Health and Wellness
The 5 Best Vacation Spots for Hiking
Health.com chats up the Sierra Club to find out their favorite spots from coast-to-coast—just in time for summer airline deals!
Getting ready for a summer hike? Choose one of these five destinations, from the California coast to the Missouri forests, all of which will make you feel like you’re on a vacation.
FOR BEACH LOVERS
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK,
The trails in this state park are all a mile or less, so it’s an easy hike through rolling sand dunes to the end of Barnegat Bay. Visitors can take a dip in the ocean or watch the surfers.
FOR WILDLIFE FANS
CUMBERLAND ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, GEORGIA
Accessible only by passenger ferry, Georgia’s largest barrier island is home to 50 miles of trails—along with wild horses and hundreds of species of shorebirds.
FOR WOODSY SERENITY
WHISPERING PINES TRAIL,
HAWN STATE PARK, MISSOURI
This 10-mile path in the Ozarks winds through a beautiful mixed hardwood and pine forest, crossing through clear streams and over scenic ridges.
FOR HISTORY ENTHUSIASTS
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE
Home to the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast, with 125 miles of trails. Hike to the lighthouse, built in 1858, or explore Isle au Haut, discovered back in 1604 by a French navigator.
FOR STUNNING VIEWS
STORNETTA PUBLIC LANDS, CALIFORNIA
Roaming along two miles of California coastline, you’ll come upon waterfalls, tide pools and harbor seals sunbathing on the rocks.
Bonus: You can bring your dog along.