10 US cities built for the urban hiker

While major cities might be most known as concrete jungles with millions of inhabitants, many hold impressive distances of trails perfect for exploring the natural world. Here are some of the best landscapes for metropolitan hiking.

Text by Greg Thilmont | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Jun 3, 2013 12:43PM
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SLC shouldn't have been on there. If you enjoy choking on air pollution a desert climate, then come here. I can't handle walking around because it's either 100 degrees or snowing.
Jun 3, 2013 11:28AM
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What about Portland? We have Forest Park which is 5,100 acres WITHIN Portland's city limits. Wildwood Trail alone is 40 miles round trip.
Jun 3, 2013 10:58AM
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Hey! What about the Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas. It spans the Arkansas River as it connects Little Rock to North Little Rock. It is the longest pedestrian bridge in the country.
Jun 3, 2013 10:54AM
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Anchorage, Alaska would be a great place to hike, or be eaten by a bear.
May 3, 2013 10:39AM
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Can't believe the editor did not even look at Anchorage, Alaska.

 

Anchorage has been recognized by Runners World, Bicycling Magazine and the American Hiking Society as having one of the best trail systems in the United States, and it’s easy to see why!

 

With the third-largest state park in the nation and hundreds of miles of backcountry trails at your doorstep, it's time to lace up the shoes and discover Alaska. But there's no reason to take the trip alone; learn about Anchorage's wild residents and Alaska's amazing geologic history on walks with knowledgeable naturalists.

May 3, 2013 10:07AM
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what a crock of $hit, none of the cities were built for hikers.

they were built for people and commerce

May 3, 2013 10:05AM
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Milwaukee lists 94.3 miles of trails on just the Oak Leaf Trail. And there's so much more...RiverWalk, Lincoln Memorial Drive, Root River Parkway, Menomonee River Parkway. That really dwarfs what the author lists for Denver, Mpls, Atlanta, Phoenix, LA, Salt Lake City, and Austin. Having been to all those places, I think our author needs to take a few trips elsewhere.
May 3, 2013 10:01AM
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Seems to me if it has sidewalks...you can "urban" hike there.
May 3, 2013 9:33AM
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I'd put Portland Oregon on that list!
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