10 of the world’s most amazing long-distance trails
2:01 AM EST, Mon January 12, 2015
The Appalachian (U.S.) —
Highlights along the 3,510-kilometer Appalachian Trail include a section through North America's most diverse forest.
Courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The South West Coast Path (UK) —
Featuring 240-million-year-old rocks, the South West Coast Path's prehistoric UK cliffs feature spectacular formations like Durdle Door and Ladram Bay.
Te Araroa (New Zealand) —
Tramping the length of Te Araroa, as the Kiwis would say, from the gentle bays of Queen Charlotte to the volcanic Mount Tongariro, takes at least three months.
Continental Divide Trail (U.S.) —
Spanning 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Rocky Mountain spine of North America, the Continental Divide Trail takes hikers across arduous but spectacular terrain.
Baker Historical Trail (Sudan-Uganda) —
Africa's Baker Historical Trail is a collection of shorter trails, historic wagon roads and swathes of wilderness to pioneer.
Julian Monroe Fisher
Oregon Desert Trail (U.S.) —
The isolation and scarcity of water over long sections of the Oregon Desert Trail pose a serious challenge for hikers.
Brent Fenty/Oregon Natural Desert Association
Grand Italian Trail (Italy) —
Stretching 3,830 miles, the Grand Italian Trail was forged in 1995 during the first Walk Italy. The route runs through the majestic Dolomites and rich Tuscan vineyards to the jaw-dropping Amalfi Coast.
Gino Cianci Fototeca/ENIT
Great Himalayan Trail (Nepal) —
The high route on the Great Himalayan Trail it peaks at a breathless 6,146 meters (20,164 feet).
Great Himalaya Trail
Hokkaido Nature Trail (Japan) —
Japan's northernmost island is roughly the size of Austria. A complete tour of the Hokkaido Nature Trail takes seven months and is best divided by either side of winter.
Walk Japan Limited
Trans Panama Trail (Panama) —
This cross-Panama route takes hikers from Colombia to Costa Rica, and promises encounters with remote indigenous tribes like the Kuna and Embera.