Go Take a Hike

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir

Time to lace up your hiking boots! Maybe a strenuous trek up a mighty peak is what you’re after. Or maybe you see yourself walking along an ancient trail that our ancestors used. Perhaps meandering down a boardwalk is more your speed. Park staff and volunteers work hard to keep trails safe for visitors and follow conservation laws to help protect our natural resources. National parks offer many opportunities to hit the trail. Get ready, adventure awaits.

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Watch this short video that highlights some of the benefits of hiking.

Two people sit on a rock looking at rolling green hills.

The Benefits of Hiking

Hiking is proven to have many health benefits that comes from being in nature.

a black bear in the forest

Hiking in Bear Country

Learn how you and bears can stay safe while hiking in bear country.

Three people wearing hard hats work on a trail.

Trail Management & Maintenance

Trails don’t just take of themselves. Park staff and volunteers work hard to maintain trails.

Three people wearing day packs hike down a rocky trail with mountains and a lake in the distance

Hiking 101

We’ve put together a list of helpful resources for your next adventure!

Hiking gear is staked on a rock.

Hiking Smart and Staying Safe

Planning and preparation are key steps to being safe on the trail. We have a few pointers for you.

Last updated: June 6, 2019