USA Hiking Trails

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The Triple Crown of Hiking informally refers to the three major U.S. long-distance hiking trails:

Appalachian Trail: 2,193 miles (3,529 km), between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine and traversing North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Pacific Crest Trail: 2,654 miles (4,270 km), between Mexico and Canada following the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range and traversing Washington, Oregon, and California.

Continental Divide Trail: 3,100 miles (5,000 km), between Mexico and Canada following the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains and traversing Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Wikipedia Website

North Country National Scenic Trail NPS - 4,600 miles

219 E. Main St
Lowell, MI 49331
Phone: (616) 319-7906
Description: VT, NY, PA, OH, MI, WI, MN, ND
NPS Website

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail - 3,700 miles

601 Riverfront Dr.
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 661-1804
Description: IL, MO, KS, IA, NE, SD, ND, MT, ID, OR, WA

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail - 3,100 miles

760 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: (202) 208-3801
Description: The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
BLM Website

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail - 3,000 miles

P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690
Phone: (757) 898-3400
Description: DE, MD, VA, DC
Wikipedia Website

Old Spanish National Historic Trail - 2,700 miles

1100 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 988-6098
Description: NM, CO, UT, AZ, NV, CA

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - 2,650 miles

1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
Phone: (707) 562-8737
Description: CA, OR, WA

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail - 2,580 miles

1100 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 988-6098
Description: TX, LA

Appalachian National Scenic Trail - 2,191 miles

P.O. Box 50
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone: (304) 535-6278
Description: GA, NC, TN, VA, WV, MD, PA, NJ, NY, CT, MA, VT, NH, ME

The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail - 1,300 miles

1100 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 988-6098
Description: IL, IA, NE, WY, UT

Mormon Trail Wikipedia Website

Florida National Scenic Trail - 1,300 miles

325 John Knox Road, Suite F-100
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 523-8501
Description: The Florida National Scenic Trail, better known as the Florida Trail, is a federally-designated, non-motorized recreation trail that meanders approximately 1,500 miles across some of the most beautiful, unique landscapes in the entire country.

National Recreation Trails database Website

California National Historic Trail - 1,665 miles

1100 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 988-6098
Description: More of an auto route, it does have some hiking trails as well.
NPS Website

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Be Safe, Be Smart

Tell somebody where you are going and when you plan to return, in case you get injured or lost. Best to inform the rangers and your friends.

The 7 Principles

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard.
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List of long-distance trails in the US

Description: Long distance Trails, 1,000+ miles
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Best trails in United States of America

Description: Ready to check out the best trails in the United States of America? AllTrails has 73,902 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you.

Please observe the following safety tips

  • Do not leave children unsupervised.

  • Please stay on the developed trail.

  • Be careful when walking the trail.  Watch your step & stay away from steep grades.

  • Be aware that poisonous snakes & stinging insects may be encountered.

  • Enjoy wildlife & plant life by looking at it. Take only memories & leave only footprints.

  • Please carry out all trash & litter.

American Hiking Society

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. As the national voice for hikers, American Hiking Society recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment. We represent millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations.
AHS website

Hiker Survives 4 Days Without Food: What Food You Need to Survive

If you're planning a hiking or backpacking trip in the near future (it is camping weather, after all), we've rounded up backpacking tips and what food essentials to pack from Wild Backpacker and

  • Don't skimp on the calories. You should pack about 3,000 to 4,000 calories per person, per day — that's about 1 to 2 pounds per person. Dehydrated foods can provide tasty meals while lightening the load.

  • Carbs and fruits are your friends. Why? They provide an essential energy boost, crucial for long hikes and hungry nights. Pack some granola, energy bars, candy, and gorp.

  • Get your daily value of protein, too. The amino acids are essential for metabolism, and therefore for producing your body's energy.

  • Potato chips and greasy snacks aren't just good snacks; they're also fire-starters should you run out of matches — pack a few extra bags, just in case.

  • The ultimate survival food kit: beef jerky, nut mixes (unsalted), and PowerBars.

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The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,184 miles  long. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions traverse towns, roads and cross rivers.

