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Put your best foot, or boot, forward and go on a hike near your favorite Bluegreen resort. Hiking trails are plentiful and are a great way to bond with nature, explore the beauty of the world and obtain that all-important exercise while on vacation. New to hiking? Click here for some helpful hints and tips before embarking on your adventure.

The Benefits of Hiking
Hiking offers benefits in the form of strength training, cardio and aerobic exercise. Hills and uneven ground force you to use muscles to traverse the pathways. Hiking for long periods of time will raise your heart rate. The simple act of walking several miles is extraordinary aerobic exercise. Hiking has other health benefits. Besides getting fresh air and sunlight, it allows you to get closer to nature, which can create peace of mind, increase relaxation and your sense of well being. In short, hiking is good for your body, your mind and your soul. Lace up those boots, grab your backpack and water bottle, and take a hike on these spectacular trails near Bluegreen resorts.

Nearby Bluegreen Resort: Shenandoah Crossing™

Moorman’s River & Turk Branch Trail
The south end of Shenandoah National Park features Moorman’s River, a 4.2-mile hike that climbs gently from the banks of Moorman’s River to an impressive waterfall and back. Nearby Turk Branch Trail features a 6.2-mile hike past tranquil mountain streams and historic homesteads, where you’re likely to catch a glimpse of deer and black bears along the way.

7006-7176 Sugar Hollow Rd
Crozet, VA 22932

Old Rag Mountain
At the north end of Shenandoah National Park, Old Rag Mountain offers a more challenging hike past switchbacks, boulder scrambles and rock mazes on a glorious 8.6-mile loop that ascends the mountain and offers a bird’s-eye view of the park’s autumn splendor.

Old Rag Parking Lot
Nethers Rd
Etlan, VA 22719

Nearby Bluegreen Resorts: The Fountains and Orlando’s Sunshine Resort™

Big Tree Park
Big Tree Park is the home of several giant cypress trees like Lady Liberty, and you can go hiking into the 1,500-acre Spring Hammock Preserve.

761 General Hutchison Pkwy
Longwood, FL 32750

Bear Creek Nature Trail
Bear Creek Nature Trail is perfect for new hikers as it follows the creekside in a loop.

1535 Winter Springs Blvd
Winter Springs, FL 32708

Citrus Hiking Loop
The Citrus Hiking Loop consists of more than 40 miles of trails and contains rolling hills, and is therefore considered challenging.

Withlacoochee State Forest
15019 Broad St
Brooksville, FL 34601

Cady Way Trail
The Cady Way Trail is completely urban. It runs from the Fashion Square Mall area in Orlando to Cady Way Park in the community of Winter Park. An abandoned roadbed of the East Florida & Atlantic Railroad, this 6.5 mile rail trail passes along a golf course and tranquil memorial garden.

Cady Way Trail
Winter Park, FL 32792

Wekiwa Springs State Park
The Wekiwa Springs State Park encompasses more than 7,000 acres and features a 13.5-mile hiking loop for those so inclined, as well as smaller trails.

1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Nearby Bluegreen Resorts: Laurel Crest™ and MountainLoft™

Cades Cove
Exploring Cades Cove by foot allows you to experience everything this area has to offer at your own pace. Numerous trails are available and each possesses its own set of challenges.

Cable Mill Rd
Townsend, TN 37882

Clingmans Dome
At 6,643 feet, this high elevation spruce-fir forest is the highest in the Great Smoky Mountains— and the state of Tennessee. Walk up a half-mile to the top of the Observation Tower for a 360-degree perspective of the Smokies. Under perfect weather conditions, views can extend beyond 100 miles.

Clingmans Dome
Bryson City, NC 28713

Laurel Falls Trail
Arguably one of the most popular hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Laurel Falls trail is an easy hike at just over a 2.5-mile round trip. Its trailhead is roughly 6 miles from the Gatlinburg park entrance and parking is limited. The trail leads to the 80-foot-high Laurel Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the park. The trail is paved and is suitable for strollers.

Little River Gorge Road
Sevierville, TN 37862

Sugarland Valley Nature Trail
This is another popular and easy hike, and is especially ideal for kids, strollers and wheelchairs. It’s a short, fully paved and very interesting hike, as it meanders through various scenic features like historic ruins, creeks and old-growth forest. There are also tactile exhibits along the trail that kids will love. It’s just over a 1-mile round trip, and the trailhead can be found right on U.S. 441 after entering the park at the Gatlinburg entrance.

Sugarland Valley Accessible Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Gatlinburg Trail
Offering a one-way trip of just under two miles, this is one of only two walking paths in the park that permits bicycles and pets. The Gatlinburg Trail is an easy hike on a level trail that runs alongside the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. The trail features great views of the river, with an easy footbridge crossing and a view of some homestead ruins. The trailhead is located right at the Sugarlands Visitor Center just inside the Gatlinburg entrance to the park.

River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Nearby Bluegreen Resorts: Christmas Mountain Village™ and Bluegreen Odyssey Dells™

Devil’s Lake State Park
Located just 15 miles south of Wisconsin Dells, Devil’s Lake State Park is a must-visit location for those who enjoy hiking. The east side of the lake offers trails including the half-mile Group Camp Trail, 0.7-mile Grottos Trail, and amazing geological formations like Devil’s Doorway and Balanced Rock. For soaring vistas from cliffs 500 feet above the crystal-clear waters of the lake, take the West Bluff trail. For the most challenging hikes in the area, and the best views, check out the South Face Loop or the figure of 8 loops.

S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299

Nearby Bluegreen Resort: Cibola Vista Resort and Spa

West Fork Trail
One of the most popular foliage paths, this trail is lined with willows and maples, making it a leaf peeping experience that nearly rivals those found along the northeastern states.

1701 Shady Lane
Sedona, AZ 86336

Huckaby Trail
Cottonwoods and other bushes usually peak in the first couple of weeks in November along this 3 hour trip.

Huckaby Trail
Sedona, AZ 86336

Secret Canyon Trail
Though the hues tend to be more subdued and the experience more solitary, you still find the rich cranberry of peak-season maples along the canyon bottom.

Secret Canyon Trail
Sedona, AZ 86336

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