Map: America’s Best Long Trails

Plan your next big hike with this map of America's best long trails.

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Creating a thru-hike-worthy trail ranks as one of the hardest challenges in the outdoors. It takes decades to wrangle government agencies, assemble crews, raise money, and establish an organization to maintain the whole project. It’s a wonder we have any long trails at all. Yet not only do we have long trails, we’ve got a country of them. Of course, there’s the Triple Crown—the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail—and dozens more, spanning tens of thousands of miles. Start your search here if you want to hike for six days or six months.

Get Ready for Your First Thru-Hike

Whether it’s 100 or 3,000 miles long, tackling your first-ever true long trail can be an intimidating challenge. Get prepared for it with help from Backpacker’s long-trail resources.

Originally published in 2015; last updated August 2023

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