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Top 10 National Parks for Hiking: Yosemite, Olympic, Sequoia, Glacier

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  • Yosemite is the number one park on KURU Footwear’s “Top 10 National Parks for Hiking” list.
  • Choose a national park with plenty of trails to ensure “there is something for everyone,” KURU said.
  • The list is based on a park’s total number, distance, and average trail ratings.

You want to discover the best trails in the National Park Service has to offer? With over 44,000 combined miles to choose from, consider these national parks ranked as the best for hiking.

Utah-based shoe company KURU said it used total trail count, trail distance, average trail rating, annual visitor count and park area to determine the “Top 10 Best National Parks for Hiking” and refine more than 4,155 combined trails in 63 national parks. Choosing a park with a large number of trails is a smart option for hiking families who want to make sure “there’s something for everyone,” the company said.

The longest trail in the national park system is the North Country Trail – spanning 4,600 miles across eight states. Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis, the worst of all national parks for hiking, with a single 3 km long trail.

Yosemite rated #1. It was also part of the Family Vacation Guide best national parks for you and your family to visit this summer list and was one of 25 most visited parks in the National Park System last year.

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1. Yosemite, California

  • 278 trails

  • 4,729 total miles of trails

  • 4.56 /5 average trail rating

2. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

  • 348 trails

  • 4,354 total miles of trails

  • 4.38 /5 average trail rating

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3.Yellowstone, Wyoming

  • 267 trails

  • 3,507 total miles of trails

  • 4.2/5 average trail rating

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4. Olympic National Park, Washington

  • 194 tracks

  • 3,072 total miles of trails

  • 4.28 /5 average trail rating

A person snowshoes at Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park December 28, 2008 in Washington.

5. Shenandoah, Virginia

  • 264 trails

  • 2,667 total miles of trails

  • 4.34 /5 average trail rating

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A view through a canopy of trees in full fall color October 24, 2015, along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

6. Glacier, Alaska

  • 154 tracks

  • 2,160 total miles of trails

  • 4.43 /5 average trail rating

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7. Rocky Mountain, Colorado

  • 235 tracks

  • 1,970 total miles of trail

  • 4.5/5 average trail rating

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People walk near the Trail Ridge Road May 23, 2003, in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

8. Sequoia, California

  • 98 tracks

  • 1,624 total miles of trails

  • 4.48 /5 average trail rating

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9. Grand Canyon, Arizona

  • 133 tracks

  • 1,562 total miles of trails

  • 4.32 /5 average trail rating

Eric Luth wades through the water in the Red Gulch of a side canyon of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.
A rainbow crosses the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, September 7, 2002.

10. Kings Canyon, California

  • 68 tracks

  • 1,583 total miles of trails

  • 4.47 /5 average trail rating

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Camille Fine is a Trending Visual Producer on USA TODAY’s NOW team.