One of the most rewarding parts about RVing is having the freedom to explore and be surrounded by nature. Whether you’re boondocking, staying at an RV park, or enjoying a national park, you’ll most likely be close to the great outdoors. The big question is, what will you do once you get to that great destination? Look no further than our top spots to go hiking in the United States! Bonus: you don’t need to be experienced hiker to hit these trails, so you can leave those worries back at camp.
West Coast, Best Coast
- Tall Trees Grove Trail, California
Imagine yourself walking through the thick Redwoods, with serenity being the only thing in sight. This four-mile loop hike in the backcountry gives you rewarding surroundings of tall trees. Located in Humboldt County, you won’t be let down with sights of lush greenery. You’ll want to hit this trail early in the morning for maximum daylight. The trees cover a lot of the sun and you don’t want to be caught in the dark. Pets are not allowed on this trail—you’ll want them back home holding down the rig. It’s important to note that the small parking lot does not accommodate RVs over 21 feet, so it may be best to bring your tow vehicle to the hike!
2. North Vista Trail, Colorado
There are two points that you can reach on this canyon rim. A moderate route to Exclamation Point or an extraneous one to Green Mountain, depending on your hiking level. Either a three- or seven-mile hike on canyons rim is sure to pump up your adrenaline! You can expect panoramic vistas of the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompahgre Plateau. A beautiful juniper forest meanders below and around you with hidden creeks too.
3. Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
This park is known as the “Crown Jewel” of Oregon parks. The amount of recreational activities makes this state park a staple in RV destinations. On your hiking trail, you’ll see the famous South Falls waterfall, a curtain of 177 feet of water. The trail passes through dense forest landscapes, rocky canyons, and a winding creek. Pets are also welcomed on certain trails! There are plenty of RV spots and campsites for small and larger groups.
4. Devil’s Bridge Trail, Arizona
Every snowbird’s dream, Arizona! Bring your camera on this hike, you’ll want to take pictures. This easy, yet breathtaking trail is a short four-mile hike. Be prepared to be surrounded by panoramic Red Rock country and wildflowers. Dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed. The path is effortless with a slight incline.
5. Canyon Overlook Trail, Utah, Zion
This trail is located inside the Zion National Park. This trail is exactly what it’s titled, an overlook of the canyon with easy access. This is a brisk one-mile trip that even the kids can join in on! The overlook towers over 2,200 feet above. If you’re pressed for time during your travels, this is a hike that is sure to easily be squeezed in. You won’t want to miss its breathtaking views.
6. White Domes Loop Trail, Nevada
This trail is known as a “Mojave Desert wonderland.” The ever-changing scenery is one to behold. This easy one-mile loop takes you through narrow canyons that you can weave in and out of. This place has also been in a variety of films such as: Transformers, Casino, Total Recall, Star Trek: Generations, and Austin Powers. This terrain is geologically complex, making it a beautiful sight to see for hikers like you!
- Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
There are dozens of hiking trails in this park, so the hardest part will be choosing just one! Grand Teton is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States, and with good reason. From mountains to lakes, to lush trees all around, you would think you’re in a different country with each area of the park. Check out this link for the top trails in Grand Teton. Wyoming has an abundance of campgrounds for your motorhome as well!
The South is Calling
- Raven Run Nature Sanctuary Trail, Kentucky
This nature sanctuary is located right outside of Lexington. It sits on top of 734-acres of land! There are 7 different trails you can take that stretch to 10-miles long. You’ll be passing through meadows, woodlands, streams and historic remnants of 19th-century settlers. Pets and camping are not allowed but there are several RV parks right around Lexington, Kentucky. You won’t want to miss this unique natural experience.
- Guadalupe Mountains, Texas
Ready to experience the Texas sun? The Guadalupe Mountains have over 15 different trails for you to hit. You can bring your dogs on some of these as well! Check out this link to choose the one that’s right for you. You will be surrounded by canyons and natural rock. The trailhead exhibits describe Chihuahuan desert vegetation like you’ve never seen before.
- Appalachian Trail, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Okay, we know what you’re thinking, “there’s no way I’m hiking for three months to finish this trail.” No worries! You don’t have to camp along the way to hike the Appalachian Trail. This beast extends across 14 states and is 2,192 miles long! The good news is, these trails are easy to get on and off of. They are near towns and campgrounds, making them a perfect option for RVers passing through the state. Check out the site for more information on the A.T and where to begin your journey!
Something a Little Further East
- Moxie Falls, Maine
We would be doing a disservice to Maine if we didn’t include a hike surrounded by water. This waterfall is Maine’s highest waterfall and drops at nearly 90 feet below. This two-mile hike includes a gravel surfacing that is easy to walk on. You can bring your pets along for this hike but camping is not allowed. Plan to bring your hiking boots because this terrain can get a little muddy.
Wherever you are, we hope you are exploring the outdoors during your travels! You don’t have to be an experienced hiker to enjoy walking around and being in nature. Have you hiked any of the spots listed above? Comment below where your favorite place to go hiking is!
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