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Long-distance trails in the United States

The following is a list of long-distance trails in the United States:

Name Length Region Endpoint 1 Endpoint 2 Description
Allegheny Trail 330 mi (530 km) West Virginia Appalachian Trail Mason–Dixon line mostly in West Virginia through the Appalachians and Allegheny Mountains
American Discovery Trail 6,800 mi (10,900 km) Coast-to-coast Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean northern California coast on the Pacific Ocean passes through Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California
Appalachian Trail 2,186 mi (3,518 km) Appalachian Mountains Georgia Maine passes through North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire
Arizona Trail 790 mi (1,270 km) Arizona mountains and canyons Mexico Utah Designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009.
Art Loeb Trail 30.1 mi (48.4 km) Pisgah National Forest Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp Davidson River Campground Transverses the Pisgah Ranger District from North to South, and passes through the Shining Rock Wilderness.
Backbone Trail 68 mi (109 km) Santa Monica Mountains NW of Los Angeles, California Point Mugu State Park Will Rogers State Historic Park traverses Santa Monica Mountains, limited overnight capacity
Bartram Trail 153 mi (246 km) southeast mountains Chattooga River Cheoah Bald connects to the Appalachian and Foothills Trails; traverses Georgia and North Carolina
Batona Trail 49.5 mi (79.7 km) New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve Ong's Hat Bass River State Forest Passes through three state parks in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens
Bay Area Ridge Trail 500 mi (800 km) San Francisco Bay Area circles San Francisco Bay; under development
Bay Circuit Trail 200 mi (320 km) Massachusetts Newbury Kingston under construction; will circumnavigate Massachusetts Bay
Benton MacKaye Trail 300 mi (480 km) southeast mountains Springer Mountain in Georgia Davenport Gap in Tennessee connects from the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail; traverses Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina
Bigfoot Trail 400 mi (640 km) northwest California Klamath Mountains of northwest California Redwood National Park traverses Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness; under development
Bonneville Shoreline Trail 90 mi (140 km) Utah circles ancient Lake Bonneville
Border Route Trail 65 mi (105 km) Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Follows the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada.
Buckeye Trail 1,444 mi (2,324 km) Ohio Lake Erie at Headlands Beach State Park Eden Park in Cincinnati circles Ohio; many scenic locations, such as the Hocking Hills region and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; passes through many small historical towns, shares path with American Discovery Trail and North Country Trail
California Coastal Trail 1,200 mi (1,900 km) California Oregon Mexico more than half complete as of June 2012; within sight, sound, or at least the scent of the sea
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway 68 mi (109 km) Texas South Plains Terminal MM Estelline Terminal MM A rail trail 100 miles southest of Amarillo, Texas.
Catamount Trail 300 mi (480 km) Vermont Readsboro, Vermont Canadian border in North Troy, Vermont A cross-country skiing trail which crosses the state of Vermont. Parts of the trail are only open in the winter.
Conestoga Trail 63 mi (101 km) Horse-Shoe Trail Mason-Dixon Trail Lancaster County, Pennsylvania A 63 mile trail that stretches across Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Centennial Trail 111 mi (179 km) South Dakota Black Hills National Forest South Dakota
Chief Ladiga Trail 33 mi (53 km) Alabama Georgia state line Weaver Alabama's longest rails-to-trails project, at the state line it turns into Georgia's Silver Comet Trail
Chilkoot Trail 33 mi (53 km) Yukon Dyea, Alaska Bennett, British Columbia international historical trail; late 1890s major access route between the coast and Yukon goldfields
C&O Canal Trail 184.5 mi (296.9 km) Maryland Cumberland Washington, DC trail is the old towpath for the abandoned Chesapeake and Ohio Canal along the Potomac River
Cohos Trail 162 mi (261 km) northeastern New Hampshire Notchland, near Crawford Notch State Park Canadian border at the southern edge of Quebec
Colorado Trail 483 mi (777 km) central Colorado Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver Durango completed in 1987; highest point 13,334 ft (4,064 m); most above 10,000 ft (3,000 m); often dips below the alpine timberline
Cowboy Trail 195 mi (314 km) northern Nebraska Norfolk, Nebraska Valentine, Nebraska started in 1996, a multi-use rail trail. 321 miles (517 km) of former rail right-of-way, if completed may create the longest rail trail.
