From sea to shining sea, the United States is home to miles upon miles of gorgeous hiking trails – 193,500 miles of trails on federal land and another 42,500 on state land according to the American Hiking Society. In 2013 an estimated 34 million hikers hit the American trails.
For the past four weeks USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting for their favorite park for hiking from a pool of 20 nominees, and the results are in!
Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park took the title by a wide margin, thanks to its 350+ miles of trails – everything from relaxed strolls to intense treks to altitudes of over 12,000 feet.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Park for Hiking are as follows:
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Isle Royale National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
- Ocala National Forest
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Shenandoah National Park
- Yosemite National Park
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Peter Olsen (American Hiking Society), Karen Berger (America's Great Hiking Trails) and Diana Gerstacker (The Active Times) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of hiking in U.S. parks.
Other nominees for Best Park for Hiking included Arches National Park, Baxter State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Chugach National Forest, Denali National Park, Mt. Hood National Forest, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, Superior National Forest and White River National Forest.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo