Top 10 hiking trails
This is a staff selection based on years of working with these organizations. Of course you will get different lists from different people. Without any criteria for selection "best" trails we picked what we think is important: first, longer trails with great scenic experiences, but also sustainability and community involvement. There are another 100 trails that should be recognized on those criteria.
Here is our Top 10 Hiking Trails list. What these trails have in common an active and essential volunteer organization to care for each of these trails, to promote safety and stewardship, to work with the land managing agencies, produce guidebooks and maps, and help deal with the ongoing problems of maintaining these great trails while planning for their future preservation.
The National Recreation Trails (NRT) Program recognizes the diversity of trails across America that connect people to local resources and improve their quality of life. More than 1,000 trails have been designated on Federal, State, local, and privately owned land throughout the country to pick from!
The trail features a variety of historic sites, abundant wildlife, and opportunities for biking, fishing, and canoeing.
Based on a partnership between the City of Redding, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and Shasta County, these trails are an example of what is possible through a joint effort between various agencies and local groups.
While some species (such as bald eagle and Ute ladies-tresses orchids) and habitats (such as wetlands) have legal status that must be respected in the process of trail building, others may deserve special attention because of the value placed on them by a local community.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge hosts this trail through midwestern habitats.
A trail with spectacular views of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park that is accessible by a chairlift.
A few resources on public access to private land. Always check with your local planning department for zoning requirements.