Continental Divide Trail 3,100 mi (5,000 km) Rocky Mountains Mexico Canada along highest ridge; 70% complete as of 2007; crosses Triple Divide Peak
Cranberry Lake 50 50 mi (80 km) New York circles the shores of Cranberry Lake in the northwestern region of the Adirondack Park
Capital Crescent Trail 11 mi (18 km) greater Washington D.C. Georgetown Silver Spring, Maryland rail trail conversion in progress; more than one million users each year, most used rail trail in the U.S.
Cumberland Trail 175 mi (282 km) Tennessee trail along the Cumberland Plateau
Des Plaines River Trail 55 mi (89 km) Northern Illinois Wisconsin state line North Avenue in Melrose Park, Chicago short stretches incomplete
Desert Trail 2,223 mi (3,578 km) Desert and mountains of the West Jacumba, California Snowy Top, Canada Border Traverses the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, the Black Rock Desert, Pueblo Mountains, Blue Mountains, Columbia Plateau, and Selkirk Mountains.
Duncan Ridge Trail 35.5 mi (57.1 km) Chattahoochee National Forest Appalachian & Benton MacKaye Trails at Three Forks Appalachian Trail at Slaughter Mountain A National Recreation Trail which forms a 60 mi (97 km) loop in combination with the Appalachian Trail.
East Coast Greenway 3,000 mi (4,800 km) eastern U.S. Calais, Maine Key West, Florida 29% complete as of 2013
Eastern Continental Trail 5,400 mi (8,700 km) eastern U.S. Key West, Florida Belle Isle, Newfoundland mountain route to Labrador, Canada
Finger Lakes Trail 557.7 mi (897.5 km) New York Catskills Western New York
Florida Trail 1,400 mi (2,300 km) Florida Gulf Islands National Seashore Big Cypress National Preserve
Foothills Trail 76 mi (122 km) Appalachian foothills Table Rock State Park Oconee State Park Follows the Blue Ridge Escarpment in South Carolina, and partly in North Carolina.
Fox River Trail (Illinois) 44 mi (71 km) Northern Illinois Algonquin, Illinois Oswego, Illinois
Fox River State Recreational Trail 26.3 mi (42.3 km) NE Wisconsin downtown Green Bay Hilbert northern 12 miles (19 km) paved, southern 14 miles (23 km) gravel
98 mi (158 km) Wisconsin ]]
George S. Mickelson Trail 108.8 mi (175.1 km) South Dakota within the Black Hills
Ghost Town Trail 36 mi (58 km) Western Pennsylvania Ebensburg, Pennsylvania Black Lick, Indiana County A 36 mile National Recreation Trail in Western Pennsylvania.
