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Best American Hikes for Spring's Green

May 1, 2006  Hiker of 14,000 foot peaks and destructor of hiking boots
3.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

American hiking destinations that are either green in the spring (before turning brown in the summer) or that keep their green all year long. It's not just hiking, though. Each place is a worthy destination apart from the hiking.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Olympic National Park, Marin County, Spring Green, Honolulu
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park
    Olympic National Park, Washington

    The Hoh Rainforest is the only rainforest in the continental United States and must be the greenest place I've ever been. Guided walks by knowledgeable rangers available if you want to learn about the ecosystem, or miles of trails available to explore on your own.

  • 2. Marin Headlands
    Marin Headlands, Marin County, California

    The Marin Headlands keep their green for only a few months a year-- enjoy it while it lasts! The six-mile trail from Muir Woods National Monument to Stinson Beach passes through ancient redwoods and over the tops of the headlands before dipping down, with incredible views, to the coast. Consider staying at the HI Marin Headlands Hostel, once an old army fort.

  • 3. Spring Green, Wisconsin
    Spring Green, Wisconsin

    Being a Wisconsinite at heart, I had to include this on the list! The area around Spring Green (west of Madison by about 45 minutes) gets its topography from the Wisconsin River, along which you can enjoy some great hikes. While you're in Spring Green, visit Taliesin, the once home of Frank Lloyd Wright, and American Players' Theater, an outdoor Shakespeare theater featuring a short but genuine hike from the parking lot up through the woods to the theater.

  • 4. Manoa Falls
    Manoa Falls, Honolulu, Oahu

    It's not the most secluded hiking experience as the second most popular trail on Oahu, but there's a reason it's so popular. You'll walk through lush, tropical forest on your way to Manoa Falls, whose natural pool is the perfect place to cool off. Located just outside of Honolulu, it's worth an afternoon away from the beach, if only to give your blistering shoulders a break from the sun.

  • 5. Appalachian Trail, TN/ NC state line

    Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a classic. The stretch marking the border between Tennessee and North Carolina boasts the highest elevations of the trail (6000+ feet), as well as the spectacularly green Roan Highlands, before winding its way into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  • 6. Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, Steamboat Springs, CO

    The Rocky Mountains are rocky, indeed, not green. But how can I fail to include a hike in my home state? Not far from Steamboat Springs, CO is out-of-the-way Mt. Zirkel Wilderness,with miles and miles of hiking through green river valleys, great fishing, and views of a few rockier mountains. Soothe your sore quads with a soak in the Strawberry Hot Springs near Steamboat.