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The Best Day Hike in Every State

oday is National Take a Hike Day. What better way to celebrate than with a day hike in your local area? No matter where you live, chances are there are some pretty rad hiking trails within driving distance. From white-sand beaches and rolling plains to high mountain summits, here are our favorite day hikes in all 50 states.
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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Alabama
Walls of Jericho Trail

Distance: 6.7 miles
Difficulty: Hard

Located on the border of Tennessee near the headwaters of the Paint Rock River, ...

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Zpacks Free Duo Tent Review

The Zpacks Free Duo is an ultralight, single-wall freestanding tent made from strong, waterproof, Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF). Built for two people, this tent weighs just 29.6 ounces and has two doors and two vestibules. It has two separate H-pole units that allow the shelter to truly stand up on its own, making it extremely …

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Topo Athletic Ultraventure Pro Trail Shoe Review

Hikers of a certain age will recall the famous meme from Charles Schulz’ Peanuts cartoons, in which the incorrigible Lucy sweetly entices the hapless Charlie Brown, year after year, into attempting to kick a football, only to pull it away at the last second and send the kid flying.
I feel a bit that way with trail shoes. Without fail, I fall in love with the perfect shoe and foolishly assume I have reached the Promised Land and will never have to buy another model. ...

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How to Manage Hygiene on the Appalachian Trail

o, you’re off to hike the Appalachian Trail. You’ve bought your gear and prepped your pack with advice from gear experts and hiker pros. But how to broach the subject of keeping clean and preparing for your (hushed tones please) period? Luckily, Julia “Rocket” Sheehan has put together a video (below) of her best tips on managing hygiene while camping.
Here are some of the biggest takeaways on how to keep oh-so-clean for anyone planning an overnight trip or a thru-hike on the Appalachian (and yes, ...

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite has long been a favorite among thru-hikers on the country’s Triple Crown trails. It packs small, weighs about 12 ounces—closer to 15 ounces when the stuff sack, inflation bag, and repair kit are included—and has proven to be durable. The 4.2 R-value ensures three-season warmth.
Therma-a-Rest NeoAir XLite At-a-Glance
MSRP: $184.95 (regular)
Tested Size: Regular
Weight: 12 ounces
R-value: 4.2 for the men’s XLite, 5.4 for the women’s XLite
LxWxH: 72″ x 20″ x 2.5″
Packed Size: 9″ x 4.1″
Color: Lemon curry
 
Circumstance of Use
I finally got on trail for multiday loop hikes in late September and early October this fall, ...

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Why (Do I Hike)

Nikola (Tesla) Horvat hiked the Colorado Trail in 2019 putting together this award winning video Very philosophical. Nature, Time, Community, Mental Health and Final Chapter. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Nikola Horvat is a successful PCT and Colorado Trail thru-hiker, author, filmmaker, and founder of the Croatian Long Distance Trail. He pioneered the CLDT upon returning …

Thru-Hiker’s Gift Guide 2020: Under $200

The thru-hiker or backpacker in your life is probably busy saving for their next long-distance adventure, and we can pretty much guarantee they have a long list of items on their wish list. This collection of thru-hiker and backpacking gift ideas under $200 is a good place to start. We’ve listed a variety of gift …

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