Infographic from REI: 11 National Scenic Hiking Trails in the United States

The AT passes right through the Delaware Water Gap
National Recreation Area, one of my favorite hiking areas.
Early April marks the time when most intrepid thru-hikers are advised to start their journey on the Appalachian Trail (source). They'll spend five to seven months on the trail and cover approximately 2,200 miles. Combine the AT with the Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles) and the Pacific Crest Trail (2,663 miles), and you'll achieve the sought-after triple crown of long distance hiking in the United States. But there's more to long distance hiking than just those three popular options. 

With nearly 19,000 miles of trail available, the 11 National Scenic Trails in the United States provide endless opportunities for exploration. And as you'll see in the infographic below, there's something for hikers in most parts of the country. As of this post, the Appalachian Trail is the only one of these National Scenic Trails I've hiked on, but it's a life goal to try part of as many of them as possible.  

How many of these trails have you set foot on already? I'd love to hear your experiences in the comments!
Hiking the Beautiful USA: US National Scenic Trails Map

Thanks to REI for creating yet another awesome infographic. While you're planning your next adventure, check out REI's wide selection of hiking gear!