Thousands of miles of trails that are as diverse as the land itself criss-cross America�s recreational areas. Hiking trails range from steep technical climbs over rocks and iron ladders, to relatively flat lakeshore paths blanketed in pine needles. Hiking is an easy, low cost way to discover the great outdoors, and there are hiking opportunities for almost anyone at any age and ability level.

Many of our public recreational areas feature paved trails to accommodate wheelchair access. Guided hikes are also available at many locations. Fees and seasonal restrictions may vary from site to site. For more detailed information about a particular trail, including detailed trail maps and information about current trail conditions, please contact that site directly.

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What do we mean by Hiking?

RecML, the recreation standard that is being developed, describes hikiing as:

hiking or walking, walking for pleasure, day hiking, running or jogging

Practice Good Stewardship of our Trails / Roadways:

You can help to take good care of our trails and roadways so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions:

Don't Litter... take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.

Make sure that you hike / walk on the designated trail or roadway in that area. Check with your destination ahead of time to ensure that the area you plan to hike in is allowed.

Don't hike in areas where it is not permitted. These areas have been declared "off limits" to hikers to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.

Safety While Hiking:

  • Wear proper clothing and footwear, according to the terrain and season
  • Be courteous and remember that you are sharing the trail or roadway with other hikers and recreationists
  • Do not hike or walk on unauthorized trails or roadways
  • Bring along extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cellphone or radio
photo courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers hiking at Cougar Dam in Oregon
Discover and reserve camping, lodging, permits, tours and more at America's parks, forests, monuments and other public lands with Recreation.gov. Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration