Reader Favorites: Top 20 Trails

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Whether it’s planning a family bike trip down the Virginia Creeper Trail or researching for your first-ever thru-hike attempt, let us help you discover your next trail-cation. We’ve covered everything from the best mountain biking destinations to the best undiscovered A.T. hikes in the past two decades, but below are the top 20 most mentioned trails that have graced the pages of our magazine over the course of 20 years.

From scenic views to remote hikes, from family friendly trails to steep terrain that challenges even the most experienced of outdoorsmen and women, there’s a hike here for everyone! Click on the trail name to be directed to more information on the trail, then grab your hiking boots and a sense of adventure and head for the hills!


  1. Appalachian Trail
  2. Mountains to Sea Trail
  3. Bartram Trail
  4. Virginia Creeper Trail
  5. Benton Mackaye Trail
  6. Tuscarora Trail
  7. Allegheny Highlands Trail
  8. Kitsuma Trail
  9. Buttermilk Trail
  10. Plantation Trail
  11. Greenbrier River Trail
  12. C&O Rail Trail
  13. Foothills Trail
  14. Greens Lick Trail
  15. Art Loeb Trail
  16. Triple Falls Trail – Dupont
  17. Cumberland Trail
  18. Gauntet – Carvins Cove
  19. Deep Gap/Black Mountain Crest Trail
  20. Jacks Fork River Trail

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