Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

A Hiker's Guide to Lesser-Known Trails

Over the past several years, I’ve been spending less time on the “major artery” trails like the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail and more on the lesser-known national and regional footpaths. As I’ve noted before, many of these trails, particularly regional ones, are kept alive by small, extremely dedicated groups of financial supporters and volunteers. Trail maintenance and protection from encroachment are ongoing, stressful parts of their mostly unpaid jobs. They deserve any support we can give them in return.

My hope is to help others discover these great hiking destinations by creating this informal guide. For more information about any of them, I urge you to reach out to the individual organizations. Please stay tuned, as I will continue to add to my pages dedicated to the individual trails.

Getting Started

The following is my admittedly east coast centric list of regional trails on my “have done”, “working on” and “to do” lists. I added the various statuses to provide some context for my familiarity with each.

Lesser-Known Trails I've Started