hiking is awesome

Easily one of the most beautiful sights in Arkansas, the view from Big Bluff looking down on Buffalo National River will amaze you. Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River. Photo courtesy of Aaron Bates.

Rising like a castle wall above the surrounding desert, the Guadalupe Mountains are an impressive sight on the plains of West Texas. Guadalupe Mountains National Park provides over 80 miles of extraordinary hiking trails through a beautiful and diverse wilderness. Here you can see amazing fossils, take awesome pictures and climb to Guadalupe Peak: the “Top of Texas.” Photo courtesy of Aaron Bates.

If you want to be the first person to see the sunrise in the continental U.S., you’ll need to take an early hike up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. As the sun peeks above the horizon and lights the Maine coastline, you’ll be treated to this gorgeous scene. Consider it a daily dose of nature’s love. Photo by National Park Service.

In the Avalanche Lake area of Glacier National Park, abundant rainfall, prehistoric glaciers and rushing streams have combined to create a landscape of striking beauty and rich diversity. So much water allows nature to display vibrant colors –  from sparkling blue lakes to rich green forests. A hike on the Trail of Cedars is a great way to experience this gorgeous Montana landscape. Photo courtesy of Steven Bumgardner.