel in Ramseys Draft Wilderness.