4 Best Parks to Visit in the Southern US If You Love Hiking

Updated: Jan 28, 2019



When it comes to planning a hiking trip, you can't go wrong with choosing a park that is located in the South. With great weather and diverse habitats, these four parks offer you a hiking experience you won't forget.


Everglades National Park


Everglades National Park is perhaps one of the southernmost parks that is perfect for hikers. Located in Florida, this park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. Its unique landscape features marshes, swamps, and incredible mangrove forests. On your hike, you will be able to spot a wealth of different wildlife, such as egrets, storks, gators, and maybe even a Florida panther. Everglades National Park offers plenty of different hiking trails that include the Gumbo Limbo Trail and the Pineland Trail. You’re sure to find the right trail for your hiking experience level.


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Smoky Mountain National Park


Smoky Mountain National Park is located in beautiful North Carolina right on the Tennessee border. The park boasts some of the best nature views and hiking trails in the country. It is also one of the most visited parks in the country, as it offers stunning mountain views, ridges, and deep, beautiful forests. You can find a variety of different hiking trails in the park.


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Shenandoah National Park


Shenandoah National Park is located a mere 100 miles away from the hustling and bustling Washington, D.C., area in Virginia, but these two places couldn’t be more different. Shenandoah National Park is full of waterfalls, mountains, and forests that make it the ideal place for a hiking trip. In fact, the park has over 500 miles of trails so that you can pick the right one for you depending on your experience and how long of a hike you want. The waterfall hikes are one of the most popular, but you can also hike part of the Appalachian Trail.


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Tallulah Gorge State Park


Tallulah Gorge State Park is another great option for a hike. Located in Georgia, this park features the Hurricane Falls Bridge, which is a suspension bridge that stretches 80 feet above a rocky gorge. From there, you can take in the river and waterfalls. The park also offers several different tours, including one where you can explore wild caves. As for hiking, there are plenty of trails, and sometimes the park offers guided hikes for special events, including a Father’s Day hike.


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No matter which Southern park you choose to visit, you're sure to have an amazing hiking experience! So gather your gear and supplies and go see what nature has to offer.


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