Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and bees are buzzing; it’s spring. That sweet spot of warmth just after the winter and cool breeze right before the summer is a great time to get active. And, with the gorgeous weather and longer days, why not go out on a hike?
Here are three hiking trails that are perfect for the spring.
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail – Aspen, Colorado
Aspen’s icy, snowy mountains are a central highlight of Colorado. Now, imagine hiking through the stunning mountains in the scenic beauty that only spring can offer. The trail, while only a mile long, offers some of the best views of Colorado’s Maroon Bells—two mountain peaks that have become popular tourist destinations—in the world. The trail also offers up-close views of the crystal clear Maroon Lake, as well as mountain goats and bighorn sheep. This is one hiking trail you won’t want to miss.
Smoky Mountains Cove – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Drawing in a staggering 11 million visitors last year, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is by far the most visited national park in the country; and with good reason. Home to a diverse amount of wildlife and plant life and breathtaking vistas, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is well deserving of its title. In order to get a sense of some of the flora this park has to offer, make sure to take the Cove Hardwood Self-Guided Nature Trail. This ¾ mile trail features the park’s most famous plants, like mountain laurel and flame azaleas.
Grandfather Mountain – North Carolina
A hike located in my home state, Grandfather Mountain is probably the most unique trail on this list. I say that because it does not include one single trail; it boasts 11 trails, all varying in difficulty level and experience. Ranging from easy-going, flat hikes that take you past rolling meadows and green pastures, to rough and tough trails that require a decent amount of hiking experience in order to complete, Grandfather Mountain has it all. Regardless of which trail you choose, you are sure to enjoy a magnificent view. In addition to hiking, Grandfather Mountain includes a nature museum, a fudge shop and even a restaurant.