Since I recently joined the 52 Hike Challenge, I’ve been inspired to dream up a short hiking list for 2016 — and this year, I’m venturing out of Pennsylvania. These are just a few of the places I plan to see this year.
These trails are in no particular order, and I don’t know what order I’ll hit them in. But they’ll be hiked, I promise you that.
Descriptions of each trail are from the trail’s website.
Allegheny Trail – Blackwater Falls State Park, W. Va.
Buttermilk Falls, N.Y.
Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge.
Glade Creek Trail – New River Gorge Park, W. Va.
This 5.6 mile trail follows an abandoned narrow-gauge railroad along Glade Creek. A number of cascades and small waterfalls add to the trail’s attraction.
Compton Peak – Shenandoah National Park, Va.
Compton Peak is a short hike in the northern district of Shenandoah National Park.
Taughannock Falls – Ithaca, N.Y.
Taughannock Falls is a 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Trumansburg, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels (there is also a more aggressive rim trail approximately 2.5 miles in length).
Buttermilk Falls – Ithaca, N.Y.
Buttermilk Falls State Park is a 6.2 mile multiple route trail located near Ithaca. While Buttermilk Falls is the main attraction, there are nine other waterfalls along the trail.