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The Best U.S. States for Hiking  

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This is a ranked list of the best U.S. states for hiking as voted on by men and women. These states include Oregon, Utah, Tennessee, Hawaii and more. Some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the country are included on this ranked list. This list answers the question, “what are the best US states for hiking?”

Whether you are looking for beautiful mountain ranges, gorgeous bodies of water or luscious greenery, these places offer all the lovely landscapes you could ever wish to trek upon. Many states offer vast hiking routes while other countries offer more simplistic, although equally as gorgeous open landscapes to tread upon. Each of these best states for hiking offer distinct features as well. This list is for those seeking the thrill of being one with the land and discovering new states by foot might.

Whether looking for an extreme activity or a leisurely stroll, these ranked places offer great hiking in every part of the U.S. As a traveler looking for the country’s best hiking you might ask yourself, “Where are best spots to hike around the U.S.?” Well, here we have compiled a list of the very best places for this activity.
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Colorado is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods, Longs Peak, Devil's Head Lookout, Emerald Lake, Quandary Peak.

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Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Rattlesnake Ledge, Lake 22 Trail, Mount Si Trail, Wallace Falls, Snow Lake, Twin Falls

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Utah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Donut Falls Trail, Delicate Arch, The Narrows, Queen's Garden/Navajo Loop Trail, Angel's Landing

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Oregon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Forest Park — Wildwood Trail, Trail of Ten Falls, Multnomah Falls Trail, Romona Falls, Paradise Park at Mt Hood, Ecola State Park

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Alaska is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Denali National Park near Talkeetna, Kenai River Trail, Exit Glacier, Winner Creek, Resurrection Pass, Mount Baldy

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Montana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: The "M" Hiking Trail in Missoula, Ross Creek Cedars Scenic Area, Rosebud Battlefield State Park and National Historic Landmark, Sluice Boxes State Park, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

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Wyoming is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Heart Lake Trail, Teton Crest Trail, Lizard Head Trail, Glacier Trail, Medicine Bow Peak

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Idaho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene, Wilderness Trail to Echo Crater, Upper Priest Lake Trail to Continental Creek Trail, Toxaway to Alice Lake Loop, Sawtooth Lake, Red Mountain Trail

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Maine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Cadillac Mountain, Mt. Katahdin, Table Rock, Mount Battie, Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park

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New Hampshire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking
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Notable hikes: Franconia Notch State Park in Franconia, Mt. Monadnock, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Champney Falls Trail, Appalachian Trail across the Presidential Range, Mt. Willard

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Arizona is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) in Grand Canyon Village. Camelback Mountain, Flat Iron, Browns Peak, Bright Angel Trail

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Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Kalalau Trail, Kaena Point, Diamond Head Trail, Koko Crater Trail, Haiku Stairs, Manoa Falls Trail

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California is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Yosemite Falls Trail, Lands End in San Francisco, Mount Shasta, McWay Waterfall Trail, Sea Lion Point Trail in Point Lobos, 

Fern Canyon at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

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North Carolina is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Summit Calloway Peak in Grandfather Mountain SP, Looking Glass Rock, Green Knob, Deep Gap Trail at Mt. Mitchell State Park, Sam Knob Loop, Linville Falls

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Vermont is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Mt. Mansfield,  Mt. Pisgah, Hamilton Falls, The Long Trail, Camel's Hump, Cantilever Rock

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West Virginia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Cooper's Rock, Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, Lost River, Valley Falls, Dolly Sods

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Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Appalachian Trail, Schuylkill River Trail, The Great Shamokin Path, Lehigh Gorge State Park, Standing Stone Trail

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Michigan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking
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Notable hikes: North Country National Scenic Trail,  Iron Belle Trail, Greenstone Ridge Trail, Lakeshore,  Pictured Rocks, Pyramid Point Trail 

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Virginia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Mary's Rock, Old Rag, Stony Man, Bearfence Mountain, Blackrock Summit, Humpback Rocks.

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New York is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Gorge and Indian Trail in Watkins Glen State Park, Overlook Mountain, Saranac Lake 6er, Mount Marcy, Cascade and Porter Mountains

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Tennessee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Laurel Falls Trail, Alum Cave Bluffs, Cotton Field & Boundary Trail in Stones River National Battlefield/Murfreesboro, Sewanee Perimeter Trail

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Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Two Rivers Park in Little Rock, Whitaker Point Trail, Seven Hollows Trail, Yellow Rock Trail, Butterfield Trail, North Rim Trail, Hemmed-in- Hollow Trail, Lost Valley Trail

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South Carolina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking
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Notable hikes: Fall Creek Falls, Jones Gap State Park and Mountain Bridge Wilderness Preserve. Eastatoe Gorge, Pickens County, Big Rock Mountain in the Nine Times Forest, Pinnacle Mountain, Table Rock State Park, Moonshine Falls. Jumping Off Rock.

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New Mexico is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking
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Notable hikes: Pino Trail, The Gila Loop Trail, Zuni-Acoma Trail, Pine Tree Trail, McCauley Hot Springs, Trampas Lakes Trail

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Maryland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Billy Goat/ Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail Loop, Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail, Cascade Falls Loop Trail, Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail, Avalon Loop Trail.