Grand Enchantment Trail 730 mi (1,170 km) southwest desert Phoenix, Arizona Albuquerque, New Mexico east-west mostly wilderness trail
Great Allegheny Passage 150 mi (240 km) northeast A rail trail in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Great Eastern Trail 1,600 mi (2,600 km) approx. eastern U.S. New York Alabama in development with portions open
Great River Trail 60 mi (97 km) Northern Illinois Rock Island, Illinois Savanna, Illinois in development with most open
Great Western Trail 4,455 mi (7,170 km) western Rockies Canada Mexico passes through Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming
Great Western Trail (Illinois) 92 mi (148 km) Illinois, Iowa mostly rails to trails conversion
Great Western Loop 6,875 mi (11,064 km) Western United States Grand Canyon Grand Canyon loop of the U.S. west combining the Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and other trails.[1]
Green Bay Trail-Robert McClory Trail-Kenosha County Bike Path 36 mi (58 km) Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Wilmette, Illinois Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Hayduke trail 812 mi (1,307 km) Utah and Arizona route in Utah and Arizona, linking Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks
Hennepin Canal Parkway 105 mi (169 km) Northern Illinois Bureau Junction, Illinois Colona, Illinois
High Line Canal 58 mi (93 km) Colorado trail along the High Line Canal waterway from Waterton Canyon through metropolitan Denver, Colorado
Highlands Trail 162.7 mi (261.8 km) New York + New Jersey Storm King Mountain Delaware Water Gap [1]
High Country Pathway 72 mi (116 km) Michigan Loop through the Pigeon River Country State Forest near Vanderbilt, Michigan
High Sierra Trail 61.5 mi (99.0 km) California Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park Mount Whitney
Horse Shoe Trail 140 mi (230 km) southeastern Pennsylvania Valley Forge Appalachian Trail near Harrisburg
Ice Age Trail 1,200 mi (1,900 km) approx. Wisconsin incomplete; follows terminal moraine of the last ice age
Idaho Centennial Trail 900 mi (1,400 km) approx Idaho north-south
Iditarod Trail 1,025 mi (1,650 km) Alaskan wilderness Seward Nome famous dog sledding race; route alternates each year
Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail 69 mi (111 km) Northern Illinois Peru, Illinois Romeoville, Illinois
Illinois Prairie Path 61 mi (98 km) Illinois Wheaton second of 27 new National Trails, consists of three radials
International Appalachian Trail 1,900 mi (3,100 km) approx. northeastern North America Mount Katahdin, Maine Newfoundland from the northern terminus of Appalachian Trail; proposals pending to extend to Europe and North Africa
Iron Horse Regional Trail 40 mi (64 km) San Francisco Bay Area Concord, California Pleasanton, California The completed Iron Horse Regional Trail will span the distance from Livermore to Suisun Bay in Contra Costa County, a distance of 55 miles, connecting two counties and 12 cities.
Iron Mountain Trail 58 mi (93 km) approx. NE Tennessee and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Virginia Appalachian Trail at Cross Road Mountain, Tennessee North west of Fries, Virginia Transverses the Iron Mountains; most of the route was part of the Appalachian Trail prior to 1972. Many sections are open to bikes and equestrians.
John Muir Trail 211 mi (340 km) California Sierra Nevada Yosemite Valley Mount Whitney
Jordan River Trail 40 mi (64 km) Utah Great Salt Lake (U.S.) Utah Lake winds through city parks and residential areas, mostly paved; an unpaved extension continues another ~26 miles north
Katy Trail 240 mi (390 km) Missouri crosses the state
Knobstone Trail 58 mi (93 km) southern Indiana
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail 70 mi (110 km) southwestern Pennsylvania trail in the Laurel Highlands area
Lone Star Hiking Trail 120 mi (190 km) Texas Sam Houston National Forest north of Houston
Long Path 347.4 mi (559.1 km) New York + New Jersey George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey Altamont, New York (Albany)
Long Trail 272 mi (438 km) Vermont Massachusetts Canada
Lost Turkey Trail 26.3 mi (42.3 km) Western Pennsylvania Somerset County, Pennsylvania Bedford County, Pennsylvania Trail spanning three counties in Western Pennsylvania
Loyalsock Trail 59.2 mi (95.3 km) north central Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Route 87, 10 mi (16 km) north of Montoursville Meade Road, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from U.S. Route 220, just north of Laporte Hiking trail that runs parallel to Lycoming Creek. The trail is maintained by the Alpine Club of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Maah Daah Hey Trail 96 mi (154 km) North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park the longest continuous single track mountain biking trail in America
Mark O. Hatfield Memorial Trail 60 mi (97 km) Oregon Starvation Creek Multnomah Falls proposed in 2011, almost entirely in wilderness, course incompletely determined as of 2013, but expected to be on existing trails
Mason-Dixon Trail 190 mi (310 km) Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail at Whiskey Springs, Pennsylvania Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Massanutten Trail 71 mi (114 km) George Washington National Forest Large loop trail; National Recreation Trail.
