The climbs on the Black Forest Trail are serious—but then again, so is the scenery.
When it's finished, this in-progress long trail will let hikers take a stroll up the Appalachians without battling the AT's crowds.
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Colton Point State Park, Pennsylvania
Start on the 1,000 Steps Trail and then continue up Jacks Mountain to Shorb's Summit for a grand vista.
Tour lava beds, painted dunes, and a dormant volcano on this 12-mile hike in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Enjoy “the best waterfall hike in the East” on this 3.4-mile loop in Ricketts Glen State Park, which travels past 21 named cascades.