Trails.com calls the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park one of the top 10 trails in America’s National Parks. The Precipice Trail is 0.8 miles long and begins at 105 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,398 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The trail ends near Champlain Mountain (elevation 994 feet). This trail connects with the Orange & Black Path and Champlain North Ridge Trail. This is the only top 10 choice east or north of Virginia. Map
Hikers, if you’re curious about Trails.com’s choice for the other top 10 hikes, here they are:
Guadalupe Peak Trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
This trail is sure to be a high point of your trip to Texas, if for no other reason than it’s the highest point in the state! Hike and stay a while. Trails Member, Jeffrey S., said, “This is an awesome hike that can be done in a day but well worth the effort to make use of the primitive campsite near the peak.”
Glacier Gorge Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
See so much of what Rocky Mountains National Park has to offer on this beautiful trail. Eight waterfalls and endless mountain vistas await you on this 12 mile (round trip) hike. Just to name a few, Trails Member, Patty Louise L., said, “You’ll get to see Alberta Falls, Timberline Falls, Glass Lake, and so much more.”
South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
If you want to truly experience the Grand Canyon from the inside out, this is the trail for you! Trails Member, Lawrence P., said, “Best desert trail I’ve ever hiked, seen, or heard of.” If that’s not a rave review, we don’t know what is.
Abrams Falls Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
If you’re in to chasing waterfalls, you have to check out one of the most famous hikes in Tennessee. This epic waterfall takes the plunge into a pool perfect for a cool dip after a long, hot hike. A tip from Trails Member, Greg S., says, “There is a rock ledge to the left just before the falls that you can climb and walk to the top of the falls for a great view.”
The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah
This iconic hike will have you wading in the Virgin River, through the Narrows of the canyon, so know that you will get wet! (… which would be kind of nice on a hot day.) Trails Member, Dave F., said, “It is fabulous and other worldly insofar as the canyon textures, dizzying heights, serenity and pure wonder.” Certainly sounds like a must-hike to me!
Old Rag Fire Road in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
If you’re only going to hike one trail in Shenandoah, it should definitely be this one. With awesome views, fun stream scrambles, and some tough terrain at the top, this hike has a little something for everyone. Trails Member, Adam G., said the rock scramble, “requires you to climb over, squeeze through, duck under, and slide down a variety of obstacles.” How fun does that sound?! |
Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Trails Member, Sarah N., said “Everything about the Grand Canyon is spectacular and this trail is no exception,” and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. If you’re looking for the most convenient way to get the the bottom of the canyon, look no further. You can even take a mule, if you aren’t up for the elevation gain of this trail.
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California
Our hearts are racing just thinking about this trail! Perhaps the most iconic rock formation in the U.S., this 14-16 mile trek has an elevation gain of 4,800 feet and should only be attempted by experienced hikers. Trails Member, Chris L., called it the, “most difficult hike I have ever done,” but also said, “the end result was an awesome experience.”
Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, Utah
If you’re looking for spectacular views, Angel’s Landing is the trail for you. But be warned, this 5 mile (round trip) trek is definitely not for the faint of heart. Those with a fear of heights should turn back now. Trails Member, Tim H., gives this trail 5 stars and said, “If you go to Zion it’s silly not to do this trail.”