It doesn’t really matter where you are, there’s probably a good hiking trail somewhere nearby. And who doesn’t love a good hike?! Well, ok, plenty of people don’t love hikes. But for those that do, check out this list of some of the greatest hikes from around the world. I know I’m going to try to hit all of them before I’m gone!
VIA DINARICA, BALKANS
This hike is truly epic. It starts in Albania and travels northwest through Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and finally ends at the beginning of the Dinaric Alps in Slovenia. Just so we’re clear, we’re talking about 783 miles, people. That’s incredible.
But make no mistake, it is very difficult. It’s divided into three, color-coded sections, and the first one, the White Trail, is the most difficult. The second is the Blue Trail and includes incredible views of the Adriatic Sea. And the third leg is known as the Green Trail and mostly travels through the forest of the lower Dinaric Alps.
CHALKUP 21, U.K.
This gorgeous hiking trail has only existed since September of 2017. It runs along the coast and takes hikers and cyclists through Deal, St. Margaret’s Bay, Kingsdown, and eventually finishes in Capel-le-Ferne. What makes this trail especially cool is that it also features artwork and sculptures done by local artists. Sounds pretty awesome if you ask me!
KANGAROO ISLAND WILDERNESS TRAIL, AUSTRALIA
I have a feeling you can guess what makes this trail so special. Kangaroos. Well, the wildlife in general. Kangaroo Island requires just a 30-minute flight from nearby Adelaide to reach. The whole trail takes about five days to walk, but it’s worth it if you have the time. The landscape and the wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, platypus, seals, and dolphins can be truly breathtaking.
THE GREAT TRAIL, CANADA
This trail was officially opened in 2017 and is now officially the longest trail in the world at roughly 15,000 miles. It includes over 500 individual trails and can be enjoyed in many different ways including hiking, cycling, riding horseback, or even skiing and snowmobiling depending on the weather. Or, if you’re more of a water-based adventurer, there are also plenty of waterways that allow for kayaking and canoeing.
JORDAN TRAIL, JORDAN
This is possible the extended hike for the history buff. It literally covers the entire country of Jordan in its 403 total miles. But, before you get too excited, you should know it takes about 36 days to complete in full. It is however broken into eight stages and only requires a moderate amount of fitness.
And if you can pull it off, you’ll be happy you did once you reach amazing landmarks like the city of Karak, the Dead Sea canyons, and the architectural feat that is the city of Petra.