We’re all aware of the “Triple Crown” of hiking (the PCT, CDT and of course the AT). Each of these trails is well known along with several other trails across the United States (Arizona Trail, Colorado Trail, North Country Trail, etc). Each of these trails has a well established organization behind it to promote and develop the trail and the communities along those trails. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as well as the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) have performed remarkably in their efforts to preserve, develop and promote their respective trails. The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is well on their way in their efforts to do the same for the CDT.
While we may dream of someday hiking these trails, often we’re unable to for any number of reasons. Our individual reasons for not hiking any of the well known National Scenic Trails don’t have to keep us off a trail or out of touch with the natural beauty right outside our backdoors. There are local trail organizations that you can get involved with and immersed in. The Buckeye Trail covers 1,444 miles in Ohio and is overseen by the Buckeye Trail Association. The Pinhoti Trail is a 240 mile trail along the Appalachian Mountains in Alabama and Northwest Georgia.
A Google search will provide information about trails in your area.