Mattabesett Trail 57 mi (92 km) south-central Connecticut
Metacomet-Monadnock Trail 114 mi (183 km) New Hampshire Metacomet Trail on the Massachusetts-Connecticut state line Mount Monadnock
Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail 220 mi (350 km) Michigan Lake Michigan Lake Huron
Midstate Trail (Massachusetts) 92 mi (148 km) Massachusetts Worcester County, central Massachusetts
Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway 50 mi (80 km) southwest New Hampshire Mount Monadnock Mount Sunapee
Mountains-to-Sea Trail 1,000 mi (1,600 km) approx. North Carolina Clingman's Dome, Great Smoky Mountains Jockey's Ridge, Outer Banks about 530 miles (850 km) complete as of 2011; follows the Appalachian Trail for 3.4 miles (5.5 km)
Natchez Trace Trail 440 mi (710 km) southeastern U.S. Tennessee Mississippi disjoint trail; 62 mi (100 km) complete; not planned to be connected
New River Trail State Park 57 mi (92 km) Southern Virginia Pulaski, Virginia Fries, Virginia & Galax, Virginia A rail trail, with three end points, following the New River and one of its tributaries.
North Country Trail 4,600 mi (7,400 km) northern United States New York North Dakota
Northeast Texas Trail 132 mi (212 km) Texas Farmersville, Texas (NE of Dallas) New Boston, Texas incomplete rail to trail conversion which passes through seven rural Texas counties and 19 towns, mostly east-west. There are overgrown and illegally fenced off sections.[2][3][4]
Northville-Placid Trail 125 mi (201 km) New York Northville Lake Placid north-south valley trail through the Adirondack State Preserve
OC&E Woods Line State Trail 105 mi (169 km) Oregon Klamath Falls Thompson Reservoir a rail trail and Oregon State Park
Old Croton Trail 26.2 mi (42.2 km) New York follows Old Croton Aqueduct
Olympic Discovery Trail 120 mi (190 km) Washington state's Olympic Peninsula Port Townsend La Push about 40 miles (64 km) complete as of 2011 with the remainder traversable using public roads
Oregon Coast Trail 362 mi (583 km) Oregon north Oregon coast at South Jetty Brookings entire Pacific coast of Oregon
Oregon Desert Trail 750 mi (1,210 km) Oregon Oregon Badlands Wilderness Lake Owyhee State Park under development as of summer 2013, though no trail needs to be built: uses existing trails and public lands
Ouachita National Recreation Trail 223 mi (359 km) Arkansas and Oklahoma longest trail in Ouachita National Forest
Ozark Highlands Trail 218 mi (351 km) Arkansas through the Ozark National Forest
Ozark Trail 350 mi (560 km) approx. Missouri
Pacific Crest Trail 2,654 mi (4,271 km) west coast Mexico Canada traverses Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range paralleling the Pacific Ocean in California, Oregon and Washington
Pacific Northwest Trail 1,200 mi (1,900 km) Pacific Northwest Glacier National Park (U.S.) Cape Alava, Olympic National Park, Washington Designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009.
Palmetto Trail 425 mi (684 km) South Carolina Charleston southern Appalachians 225 mi (362 km) contiguous miles complete
Paumanok Path 125 mi (201 km) Long Island, New York Rocky Point Montauk Point Only long distance trail in Long Island's Pine Barrens
Pennsylvania Mid State Trail 327 mi (526 km) Pennsylvania Maryland New York traverses width of state
Pinhoti Trail 335 mi (539 km) Alabama and Georgia Benton MacKaye Trail Flagg Mountain near Weogulfa, Alabama Connects the Appalachian Trail to the southernmost mountain of the Appalachian Mountain chain that is over 1,000 ft (300 m) in elevation.
Potomac Heritage Trail 830 mi (1,340 km) mid-northeastern U.S. incomplete; within Potomac River basin
River to River Trail 126 mi (203 km) Southern Illinois Ohio River Mississippi River Stretches through Shawnee National Forest. It forms part of the Southern Section of the American Discovery Trail.
