The Highest-Rated Hiking Spot In Every State

Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield Trail in Alaska, photo by Michael S

By now, you’ve probably gotten pretty good at hiking the trail between bed, bathroom, and sofa. But the time will come when you can trade your bedroom walls for canyon walls, and get super socially distanced on a day hike or overnight adventure.

Yelpers all over the country have been reviewing their favorite hikes for years. It’s no surprise to see several national parks made the list, but searching through reviews also revealed some trails less traveled that you may want to incorporate into your post-quarantine leg stretching goals.

Local Michigander Alejandro M touts Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as, “Such a beautiful place to spend time with the family. A mixture of hiking, swimming and cycling awaits those who visit the dunes.”

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan, photo by Chadrick J

In Florida, Faith E gives the lowdown on Circle B Bar Reserve: “If you want to take a stroll and see some wildlife, this is the place! It’s free, so pop in any day and pick a trail.”

Wildlife at Circle B Bar Reserve in Florida, photo by Cipriano M

Angel’s Landing in Utah’s Zion National Park is breathtaking in beauty and in heart-pounding adrenaline. Angelina B notes that it’s, “Physical and strenuous since there’s a lot of rocks to get up and you have to hold on to the chains to also pull yourself up sometimes. Very fun in my opinion, maybe it’s the thrill from the dangerous nature of the hike.”

The legendary chains at Angel’s Landing in Utah’s Zion National Park, photo by Tony J

Whether it’s glacial views, precarious peaks, or casual strolls on the beach, Yelpers have incredible insights on their state’s top trails to help you plan a hike just as soon as possible.

Follow the full Yelp Collection for easy app access when you’re on-the-go, or create your own to-hike Collection that you’ll be able to use once you’re back outside. 

The Top Hiking Spot In Each State

Alabama – Red Mountain Park
Alaska – Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield Trail (Kenai Fjords NP)
Arizona – Grand Canyon National Park
Arkansas – Pinnacle Mountain State Park
California – Half Dome Day Hike (Yosemite NP)
Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park
Connecticut – Sleeping Giant State Park
Delaware – Fort Delaware State Park
Florida – Circle B Bar Reserve
Georgia – Cloudland Canyon State Park
Hawaii – Waimea Canyon Lookout
Idaho – Tubbs Hill
Illinois – Swallow Cliff Woods
Indiana – Turkey Run State Park
Iowa – Effigy Mounds National Monument
Kansas – Ernie Miller Nature Center
Kentucky – Cherokee Park
Louisiana – Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve
Maine – Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail
Maryland – Great Falls: Billy Goat Trail
Massachusetts – Borderland State Park
Michigan – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Minnesota – Tettegouche State Park
Mississippi – Clark Creek Natural Area – Tunica Falls
Missouri – Parkville Nature Sanctuary
Montana – Kootenai Falls
Nebraska – Schramm Park State Recreation Area
Nevada – Valley of Fire State Park
New Hampshire – Mount Washington
New Jersey – Ramapo Valley County Reservation
New Mexico – Bandelier National Monument
New York – Watkins Glen State Park
North Carolina – William B Umstead State Park
North Dakota – Harmon Lake
Ohio – Cincinnati Nature Center
Oklahoma – Martin Park Nature Center
Oregon – Multnomah Falls
Pennsylvania – Wissahickon Valley Trail
Rhode Island – Rocky Point Walking Path
South Carolina – Table Rock State Park
South Dakota – Wind Cave National Park
Tennessee – Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Texas – The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake
Utah – Angel’s Landing (Zion NP)
Vermont – Bingham Falls
Virginia – Old Rag Mountain
Washington – Snoqualmie Falls
West Virginia – Coopers Rock State Forest
Wisconsin – Minooka Park
Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park

MethodologyThis is an all-time list of the best hikes in every state according to Yelp. We identified Yelp pages in the hiking category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews.