Experience the best the south has to offer: a shoreline hike in Florida, stargazing in North Carolina, and spelunking in Kentucky.
Your region's go-now guide: Explore New York City, hike four states in 24 hours, and perfect days in NC, GA, and NH.
Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.
Discover a higher world.
Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.
Our prolific map contributor has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and notched more than 90 bag nights while scouting routes for BACKPACKER.
Hike these long trails in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida, and paddle three days in the Everglades backcountry.
Your favorite Southeast trips—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Relax in a hiker-friendly lodge at the Appalachian Trail's southern tip.
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.
Thru-hike America's most revered long trail: the Appalachian Trail.
See North America's deepest river gorge, the west's most violent mating Display, and the Southeast's last longleaf pines.
Walk beneath trees that predate the Revolutionary War.
The best hikes near Atlanta, GA.
The best local hikes in the southeast, as chosen by the area's best hiking clubs.
Climb to two killer views, see the South's best flowers, and hike to secluded falls. (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.
Hit the trail, then hit the oh-so-soft mattress at one of these hiker-friendly lodges.
Trek to an off-the-grid bunkhouse.
Online or via your cellphone these trips are ready to be downloaded and explored.
Washington, Arkansas, and Georgia are host to these three life-list phenomena treks.
Disappear into the largest–and probably the wettest–wilderness east of the Mississippi.
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.
Use our comprehensive state-specific pages to find hikes in your home state our a state you're planning on visiting.
Thirty miles up the trail from Springer Mountain, Winton Porter shelters and feeds thru-hikers–and works tirelessly to slash their pack weight.
Nine ways to get your cascade fix from Tennessee to Montana.
From Florida to Wyoming, track wild horses for four hours or 10 days.
Track the sun on these 2-4 day trips in the Southeast, Southwest, and Hawaii
By foot, kayak, or on top of a Boulder, North Georgia has plenty of outside activities.
Hiking, climbing, and fishing in this New South boomtown.
Discover the beauty of our most southern states by paddling down Carolina rivers, camping out beside Alabama waterfalls, and climbing a 3,792-foot summit in Georgia.
Come visit this Cherokee named place of fresh green.
Only in 400,000 acres of wet backcountry will you find the oldest bird
A thousand-foot-deep gorge is the centerpiece of this tri-state park.
Learn the weird science behind our addiction to waterfalls, and the location of the best trails in North America.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Georgia.
Take along your plant guidebooks for this flora-filled treasure.
The famed peaks of the Appalachian chain entice some 2,500 people to attempt the thru-hike each year.
History is carved in stone in this wild and scenic southern river corridor in North Carolina and Georgia.
A slice of Utah canyon in the heart of Dixie.
The Purple Trail through Chase Prairie or the Green or Red Trails through Floyd's Prairie are good routes for viewing Sandhill cranes.
The little-known Cheaha Wilderness Area is the gateway to Alabama's largest trail system.
Why choose between breezy peaks and cool streams when you can have both at Big Frog Wilderness?
Cumberland Island's south shore provides remarkably pristine beaches and mossy forests.
Get lost on Georgia's Duncan Ridge Trail.