The epic battle of East coast versus West coast will likely never fade. Everything from best food to best music have been topics of debate for decades. When it comes to nature, many believe the west coast wins because of their vast number of National Parks. But, there are a few hiking destinations sprinkled along the east coast that are worthy contenders against the wonders of the West coast.

 

Tallulah Gorge:

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This two mile long canyon comes loaded with hiking trails for all levels of experience. It’s 1,000 foot depth makes it one of the most dramatic canyons on the east coast. Located in the northeast corner of Georgia, the Tallulah Gorge offers a wide range of activities for travelers. Guided hikes along the north and south rims take adventure seekers around the entirety of the canyon. Many come from around the globe to see the 96-foot-tall Hurricane Falls. With 20 miles of trails to choose from, any hiker can find their perfect experience. More adventures around the gorge include; mountain biking, tennis, swimming, fishing, and kayaking.

 

Old Rag Mountain:

The sun begins to shine on the Piedmont plateau east of Shenandoah National Park.

The beast that is Old Rag lives within the Shenandoah mountain range. It is home to one of the most dangerous hiking trails on the East coast. The trail is so dangerous that the National Park Service strongly recommends the hike to only those with decent experience. Though the total trail only stretches 9 miles, it will likely take most of the day to complete. The mountain located in northern Virginia draws crowds in on a daily basis. Those brave enough to endure the hike’s danger will find breathtaking views any time of year.

 

Ocean Path Trail:

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Located in Acadia National Park, this hassle-free trail suits hikers of all ages. A brief 4 mile round trip will take adventurers along flat paths through breathtaking nature. The views throughout Ocean Path Trail includes boulder-lined beaches and pink rock formations. Along the trail hikers may also get to experience Thunder Hole. This unique experience occurs when air becomes forced out of an ocean cavern, making a loud “clap” or thunder-like noises. Due to Maine’s frigid winter temperatures, the best time to venture along the Ocean Path Trail is late summer.