From the well-known trails along the Appalachian Trail to lesser-known state park areas, the East Coast is a haven for hikers. These top trails offer everything from adrenaline-pumping cliffs and serene landscapes.
Katahdin Knife Edge Trail
Baxter State Park is home to Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine. Known for its breathtaking views, this arduous trail is found at the very northern tip of the Appalachian Trail and is not for the inexperienced hiker. The brave, skilled souls who choose this adventure are rewarded with bragging rights and an unforgettable view.
Gallitzin State Forest
Although not technically an East Coast destination, the Gallitzin State Forest in Western Pennsylvania is a must-see attraction for any hiker. Inland and several hours from the nearest ocean, this magnificent area boasts creeks, waterfalls, and remnants of a natural lake. The national forest area covers about 25,000 acres across four counties. Near the Laurel Highlands region, Gallitzin has trails suitable for family walks and strenuous trails that challenge even the most skilled hikers.
Jacks River Trail
Georgia offers some of the most scenic views on the East Coast, and the Jacks River Trail is no exception. This serene nine-mile trail is full of natural beauty in its many forms. Hikers of any skill level can navigate this moderate trail. Photographers love the scenery, especially in Springtime, when the ice gives way to babbling brooks and rushing waterfalls.
The Upper Hawksbill Trail in Virginia offers hikers and nature lovers a plethora of activity. Birdwatchers and wildlife buffs can spend the day relaxing with a picnic lunch and a pair of binoculars. There are several short trails suitable for beginners and moderately skilled hikers around Hawksbill Mountain. Those with a more adventurous spirit can tackle the steepest jagged inclines of the mountainside.
The rich history and pristine shoreline are the key markers of Assateague Island. This quaint national park area spans the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Easy hiking trails give way to the famous wild ponies and oceanfront campsites. Hikers can spend the day exploring the national parkland and unwind in the evening with a campfire on the beach.