The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Many books, memoirs, web sites and fan organizations are dedicated to this pursuit. An unofficial extension known as the International Appalachian Trail, continues north into Canada and to the end of the range, where it enters the Atlantic Ocean.

The Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail form what is known as the Triple Crown of long distance hiking in the United States.
Source: Wikipedia

Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (in short Continental Divide Trail) is a United States National Scenic Trail running 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. In Montana it crosses Triple Divide Peak which separates the Hudson Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean drainages.

In 2004, the trail, which is a combination of dedicated trails and small roads, was considered 70% complete. The uncompleted portions of the trail must be traveled by bushwhacking or roadwalking.

Only about two dozen people a year attempt to hike the entire trail, taking about six months to complete it. As of 2008, no equestrians have managed to ride the entire trail in a single year, although several "long riders" have tried.German long distance rider Günter Wamser (on his way from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska, and Austrian Sonja Endlweber (who joined him for the rest of the journey from Mexico) managed to complete the tour with four Bureau of Land Management mustangs in three summers 2007–2009.

In 2007, Francis Tapon became the first person to do a round backpacking trip "Yo-Yo" on the Continental Divide Trail when he thru-hiked from Mexico to Canada and back to Mexico along the CDT and needed 7 months to finish it.

The Continental Divide Trail along with the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail form the Triple Crown of long distance hiking in the United States.

This trail can be continued above the Canadian border to Kakwa Lake north of Jasper National Park by the Great Divide Trail, which is so far described only in a few books and carries no official Canadian status.

Source: Wikipedia

Francis Tapon's CDT Yo-Yo hike - a website of the first person who made a round-trip on the CDT. website

Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail (commonly referred to as the PCT, and occasionally designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) is a long-distance mountain hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range, which lie 100 to 150 miles east of the U.S. Pacific coast. The trail's southern terminus is on the U.S. border with Mexico, and its northern terminus is in British Columbia, Canada; its corridor through the U.S. is in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington.

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,663 mi long and ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon-Washington border to 13,153 feet at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks. It was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although it was not officially completed until 1993. The PCT was conceived by Clinton C. Clarke in 1932. It received official status under the National Trails System Act of 1968.

The route is mostly through National Forest and protected wilderness. The trail avoids civilization, and covers scenic and pristine mountainous terrain with few roads. It passes through the Laguna, San Jacinto, San Bernardino, San Gabriel, Liebre, Tehachapi, Sierra Nevada, and Klamath ranges in California, and the Cascade Range in California, Oregon, and Washington states.

A parallel route for bicycles, the Pacific Crest Bicycle Trail (PCBT) is a 2,500 mile route designed to closely parallel the PCT on roads. The PCT and PCBT cross in about 27 places along their routes.

Source: Wikipedia

North Country Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT), which stretches approximately 4,600 miles from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea in central North Dakota in the United States, is the longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails authorized by Congress. Like its sister trails, it was designed to provide peaceful recreational opportunities in some of the America's outstanding landscapes. As of 2010, over 2,100 miles have been certified.

The NCT is administered by the National Park Service, managed by federal, state, and local agencies, and built and maintained primarily by the volunteers of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and its partners. The 28 chapters of the NCTA, its 3,200+ members and each affiliate organization have assumed responsibility for trail construction and maintenance of a specific section of the NCT.

Passing through the seven states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan (where it traverses the Lower Peninsula from the Ohio border to Mackinaw City and the Upper Peninsula from St. Ignace to Ironwood),[1] Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota, the NCT connects more than 160 public land units, including parks, forests, scenic attractions, wildlife refuges, game areas, and historic sites. The list includes:

Ten National Forest areas (Finger Lakes in New York, Allegheny in Pennsylvania, Wayne in Ohio, Manistee, Hiawatha, and Ottawa in Michigan, Chequamegon in Wisconsin, Superior and Chippewa in Minnesota and Sheyenne National Grassland in North Dakota)
Four areas of the National Park Service (Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Wisconsin's St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, New York's Fort Stanwix National Monument, and Ohio's Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park)

Source: Wikipedia