The body does weird stuff on the trail. We rounded up the experts to answer our burning questions about hiker physiology.
While the park still doesn’t have an entrance fee, it’s going to get a little more expensive soon.
If you haven’t snagged a reservation to the growing list of timed-entry parks, it might seem like a trip there this summer is out of the cards. But fret not—we found some legal ways to visit.
Hiking a long trail is a challenge no matter who you are. But not everyone is equally able to make the compromises it requires.
True tales from the front lines—and behind the scenes—of America's national parks.
These hiking mistakes are as common as can be—but there's no excuse for making them.
Hit up one of these 7 hikes for a late-season color show.
Ghosts, serial killers, and abandoned towns: These spooky-season hikes hit harder than your average Halloween attraction.
We've made the mistakes so you don't have to.
Why this lesser-known trail in northern Arkansas should be your next thru-hike.
One of the windiest hikes in the world is no slouch on views, either.
These products will keep you protected and prepared on high-alpine treks.
Forget Yellowstone or Yosemite: One of the highest concentrations of bears in the U.S. lives right here in the Appalachians.
More miles means there's more to see when you go bikepacking off the grid.
With more than 100 miles of hiking trails, there’s no shortage of exploring to be done in this West Virginia getaway, which became America’s 63rd national park in December 2020. A local shows you how it’s done.
Hiking isn’t all gorgeous sunsets and glowing campfires, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at Instagram. And for people just getting into backpacking, that matters.
[Member Exclusive] You don’t need to renew your passport to make memories this year: Get out and get hiking with these phenomenal, uncrowded destinations.
The trail is for all shapes and sizes, and these designers know it.
Spy animals and one beautiful dawn by carefully timing your hike along the Grandview Rim Trail.
Pisgah National Forest blankets the southern Appalachians, and at the heart of all that greenery there’s a backwoods gem—a forest within a forest. The 18,479-acre Shining Rock Wilderness protects an East Coast paradise of waterfalls, mountaintop views, and remote trails.
Some of the best wilderness in the country has no trail at all. Grab a paddle and get ready for the ultimate summer on the water with these 11 trips down National Wild and Scenic Rivers.
This week, BACKPACKER is putting the focus on the women of hiking. Guest editor Kassondra Cloos explains why that matters.
From burly leather boots to a useful multitool, these are our favorite pieces of gear this season.
The Department of the Interior's plan to open up more of America's waters for drilling has conservation groups worried, but the government agency in charge says their concern is misplaced. What does the future hold for coastal parks?
Yes, 'springing forward' means it's dark an hour later. But that just means you've got more time to catch the sunrise from one of these four perfect lookouts.
Nine-year-old Christian "Buddy Backpacker" Thomas completed the Continental Divide Trail this year to claim the title.
Heather Bolint, 1,124 miles into her hike, came across a fancy rooster near the Mason-Dixon Line. She carried him 42 miles to safety.
More and more people are hiking all 1,420 miles of AMC's "Guide to the Paths and Camps in the White Mountains."
The Land and Water Conservation Fund has bought land for national parks and long trails, and doesn't cost taxpayers a thing. So why does the White House want to cut it?
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia
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