16 Must-Do National Park Hikes

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    Explore the best trails in some of the world's most beautiful parks.


    Summertime is right around the corner which means it's time to start making your hiking plans! National parks across the U.S. and beyond are home to well-maintained trails through landscapes that you won't soon forget. From the granite cliffs of Yosemite Valley to the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, these 16 hikes belong on top of any national park traveler's hiking bucket list. 

    Whether you're spending one night or setting up camp for a week of adventure, check out all the campsites near national parks from KOA!

    1. Clouds Rest

    Yosemite National Park, CA | 15.5 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Nathaniel Polta

    KOA Campsites near Yosemite NP 

    2. Rocky Mount Trail

    Shenandoah National Park, VA | 9.8 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Christin Healey

    KOA Campgrounds near Shenandoah NP: here, here, and here.

    3. Crater Lake Rim Trail

    Crater Lake National Park, OR | 33 miles round trip | Learn more.Photo: Eric Johnson

    KOA Campgrounds near Crater Lake NP herehere, and here.

    4. Mt. Ida

    Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | 9.6 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Jon King

    KOA Campgrounds near Rocky Mountain NP: here, here, and here.

    5. Otter Point

    Acadia National Park, ME | Optional 1 - 3.5 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Tate Yoder

    KOA Campgrounds near Acadia National Park

    6. Death Canyon

    Grand Teton National Park, WY | 26-30 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Kathleen Morton

    KOA Campgrounds near Grand Teton NP here and here.

    7. Panorama Point

    Rainier National Park, WA | 5.4 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Michael Matti

    KOA Campgrounds near Rainier NP here, here, and here.

    8. Grinnell Glacier

    Glacier National Park, MT | 7.6 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Michael Johnston

    KOA Campgrounds near Glacier NP here, here, and here

    9. Angel’s Landing

    Zion National Park, UT | 5 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Derrick Lytle

    KOA Campgrounds near Zion National Park here, here, here, and here. 

    10. Hurricane Hill

    Olympic National Park, WA | 5 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Michael Matti

    KOA Campgrounds near Olympic NP here.

    11. Cattail Falls

    Big Bend National Park, TX | 3 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Andrew Slaton

    KOA Campgrounds near Big Bend NP here.

    12. Riggs Spring Loop

    Bryce Canyon National Park, UT | 9 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Jason Shepherd

    KOA Campgrounds near Bryce Canyon NP here.

    13. Mt. Washburn

    Yellowstone National Park, WY | 6.4 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Ben Srun

    KOA Campgrounds near Yellowstone NP here, here, here, here, and here.

    14. Abrams Falls

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN | 6.4 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Jon King

    KOA Campgrounds near Great Smoky Mountains NP here.

    15. Rim-to-Rim

    Grand Canyon National Park, AZ | 26-30 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Rob Witt

    KOA Campgrounds near Grand Canyon NP here, here, here, and here.

    16. Tall Trees Grove

    Redwood State and National Park, CA | 6 miles round trip | Learn more. Photo: Austin Trigg

    KOA Campgrounds near Redwood National Park here.

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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