Hiking in the eastern states: best routes

The Appalachian Trail is the best option for those hiking in the eastern states ... photo by CC user Paulbalegend on wikimedia

                                                                       

Hiking in the US means that you have a wide variety of destinations. Narrowing down your choices can be difficult, but here are a few trails located among the eastern states that you might want to consider for your next trip:

The Great Smoky Mountains

You can hike here all year round. Because of the southern location, it escapes the same level of cold weather that the more northerly states get. With more than 800 trails to choose from, you could be here for some time unless you do some research before your trip. Many people love the hike to the top of Mount Cammerer, a 12-mile trail that guarantees great views. Alternatively, you could opt for Chimney Tops, one of the national park’s most popular trails. This is a four-mile hike, also with great views, but you need to be prepared for a climb. The mountains stretch throughout Tennessee and North Carolina so you have plenty of areas to choose from when planning your trip.

The Appalachian Trail (AT)

Hikers throughout the US (and other parts of the world!) know about the Appalachian Trail. This wends its way through 14 states along the east of the country and covers 2100 miles. This is widely considered to be one of the best and most varied trails in the country. Most dedicated hikers attempt part of this trail at some point. Very few people get to cover all of it so you need to choose the parts that you want to hike – some research is essential. It is estimated that up to 3 million people hike part of the trail each year, with around 2000 of these attempting the whole of the trail.

Shenandoah Valley

With the Blue Ridge Mountains on one side and the Allegheny Mountains on the other, this is a great place for those who love the outdoor life. The whole valley has plenty to offer and if you are interested in hiking there are more than 500 miles of trails from which to choose. There are also plenty of lodges and campsites so that you can make the most of your stay in the area

Get a helping hand

If you are unsure about planning your hiking trip then call in the experts. Outdoor Traveler specializes in experience vacations, and one option for this is the great outdoors. You can enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and many other activities as part of this. Outdoor Traveler can arrange a trip that will not break the bank to some of the country’s most beautiful areas, for you and your family. Keep up to date with the latest information by following Outdoor Traveler tweets.

Needless to say, it is important that you plan your trip carefully. Research your destination and make sure that the trail you want to follow is not going to tire you excessively. Have all the right clothing and equipment, then all you have to do is make sure that you enjoy your hiking vacation.

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