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This list includes the most popular or well known trails as well as ones which are highly rated because of scenery or access to water and camp sights.

1000 mile + trails:
The big 3 | National Geograpic
Appalachian Trail GA to ME 2,180 mi
Pacific Crest Trail Mexico to Canada 2,650 mi
Continental Divide Trail Mexico to Canada 3,100 mi
East Coast Greenway * FL to ME 3,000 mi
Great Eastern Trail AL to NY 1,600 mi
California Coastal Trail * Oregon to Mexico 1,200 mi
North Country National Scenic Trail NY to ND 4,000 mi
American Discovery Trail CA to DE 4,900 mi
* Still incomplete

100 mile + trails:
Long Path NJ- Albany, NY NY 347 mi
Long Trail MA-VT border - Canada VT 273 mi
Mid State Trail MD border - NY border PA 261 mi
Bay Circuit Trail Boston suburbs - Plumb Island to Framingham to Duxbury MA 200 mi
Tahoe Rim Trail Lake Tahoe CA 165 mi
John Muir Trail Yosemite to Mt. Whitney CA 215 mi
Liberty - Water Gap Trail (www.libertygap.org) Liberty Park to Delaware Water Gap NJ 130 mi
High Point Cape May Bike Route * High Point to Cape May NJ abt. 200 mi
NJ Coastal Heritage Trail Atlantic Coastline NJ 127 mi
*The High Point to Cape May route is still in the planning stages and an official name has not been established.

Kaibab Trail Grand Canyon AZ
Mt Tamalpais Mill Valley CA 7 mi *
Muir Woods Mill Valley CA 2 mi
Rubicon Trail Bliss SP to Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe CA 6.3 mi *
* One way

2012 Top 100 Trails - Best Trails in North America at trails.com

  1. Breakneck Ridge Trail, Beacon, NY (my area map)
  2. Glacier Gorge, Estes Park, CO
  3. Appalachian Trail: The Pinnacle, Hamburg, PA
  4. Mount Whitney, Lone Pine, CA (my area map)
  5. Conundrum Hot Springs, Aspen, CO
  6. Bear Mountain Loop, Highland Falls, NY (my area map)
  7. Furnace Mountain / Trayfoot Mountain Overnight Loop, Grottoes, VA
  8. Deep Creek, Hesperia, CA
  9. Appalachian Trail: Sunfish Pond & Mount Mohican, Columbia, NJ (my area map)
  10. Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap, Suches, GA
  11. Big Creek Falls (Taylor River), North Bend, WA
  12. Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry, WV, Burkittsville, MD
  13. Half Dome, Yosemite, (my area map)
  14. Dolly Sods Wilderness, Petersburg, WV
  15. Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse, Gorham, NH (my area map)
  16. American River Confluence to Lake Clementine, Auburn, CA (my area map)
  17. Canyon Creek Lakes and L Lake (Backpacking), Weaverville, CA
  18. Mount Marcy - New York Highpoint, Lake Placid, NY (my area map)
  19. Timothy Lake Area Campgrounds, Government Camp, OR
  20. Bear Mountain - Mount Riga State Park Trail, Salisbury, CT (my area map)
Others near places I frequent:
22 Ringwood State Park Trails - Ringwood, NJ (my area map)
25 Appalachian National Scenic Trail: CT & MA (my area map)
27 Appalachian Trail: Bear Mountain - Harriman State Parks NY (my area map)
35 Clingman's Dome Overnight Loop Gatlinburg, TN (my area map)
38 Slide Mountain Loop Catskills, NY (my area map)
43 American River Bike Path - Sacramento, CA (my area map)
51 Bright Angel Trail - Grand Canyon (my area map)
52 The Hudson Highlands - Cold Spring, NY (my area map)
54 North Lake to Humphreys Basin Loop (Backpacking) Bishop, CA (my area map)
57 Palisades Interstate Park and the Long Path Englewood, NJ(my area map)
62 Black Mountain Loop Lake George, NY (my area map)
66 Mount Mansfield, Sunset Ridge Trail, Burlington, VT (my area map)
73 Arethusa Falls Trails, North Conway, NH  (my area map)
76 Blue Hills Reservation, Boston, MA (my area map) 
80 Sacramento and Western Sierra Foothills Campgrounds (my area map)
88 Indian Head Mountain Loop (my area map)
90 Appalachian Trail: Kent to St. Johns Ledges, Kent, CT (my area map)
93 Sawyer River Road, Conway, NH (my area map)
100 North-South Lake loop, Catskill, NY (my area map)

Trails.com 2009 Top 45:
Eagle Rock Loop Glenwood AR  
Camelback Mountain Summit Trail Phoenix AZ
Havasu Canyon Seligman AZ
American River Confluence to Lake Clementine Auburn CA 6 mi
20 Lakes Basin Loop (Backpacking) Bishop CA
Holy Jim Falls Trail Lake Forest CA
Mount Whitney Lone Pine CA 22 mi
Cottonwood Lakes to Upper Rock Creek (Backpacking) Lone Pine CA
Half Dome Merced CA 16 mi
Canyon Creek Lakes and L Lake (Backpacking) Weaverville CA 16.5 mi
Glacier Gorge Estes Park CO 9.6 mi
Boulder County: Longs Peak Estes Park CO
Bear Mountain - Mount Riga State Park Trail Salisbury CT 6 mi
Cohutta Wilderness Area Trails Ellijay GA
Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap Suches GA 9 mi
Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Neels Gap Suches GA
Appalachian National Scenic Trail: CT & MA North Adams MA
Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry, WV Burkittsville MD 10.2 mi
North Country Trail Morenci MI
Uwharrie National Forest Asheboro NC
Mount Mitchell Asheville NC 12 mi
Black Mountain Crest Asheville NC
Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse Gorham NH 25.5 mi
Appalachian Trail: Sunfish Pond & Mount Mohican Columbia NJ 8.8 mi
Appalachian Trail: Bear Mountain - Harriman State Parks - West Arden NY
Breakneck Ridge Trail Beacon NY 9.6 mi
Anthony's Nose Bear Mountain Bridge NY
Bear Mountain Loop Highland Falls NY 9.7 mi
Mount Marcy - New York Highpoint Lake Placid NY 14.8 mi
Appalachian Trail in New York State Newburgh NY
Slide Mountain Loop Woodstock NY
Appalachian Trail: The Pinnacle Hamburg PA 8.7 mi
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Johnstown PA
Appalachian Trail: Bake Oven Knob to Lehigh Gap Lehighton PA
Clingman's Dome Overnight Loop Gatlinburg TN
Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry Front Royal VA
Big Devils Stairs Front Royal VA
Furnace Mountain / Trayfoot Mountain Overnight Loop Grottoes VA 20.6 mi
Whiteoak Canyon Falls Madison VA
Central Alpine Lakes Loop (Backpacking) Cle Elum WA
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlands Park Issaquah WA
Big Creek Falls (Taylor River) North Bend WA 10 mi
Appalachian Trail to Loudon Heights Trail Loop Harpers Ferry WV
Dolly Sods Wilderness Petersburg WV 19.4 mi

Trails.com Top Trails Page for more detailed information, broken down by activity and state.

World's best Treks
Best hikes in North America. at BestHike.com
Top 100 Hiking Trails at Tripleblaze.com
Best Hiking Trails at AmericasBestOnline.com
Best Hiking in Pennsylvania at trails.com
Best Hiking in Virginia at trails.com
New York State Hiking Trail Finder at SlackPacker.com
About trails (use, types, maintenance)
New Jersey Trails
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last updated 4 Mar 2013