8 Great Winter Hikes in the U.S.

If you reside in a region that endures harsh winters, you know that as the cold weather approaches, there are significant changes to come. Some prime examples of these changes are outdoor activities, as volleyballs, golf clubs and kayaks get exchanged for skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles.

What people often forget, however, is that hiking is still a viable and practical option in the winter. Winter hiking can offer a completely different outdoor experience to a once-familiar landscape. It can also offer reprieve from unbearable summer heat, and it can offer solitude from the once-abundant tourist crowds.

If you're looking for a rewarding hike this winter, here are eight must-see locations.

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