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Arizona Trail - by DerekGiven the boundless diversity of trails and landscapes, the United States can safely be labelled the hiker's Walhalla. In the U.S. you can truly get lost in the expansive wilderness areas. Meetings with black bears, grizzly bears and vipers are common. Camping out in the wild is a rule rather than an exception. European hikers - thoroughly spoilt with B&B's, mountain huts and gites d'etappe - will be thrown back into reality here.

The U.S. is where the tradition of long distance hiking started. As main eye-catcher, the Appalachian Trail runs for over 2000 miles through 14 eastern states, and was laid out as early as 1937. In fact it was a major inspiration for the first British long distance trail, the Pennine Way. Many legendary thru-hikers have left their tracks on the slopes of the Appalachians.

The most important hiking trails in the U.S. received the status of "National Scenic Trail". There is also a category of so-called National Historic Trails, but these are not really hiking trails. Third are the National Recreational Trails, of which there are several thousand. Most of these measure only a couple of miles, although some continue for a hundred miles or more, and often hikers will share the trail with bikers and riders. And there is more. Countless long distance trails lack a national status, but are no less beautiful or important.

The National Scenic Trails (NST), "designation for protected areas in the United States that consist of trails of particular natural beauty", and the most important long distance hiking trails are the following (take note: the construction many trails is by no means completed. Over time, gaps are being closed, extensions are added, and long stretches exist on paper only):

  • American Discovery Trail (6356 miles 10229 km)
  • Appalachian Trail - the first, 1937 (2100 miles 3380 km) NST
  • Arizona Trail (817 miles 1315 km) NST
  • California Coastal Trail (1200 miles 1930 km)
  • Continental Divide Trail (3100 miles, 4990 km) NST
  • East Coast Greenway (2500 miles 4000 km)
  • Florida Trail (1400 miles 2300 km) NST
  • Great Eastern Trail (1600 miles 2575 km)
  • Great Western Trail (3100 miles, 4990 km)
  • Ice Age Trail (1000 miles 1600 km) NST
  • Idaho Centennial Trail (1200 miles 1931 km)
  • New England Trail (220 miles 354 km) NST
  • North Country Trail (4600 miles 7400 km)
  • Pacific Crest Trail (2638 miles 4240 km) NST
  • Pacific Northwest Trail (1200 miles 1930 km) NST
  • Potomac Heritage Trail (700 miles 1127 km) NST


This list covers already 34399 miles or 55360 km!

Longer hiking trails than the above do exist, but consist of shorter trails strung together. For instance the Eastern Continental Trail (5400 miles 8700 km) or the International Appalachian Trail, extending into Canada.

All trails differ widely in terms of landscape, terrain and demands made on the hiker. On the one extreme you will find spectacular and challenging trails like the Pacific Crest Trail, following the Eastern Sierras, Cascades and other mountain ranges from Mexico to Canada. If you're looking for something easier, try the Florida Trail. In urban areas you will find so-called "greenways", a green corridor. For the ultimate survival experience, get dropped in Alaska to find your own way home through the wilderness.

Hiking in the U.S. is not restricted to long distance trails. In the many National and State Parks or Forests you will generally find extensive networks of trails. National Parks do get crowded, so avoid visitors centres and roads and trek into the less accessible parts. Within many parks, separate and secluded wilderness areas exist where hikers are welcome, sometimes with permit. The lesser known National Forests, State Forests and BLM Lands are no less interesting, often larger and more quiet.

The choice of landscapes is unlimited, ranging from tropical rain forests in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and subtropical hiking in the Everglades National Park, to the prairies of the Badlands National Park and canyons in the Grand Canyon of Hells Canyon National Park.Some parks, notably the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Nez Perce National Forest and the Wenatchee National Forest each have thousands of miles of trails. Alaska has the largest nationale park, Wrangell-St. Elias, about the size of Croatia (55.000 sq. Km) and the highest mountain, Mt. McKinley (20320 ft 6194 m).

