If you feel nature’s call to go out into the wilderness and explore the path less traveled, you’re not alone. More and more people are taking up hiking than ever before for its incredible benefits of both physical and mental health. To help make your forays into nature easier, we’ve put together this list of some of the best public trails across the United States.
Alaska: Exit Glacier Trail
If you ever find yourself up in the north country, you won’t want to miss trekking through this 1.8 mile-long glacial trail in Kenai Fjords National Park. Located near Seward, this out & back trail is heavily trafficked and puts you face to face with the Exit Glacier in about 15 – 20 minutes from the parking lot. Perfect for all skill levels, this trail lets you observe the beautiful landscape and wildlife of the Alaskan wilderness. Afterwards, you’ll even be able to say you touched a glacier!
California: Tall Trees Grove Loop Trail
This moderate difficulty 3.5-mile loop trail in Redwood National Park is must-see for any nature lover. Your hike will take you through groves of magnificently tall trees, including Hyperion, the tallest tree on the planet! This trail is moderately trafficked and takes you through a pretty remote area of the forest that most people will never get to experience. Just make sure to stop by visitor’s center for a permit and the combination to the access gate before embarking on your adventure.
Florida: Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Boardwalk
Located in the largest state park in Florida is the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, a 2,500 feet-long trail that winds its way from the Fakahatchee Strand swamp to an alligator pond and observation deck. Here, you’ll get to see a variety of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth, including green herons, barred owls and red rat snakes.
Hawaii: Klauea Iki Trail
This close to 3-mile loop trail starts you off in the lush rainforest of the crater’s rim on Hawaii’s Big Island and lets you explore the volcanic features and lush vegetation of Hawaii’s beautiful landscape. Visitors can trek across a solid lava lake and descend down to the still-steaming crater floor for an unforgettable and educational experience.