This 4.3-mile hike starts at Three Ridges Overlook, then contours wooded Blue Ridge slopes to Dripping Rock—a prime spot to watch the sun drop over pastoral landscapes.
Catch the Jefferson National Forest in peak wildflower bloom on this 27-miler in the Virginia mountains.
Ascend to the second highest point east of the Mississippi on this 8-mile point-to-point that begins at Newfound Gap and winds through misty coniferous forest.
Pass Dartmouth College, hike over Smarts Mountain, and explore thick woodlands on this multi-day, 36-mile trip. Peakbaggers: Several side trails lead to nearby summits.
Hop on the Appalachian Trail at its halfway point and navigate creek crossings and a steep boulder scramble to above-the-trees vistas of Michaux State Forest.
Bag four scenic peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This 7.2-mile out-and-back on the Appalachian Trail visits the Shuckstack Mountain lookout tower for unrivaled views.
Meander through Civil War history on this 10.5-mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Multiple peaks, steep climbs, and open meadows highlight this weeklong trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Appalachian Trail.
Find caribou, moose, and bald eagles on a hut-to-hut trek through the rugged McGerrigle Mountains on this 15.6-mile point-to-point in Parc National de la Gaspésie.
These men and women were photographed as they thru-hiked the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail, from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. They each walked more than 2,000 miles—enduring the Smokies, the Shenandoahs, and the White Mountains—to get
Tackle the Northeast's most remote wilds for bears, moose, and berries.
Find caribou, moose, and bald eagles on a hut-to-hut trek in an undiscovered park.
Stop-motion film "Green Tunnel" takes you through the length of the Appalachian Trail
The Dartmouth Outing Club targets an Appalachian Trail hiking record.
Trek to the New Jersey border along PA's finest section of the AT.
South Carolina governor covered up extramarital affair with Appalachian Trail trip
Find spectacular views and deep solitude on this weekend hike.
Digging, lifting, and sawing in the hot sun take a toll on the body.
Philip Carcia trekked nearly 2,000 miles over 90 days—all in his backyard mountain range.
For his 3-day, fastest known time-setting hike of the JMT, Jeff Garmire had one rule: bring as little as he could carry and still make it to the finish.
People keep falling into outdoor latrines while rescuing lost phones. Our editors list the belongings they would fish out of an outdoor crapper—and which ones they’d leave behind.
Joe McConaughy sets a new Fastest Known Time on the 223-mile John Muir Trail.
Your thru-hike is supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. So why is your mind wandering to literally anywhere else?
The first woman to tick all of the United States' National Scenic Trails spent 20 years on her quest.
From "good old raisins and peanuts" to trail mixes spiced with hot peppers, Michigan cherries, beer nuts, and dried carrots, the ultimate backwoods snack comes your way, courtesy of Backpacker readers.
Want to make your hike better? A little time before you depart will save you a lot of hassle later.
You don’t need to “get in shape” to enjoy hiking season. Here’s how to savor it from the start.
Tag 50 of Appalachia’s highest peaks on this 343-mile route.
Get to know one of the most spectacular long trails in the U.S. with the creators of THRU | The Pacific Northwest.
Green Mountain National Forest will acquire more than 2,000 acres to provide a buffer around the United States’ oldest continuously-used footpath.
When the memories of combat refused to fade, a former army medic found healing in thru-hiking.
The pain I experience while thru-hiking draws me back to the present and makes me more aware of my privilege
Everything changes—even the Pacific Crest Trail. One of the trail's early thru-hikers shares snapshots from his trip up the path in 1985
No one likes hiking in a crowd. Get all of the scenery and less of the lines with these alternatives to the big parks.
What happens when you feed 2,000 actual hikers' trail names into a neural network? We'll let you see for yourself.
There's more than gators and beaches here: Florida has one of the best all-season thru-hikes around.
Two thru-hikers find unexpected trail magic on one of America's lesser-known thru-hikes.
Through two breakups, career changes, and more, the Beaten Path has been a welcome constant—and a yardstick for just how much everything else has shifted.
The trails of Shenandoah National Park have it all, from mountain ridgelines to forested waterfalls to a whole range of thriving wildlife.
Take a long hike, and you’ll find yourself falling in with people decades older and younger than you. There’s good reason for that.
A writer with a few FKTs under her belt ponders whether or not speed enhances or detracts from the experience.
Getting ill on the trail happens, and it can be scary. Here's how to prevent sickness and ride it out when it happens.
If you're thinking of bringing a firearm on a long trail, there are a few things you need to be aware of first.
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Legislation introduced by Representative Joe Neguse would seek finish the CDT by its 50th birthday.
Hint: The strategies may not be as obvious as they seem.
Buy, ship, or check hiker boxes and just hope for the best? Here's how to keep your stove running on your thru-hike.