Hikes Near Cities
You don't have to travel far from major American cities to find outstanding hiking trails. There are all sorts of hikes near cities, as well as many trails right in urban parks.
From paths in Rock Creek Park to a section of the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, all sorts of hiking escapes await near the nation's capital.
Randy and Pam Golden offer a helpful list of hikes near Atlanta at their website GeorgiaTrails.com. You'll find trails in the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area and other public lands within easy reach of Atlanta.
North of Santa Barbara, a wild section of the California coast offers beach hikes that explore towering dunes and long, isolated shoreline areas.