Do-It-Yourself Destinations

 Individual States             Multiple States                 International                 Long-Distance

The list below includes destinations and overnights that are highly recommended by seasoned outings leaders and backcountry travelers. Send us your recommendations.


Alaska Hike Search
Alaska Trails
American State Parks
Klondike Gold Rush NP Chilkoot Trail
National Parks


American State Parks
Arizona Trail
Canyon de Chelly
National Parks
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest NP


American State Parks
King Range National Conservation Area  California’s lost coast
National Parks
Redwoods Information  northern California coastal redwoods
Yosemite National Park  hike finder


American State Parks
Colorado Huts & Trails
Mission: Wolf  Visit – hug – donate (free camping)
National Parks
Rocky Mountain Camper Vans
Wheeler Geological Area  Rio Grande National Forest


American State Parks
Cumberland Island
Yurts and Other Unique Places to Stay in Georgia


American State Parks
Kalaupapa National Historic Park
Volcanoes National Park


American State Parks
Shorty Peak Lookout  Idaho Panhandle National Forests


American State Parks
Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve


American State Parks
Red River Gorge


Acadia National Park Trails
American State Parks
Maine Huts & Trails


American State Parks
State Park Trail Guides


American State Parks
Pictures Rocks National Lakeshore


American State Parks
Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout
Grinnel Lake  Glacier National Park
National Parks

New Hampshire

American State Parks
Harvard Cabin – Mt Washington  (Harvard Mountaineering Club)
New Hampshire Huts – closed in winter  (Appalachian Mountain Club)
Presidential Range Huts (Randolph Mountain Club)
White Mountain Hut & Shuttle Map

New Mexico

American State Parks
National Parks
Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary
White Sands National Monument

North Carolina

American State Parks
Big East Fork Trail (Pigeon River)
Black Balsam Knob (Shining Rock Wilderness)
Black Mountain Crest Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cades Cove (see hiking & 11-mile paved cycling opportunities)
Carolina Mountain Club (Hike Search)
Elk Knob State Park (Video)
Eno River Trails
Forest Trail Finder (NC Mountains)
Land of Waterfalls  3-mile hike  7-mile hike
Linville Gorge
Local Land Conservancy Trail Finder
Local, Regional and Urban Bicycling Maps  (includes greenways)
Looking Glass Rock
Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
National Parks
Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy
Table Rock Mountain
Triangle Land Conservancy
Uwharrie National Forest

North Dakota

American State Parks
Theodore Roosevelt NP  (see Badlands & Petrified Forest Loop)


American State Parks
Clear Lake Cabin Lookout  Mt. Hood National Forest
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls  waterfall & hike finder
Crater Lake Lodges  7-mile hike from cabins & campground

South Carolina

American State Parks
Table Rock State Park  Contains highest point in the state


American State Parks
Angel’s Landing  Zion National Park
Basecamper Vans  Salt Lake City
Fairyland Loop Trail  Bryce National Park
Hiking in Utah  Extensive online trip planning guide
Kanarra Creek  Dixie National Forest
National Parks


American State Parks
McAfee Knob
New River State Park Trail
Old Rag, Shenandoah National Park
Virginia Creeper Trail
Virginia Creeper Trail Club


American State Parks
Hidden Lake Lookout
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
National Parks
Robin Lakes  Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Three Fingers Lookout  Requires mountaineering skills

West Virginia

American State Parks
Greenbrier River Trail
New River Gorge


American State Parks
St. Croix National Scenic River


American State Parks
Grand Teton Climbers Ranch
Grand Teton Inner Park Loop  non-motorized use during end of April
Grand Teton National Park
National Parks
Yellowstone NP Lodges


Multiple States               Individual States                International                Long-Distance

American State Parks
Appalachian Trail  2,200 miles through 14 states
Audubon Centers & Sanctuaries
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Readers’ Top 20 Trails
Campervan North America  Montana & Nevada rental locations
Continental Divide Trail  3,100 miles through Rocky Mountain states
Firetower Rentals
Hiking Project  find a trail or event, read stories
Hipcamp  find a place to camp
MTB Project  find a mountain bike trail or event
Mountain Project  find a route, forum, event, partners
National Outdoor Leadership School
National Wild and Scenic Rivers System  find a protected river
North Country Trail  4,100 miles through 7 states
Pacific Crest Trail  2,663 miles through the Pacific Coast states
Powder Project  find a ski trail, event, forum  find a place to camp
Rootsrated  find a trail, read stories
Student Conservation Association
Trail Run Project  find a trail, event, forum
TrailLink by Rails-To-Trails Conservancy
U.S. National Park Finder
Walk-Up Summit Hikes


International               Individual States              Multiple States                 Long-Distance

Backpacker (trip finder)
Canada: Mount Assiniboine
Europe’s Epic Hiking Trails
International Wilderness Leadership School
Italian Mountain Club (hut locator)
Malawi  (guides, huts)
Mont Blanc (hut locator)
National Geographic (trip finder)
Quebec: Sépaq
Swiss Alpine Club (hut locator)
United Kingdom


Long Distance              Individual States              Multiple States               International

Appalachian Trail  (USA)
Australian Alps Walking Trail (Australia)
Cinque Terre  (Italy)
Coast to Coast (UK)
Continental Divide Trail  (USA)
Great Divide Trail  (Canada)
Great Eastern Trail (USA)
Great Himalaya Trail  (Bhutan, India, Nepal)
Great Wall of China  (China)  see Organized Events: Global
Hayduke Trail  (USA)
Ice Age Trail  (USA)
National Geographic Epic Trails
North Country Trail  (USA)
Pacific Crest Trail  (USA)
Southwest Coast Path  (UK)
Te Araroa  (New Zealand)
Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland)  see hut locators above
Wales Coast Path  (UK)

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