Robert Frost Trail 47 mi (76 km) Massachusetts Connecticut River Valley
Rock Island Trail 32 mi (51 km) Central Illinois Peoria, Illinois Toulon, Illinois
San Francisco Bay Trail 500 mi (800 km) San Francisco Bay Area encircles shoreline of San Francisco Bay; under development
Sheltowee Trace Trail 282 mi (454 km) Kentucky Daniel Boone National Forest
Sierra High Route 195 mi (314 km) California within Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo National Forest, and Yosemite National Park
Silver Comet Trail 61.5 mi (99.0 km) western Georgia a rails-to-trails project, at the state line it turns into Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail 29.5 mi (47.5 km) California coastal mountains Pacific Ocean
Solitude Loop Trail 55.2 mi (88.8 km) Wyoming Bighorn National Forest Wyoming
Standing Stone Trail 71 mi (114 km) Pennsylvania Greenwood Furnace State Park near McAlevys Fort, Pennsylvania Tuscarora Trail in Buchanan State Forest Connects the Mid State and Tuscarora Trails. Known as the Link Trail until 2007.
Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway 75 mi (121 km) west central New Hampshire loop trail encircling the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region [2]
Superior Hiking Trail 275 mi (443 km) Minnesota follows north shore of Lake Superior
Susquehannock Trail System 85 mi (137 km) north central Pennsylvania trail loop in the Susquehannock State Forest
Tahoe Rim Trail 165 mi (266 km) California + Nevada loop trail surrounding Lake Tahoe
Tahoe-Yosemite Trail 180 mi (290 km) California Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite Lake Tahoe
Tecumseh Trail 38.2 mi (61.5 km) Indiana Morgan Monroe State Forest Monroe Reservoir
Theodore Solomons Trail 271 mi (436 km) California parallel alternate to the John Muir Trail, laying lower and further west
Tuscarora Trail 252 mi (406 km) Appalachians parallels Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
Timberline Trail 40.7 mi (65.5 km) Oregon loops around Mount Hood, almost completely in wilderness
Tunnel Hill State Trail 48 mi (77 km) Southern Illinois Harrisburg, Illinois Karnak, Illinois
North Umpqua Trail 79 mi (127 km) southern Oregon follows the Umpqua River; 11 segments mostly in undeveloped forest
Virginia Creeper Trail 35 mi (56 km) Virginia near the Appalachian Trail; multi use rail trail
Wabash Cannonball Trail 63 mi (101 km) Ohio Montpelier near Liberty, Ohio rail to trail conversion in northwestern Ohio; partially complete in 2012; two forks meet in Maumee[5]
Warrior Trail 67 mi (108 km) Pennsylvania and West Virginia Monongahela River at Greensboro, Pennsylvania Ohio River south of Moundsville, West Virginia A hiking trail entirely on private property
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail 44.7 mi (71.9 km) Northern Virginia Shirlington, Virginia Purcellville, Virginia A rail trail in Northern Virginia.
Willard Munger State Trail 63 mi (101 km) Northern Minnesota Hinckley, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota A rail trail in Minnesota
West Rim Trail 30.5 mi (49.1 km) north central Pennsylvania On Colton Road 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south of U.S. Route 6, near the village of Ansonia Pennsylvania Route 414, 1.8 miles (2.9 km) south of the village of Blackwell Long distance trail that follows the western edge of Pine Creek Gorge.
Wonderland Trail 93 mi (150 km) Washington loop around Mount Rainier in Washington
Waterloo-Pinckney Trail 36 mi (58 km) Michigan Lower Peninsula and the closest city is Chelsea, Michigan

See also


  1. ^ "Great Western Loop". Andrew Skurka. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  2. ^ Joseph Pitchford (December 31, 2012). "Blazing the Northeast Texas Trail". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Trail Conditions". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  4. ^ "Discover the Northeast Texas Trail – 130 mile Rails to Trails conversion ~ Dallas NW". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  5. ^

External links

  • American Trails
  • American Long Distance Hiking Association- West
  • Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association
  • American Hiking Society
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Buckeye Trail Association
  • Desert Trail information
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