Here are 5 adventurous places to hike you probably didn’t even know about. These are just a few of the sights to see for those who think they’ve seen it all.
We all know the names: Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and even Mount Rushmore. These are some of the most well-known places to visit on foot and enjoy thoroughly.
Well here are five of the most beautiful natural wonders to behold that you might not have heard of. Take a little journey from the comfort of your own home and find these off-the-beaten-track sites that are out there to be seen by all.
1. Howe Caverns: Schoharie County, New York
Those from the great state of New York will attest to the amazing sights to be seen on a hike through the state’s most famous caves.
Discovered in 1842 by Lester Howe after noticing that his cows would gather together at the bottom of a hill near his home on hot summer days, the caverns remain a constant 52 degrees year-round.
2. Sandbanks Provincial Park: Ontario, Canada
Along Lake Ontario’s northern shore near the Bay of Quinte area, Sandbanks boasts the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formations.
Bring a camera because as a bird migration hotspot in both spring and fall the many trails and dunes offer a spectacular view as well as a wonderful hiking opportunity.
3. Eternal Flame Falls: Chestnut Ridge Park, New York
An “eternal flame” hidden behind a… waterfall? It has to be seen to be believed! This strange sight is fueled by a pocket of natural gas that emanates from behind the falls, which stays lit despite the rushing water around it.
4. Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Parkway: Virginia-North Carolina
With names like Linville Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Crabtree Falls, Graveyard Falls, Cascades Falls, Fallingwater Cascades, Glassmine Falls, Apple Orchard Falls, and my favorite, Skinny Dip Falls, the Blue Ridge Parkway in the states of Virginia and North Carolina are replete with places to get out of the car and stretch your legs.
5. Highland Trail, Algonquin Provincial Park: Ontario, Canada
At about 3,000 square miles, Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario has a lot to see. The challenging Highland Trail can be accessed from the trailhead at the Mew Lake Campground.
It is meant as an overnight backpack trail with two loops of 20 and 35 kilometers in length, respectively.
There’s nothing like a mystery. These off-the-radar locations will make you think about other places to hike you didn’t know existed.
Where there’s a will there’s a way. Finding and hiking these areas starts with the enjoyment of discovering their location, planning a trip, and making it all happen with your feet.
What else should be on this list?