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Trail Mix: East

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Perfect Days, Bring Your: Sweet Tooth and Hear This Now.

From the Field: East

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Our trail scouts' top local hikes.

Trail Mix: Northeast

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Take in a beautiful waterfall in Pennsylvania, spend the night in of New York's iconic mountain huts, and take a day trip out of NYC.

Trail Mix: Great November Hikes in the East

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Your region's go-now guide: Explore New York City, hike four states in 24 hours, and perfect days in NC, GA, and NH.

Trail Mix: East

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Your region's go-now guide.

Local Hikes

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Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.

Rip & Go: West Rim Trail - Tioga State Forest, PA

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Chase canyon vistas through stands of old-growth hemlock.

Readers' Choice 2012: Your Neck of the Woods - Northeast Hikes

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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.

A Piece of Quiet

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America’s leading advocate of wilderness silence shows the way to Mt. Rainier National Park’s quietest corner. Plus: 9 more campsites with life-list listening.

Local Hikes: Northeast

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Head out on one of these trails in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Local Hikes: Northeast

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Paddle to Maryland's Assateague Island; pack an ice axe for the Presidentials.

Readers' Choice 2011: America's Best Hikes

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The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.

Trip Finder: Northeast

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Your favorite Northeast hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.

Readers' Choice: Northeast

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Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Northeast.

Top 3: Rainy Season Hikes

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Make the best of fall storms on trails that improve with soggy weather.

Less is More: 50-Mile Thru-Hikes

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Ten point-to-point treks with the payoffs of a thru-hike, but hikeable in a week.

Best. Hikes. Ever.

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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.

Best Hikes Ever: Elk Trail, PA

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Track through dense forests ringing with bugling.

Top 3 Rainy Season Hikes: Neshannock Creek, PA

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Cast a fly to land lunker brown trout.

50-Mile Thru-Hikes: Loyalsock Trail, Pennsylvania

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A 59-mile "long trail" through Pennsylvania.

Local Hikes: Philadelphia, PA

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The best hikes near Philly.

Local Hikes: Northeast

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The best hikes, as recommended by the best hiking clubs in the Northeast.

Natural Wonders: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

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Watch 10,000 birds take wing daily.

Natural Wonders: Giant Aspens, Devil's Tower, and Hawk Heaven

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Visit the world's largest aspen colony, the Plains' highest skyscraper, and a raptor super-flyaway.

Top 3 Waterslide Hikes: Meadow Run, PA

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Pass between waterfalls and mossy boulders for this long, gentle slide.

Top 3: Hikes to Natural Waterslides

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Slip and slide into refreshing pools at these backcountry swimming holes.

Local Hikes: New Hikes Near You

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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.

Local Hikes: Northeast

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Hike across a state, gain the country's best foliage view, and top alpine balds. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)

American Classic: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

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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.

Northeast Readers' Choice Hikes

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A state high point, killer foliage, and a hike loaded with waterfalls

Readers' Choice Northeast Hikes: Ricketts Glen State Park, PA

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22 falls in a one day. Need we say more?

Readers' Choice Northeast Hikes: Panther Gorge and Mt. Marcy, Adirondack Park, NY

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Bag New York's high point and two other big peaks.

Readers' Choice Northeast Hikes: Bernard Mountain, Acadia National Park, ME


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Hike to a crowd-free view of the ocean.

Readers' Choice Northeast Hikes: Vermont's Green Mountains Foliage

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Ogle fiery color in the Green Mountains.

Readers' Choice Northeast Hikes: Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness

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Explore the Appalachian Trail's wildest stretch.

Readers' Choice Northeast Hikes: Burroughs Range Loop, Catskill Mountain Preserve, NY

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Scramble to the Catskills' highest peaks.

Top 3 Battlefield Hikes

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Close your eyes and hear the bullets fly: These three routes pass through parks drenched in United States military history.

Undiscovered Hikes: 19 New Trails

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Hike these paths before the masses find them.

Rip & Go: Pennsylvania's Appalachian Trail - From Wind Gap to Delaware Water Gap

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Trek to the New Jersey border along PA's finest section of the AT.

Hike It, Save It: Chestnut Ridge and Tracy Ridge, Pennsylvania

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Oil drilling and vacation homes threaten on of the last Chestnut tree bastions, a 5,191-acre proposed Wilderness Area in the Allegheny National Forest.

Hikes and Trips in US Cities

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Use our comprehensive city-specific pages to find hikes near your hometown or in a city you're planning to visit.

Trip Finder: Indian Summer Hikes

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Fall camping season seems to go on forever with these fair-weather weekend trips.

The Long Trail to Jail

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Is he a pilgrim, a victim, or a thief? The Appalachian Trail provides a path and refuge to all sorts of seekers. Few are as baffling as the man they called Saved.

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

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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.

Go Long In Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands

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On this 70-miler, see rhododendrons by day and hike light by staying in shelters at night.

60-Minute Fixes: Pittsburgh

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Hike, paddle, or ride in America's favorite steel town.

Time To Go: Winter Tracking

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Hit the wilderness in search of beasts big and small.

Backpacking, Paddling, and Biking at the Delaware Water Gap

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Foliage, lazy canoe waters, and high-ride hiking make the Delaware Water Gap a prime fall destination.

The Village: Tioga State Forest, Pennsylvania

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Visit this scary state forest and let your imagination run wild.

Ricketts Glen State Park

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This favorite Pennsylvania destination of our editors is filled with old trees, shale cliffs, wildlife and stunning wildflowers.

Best Backpacking In Pennsylvania

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania's Mid State Trail: Bears And Blueberries

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Pennsylvania: You'll get wet and you may even stand in line behind a black bear or two.

When Pennsylvania Elks Bugle, Love Is In The Air

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The ungodly wailing that sometimes drifts through the dark woods is only an animal.

Pennsylvania: Roaring Run Natural Area

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A precious backcountry jewel amid the hardwood forests.

Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

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A peaceful rest stop in the shadow of the nation's largest city.

Black Forest Trail, PA

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A 42-mile loop through America's version of the Black Forest.

Elk On Pennsylvania's Quehanna Trail

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There are plenty of Bambi's brethren along the Quehanna Trail-if you know where to look.

Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest

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With all of the trail options in Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest, it's hard to pick just one.

Pennsylvania's Hickory Creek Wilderness

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Hickory Creek Wilderness in the Allegheny National Forest remains a great hiking destination all year -- even in winter.

Pennsylvania's Thunder Swamp Trail

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Hiking through wetlands in Pennsylvania? Believe it.

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