The most beautiful (consequently the busiest) parks are:

  • Yosemite National Park (California)
  • Yellowstone National Park  (Wyoming)
  • Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
  • Rocky Mountains National Park (Colorado)
  • Glacier National Park (Montana)
  • Olympic National Park (Washington)
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park (California)
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina, Tennessee)

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  • Simple Gestures
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  • Conversations Across Our America
  • In the summer of 2007, Louis G. Mendoza set off on a bicycle trip across the United States with the intention of conducting a series of interviews along the way. Wanting to move beyond the media`s limited portrayal of immigration as a conflict between newcomers and ”citizens,” he began speaking with people from all walks of life about their... Read more
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  • The Nation's Fiscal Health
  • In addition to near term financing decisions, a broader plan is needed to putthe government on a more sustainable long-term path. This report illuminatesthis need by outlining the fiscal condition of the U.S. government and itsfuture path based on current fiscal policies. It draws on the recently issuedFiscal Year 2016 Financial Report of the... Read more
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  • In addition to near term financing decisions, a broader plan is needed to putthe government on a more sustainable long-term path. This report illuminatesthis need by outlining the fiscal condition of the U.S. government and itsfuture path based on current fiscal policies. It draws on the recently issuedFiscal Year 2016 Financial Report of the... Read more
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  • Seattle Birds
  • One of the best spots for urban birding is Discovery Park, 534 acres just three miles north of Seattle's downtown, with over 270 species of birds. Seattle Birds will help to identify over 140 familiar species with detailed illustrations. Created and printed in the USA, this guide was updated in 2012 with a new cover design and a back panel map... Read more
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  • Yiddish
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  • Walking Along with You in America
  • Walking along with you in America Beginning at 1980s, many Chinese young students came to the United States with different dreams and hopes. They were far away from their homes, families and friends, struggled for surviving and development in a foreign country. In China, going aboard was like a big wave in the ocean. She, Chen Shuang, a newly... Read more
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  • Walking Along with You in America
  • Walking along with you in America Beginning at 1980s, many Chinese young students came to the United States with different dreams and hopes. They were far away from their homes, families and friends, struggled for surviving and development in a foreign country. In China, going aboard was like a big wave in the ocean. She, Chen Shuang, a newly... Read more
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  • Bobby's Open
  • TIMES BRITISH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 201325th June 1926. Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club is hosting the world's oldest and most prestigious golf tournament - The Open Championship. A stellar field of players has assembled from both sides of the Atlantic hoping to claim victory, including Walter Hagen, Harry Vardon and a rising young amateur... Read more
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  • Mountain and High Desert Hideaways
  • A hideaway is a place where architecture and landscape, amenities and ambience conspire to delightthe glow of red rocks and adobe at dawn, a horse and rider, a desert sunset, a ski lodge dwarfed by a rugged mountain backdrop, a soaring atrium of Ponderosa pine and stone, a Navajo blanket covering a bed, a fire burning in an adobe... Read more
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  • Mountain and High Desert Hideaways
  • A hideaway is a place where architecture and landscape, amenities and ambience conspire to delightthe glow of red rocks and adobe at dawn, a horse and rider, a desert sunset, a ski lodge dwarfed by a rugged mountain backdrop, a soaring atrium of Ponderosa pine and stone, a Navajo blanket covering a bed, a fire burning in an adobe... Read more
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  • Dinosaur National Monument UT/CO
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  • Los Angeles Borch
  • Laminated and waterproof map for visitors to Los Angeles, combining a selection of street plans and a road map to cover the LA conurbation as a whole plus its most visited parts in greater detail. An overview street plan of the city at 1:60,000 extends from Santa Monica and the International Airport inland to Pasadena and San Gabriel, naming... Read more
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  • World & Flags Hema Political Pacific-Centred
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  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Virgin Islands - Maagden eilanden | Borch
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  • Mojave National Preserve CA NGS Trails Illustrated Map 256
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  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Zuidoost USA - Southeast USA | Borch
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  • Marco Island - Ten Thousand Islands FL
  • Marco Island - Ten Thousand Islands Coastal Recreation Map at 1:40,000 from the National Geographic in their extensive series of GPS compatible maps of USA’s national and state parks or forests and other popular recreational areas. Cartography based on the national topographic survey, with additional tourist information. Coverage includes... Read more
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  • Ten Thousand Islands
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Topographic MapNational Geographic's Marco Island - Ten Thousand Islands Coastal Recreation map is the ideal companion for adventures along shore and on the water.National Geographic's new family of Coastal Recreation maps are two-sided, waterproof maps designed specifically for recreation along America's most... Read more
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  • Ten Thousand Islands
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