KURU: Top 10 National Parks for Hiking in 2024

Yosemite National Park, California, ranked highest for hiking in KURU Footwear’s list of Top 10 national parks for hiking © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

With Memorial Day around the corner, many are planning their summer travel. In fact, 48% of Americans say visiting a National Park is on their bucket list.  KURU Footwear has analyzed all 63 U.S. National Parks to rank the top 10 based on number of trails, miles of trails, average trail rating, and park crowd levels. 

Highlights from the report:

  • Three of the top 10 best national parks for hiking are in California.
  • If you tried to hike every single National Park trail in the United States, it would take 11 years if you did one trail per day!
    • 325.5 million Americans visited a national park in 2023, up more than 13 million people than the previous year.

Top 10 National Parks for Hikers in 2024:

  1. Yosemite National Park (CA)
  2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC/TN)
  3. Yellowstone National Park (WY)
  4. Olympic National Park (WA)
  5. Shenandoah National Park (VA)
  6. Glacier National Park (MT)
  7. Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
  8. Sequoia National Park (CA)
  9. Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
  10. Kings Canyon National Park (CA)

Methodology: KURU used data from the National Park Service and AllTrails to find the number of available trails in all 63 National Parks in the United States, then ranked each on a scale of best to worst based on number of trails, miles of trails, average trail rating, and park crowd levels.

See the full ranking and report: https://www.kurufootwear.com/a/blog/best-national-parks-for-hiking

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