13 Major U.S. Hiking Trails: A List of the Longest Hiking Trails in America

5. American Discovery Trail

At an estimated 6,800 miles, the American Discovery Trail is one of the longest hiking trails in the world. Stretching from coast-to-coast, the American Discovery Trail passes through 15 states — Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.

The American Discovery Trail is unique because it is made up of a collection of both hiking and biking trails, with most of the trail allowing horses as well. It passes through 14 national parks, 16 national forests, and uses trail sections from 5 other National Scenic Trail systems.

Only a few people have actually completed the entire trail; most notably was Mike “Lion King” Daniel who was the first person to backpack the entire 6,800 miles in one continuous hike.

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