Go Take a Hike

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir

Time to lace up your hiking boots! Maybe a strenuous trek up a mighty peak is what you’re after. Or maybe you see yourself walking along an ancient trail that our ancestors used. Perhaps meandering down a boardwalk is more your speed. Park staff and volunteers work hard to keep trails safe for visitors and follow conservation laws to help protect our natural resources. National parks offer many opportunities to hit the trail. Get ready, adventure awaits. 

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Watch this short video that highlights some of the benefits of hiking.

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The Benefits of Hiking

Hiking is proven to have many health benefits that comes from being in nature.

A hiker wearing a backpack on a trail at sunset.
Where Can I Hike?

With more than 21,000 combined miles of trails, there are plenty of options to stretch your legs.

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Hiking in Bear Country

Learn how you and bears can stay safe while hiking in bear country.

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Hike Smart

Recreate Responsibly! Get tips on planning your hike, the essential gear you should pack, and how to Hike Smart.

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Hiking with Kids

Taking kids hiking helps them develop a life-long relationship with nature and the great outdoors.

Last updated: July 12, 2021