Posted on October 01, 2021
When adventure seekers envision the best hiking trips, they often think of challenging terrain and being immersed in nature. For timeshare vacationers, this may be the case but often hiking can end up as a glorified walk.
That’s the funny thing about hiking, since some people plan for an experience just short of a Mayo Clinic stress test, while others may be looking for the next rest bench.
I remember visiting family in Northern Virginia a few years ago and my cousin wanted to hike up to the Bears Den Lookout with the whole family. Even the Park website calls it a “short, easy hike.” Next thing I knew I was climbing rocks and over boulders to get to this place. The view towards the west was terrific. My Sketchers took a pounding but lived to tell about it.
It ended up being a lot of fun and I really enjoyed hiking with the kids. What this has to do with timeshares is anyone’s guess, but it brings to mind why the term hiking can mean different things to different people.
For timeshares, it is important to note that the best hiking may not be right at the resort, but in a National Park or State Park close to the resort. Timeshare resorts are famous for embellishing their amenities, and this is one term that can rank near the top of the exaggeration scale.
We wanted to provide a list of the best timeshares for hiking trips based on a combination of great hiking trails along with the level of amenities and comfort required by today’s timeshare owners.
And a great hot tub to soak away the soreness of the day.
Below you’ll see a list of the timeshare resorts in locations known as great hiking destinations. Because we wanted to diversify the destinations, the resorts below are the most popular for their respective town or region.
The resorts chosen are based on the popularity of the offers submitted by prospective buyers through our online platform, so this is chosen by you, the consumer. For resort details, please click on the names of the resorts.
(South Lake Tahoe, CA)
Because the resort is located in South Lake Tahoe, you are close to some of the best hiking in the area. You’ll have a choice of easier hikes along the shoreline or more aggressive hikes in the higher elevations. Check out the Cascade Falls trail, about eight miles from town, or the Eagle Lake trail featuring the beautiful Eagle Falls. A little closer is the Mt. Tallac trail, a more strenuous hike of about 10 miles round trip with an elevation of about 3,200 feet. It is the tallest peak for hiking in Tahoe.
(Newport Coast, CA)
Most people think of the coast and beaches when they think of this area, but there are wonderful state parks and peaks around this always popular timeshare resort. The resort sits in the midst of several trails, with Crystal Cove State Park offering a number of options such as the moderate El Moro Canyon Loop and Red Tail Ridge trails or the more difficult Pacific Ridge trail. An easier option is the Crystal Cove trail which intersects the coast, even though it is a longer trail than the others.
At the northern end of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the Emerald Isle is always a fascinating outdoor destination. The Wyllie’s Beach trail is close to these timeshares and considered an easy hike, as are the Puu Poa and Sea Lodge Beach trails. More active hikers may want to venture out of town to the Okolehao trail and its 1,200 feet of elevation. Plus, there is always the stunning Na Pali Coast to consider.
Along the southern end of Kauai in the Poipu region near the southern-most tip of the island, you will have some great hiking options. The Mahaulepu trail takes four miles round trip and along the coast and over rocky terrain, but with wildlife viewing and terrific coastal scenery. The Makauwahi Cave trail takes you to the largest limestone cave in Hawaii with fossils and about 100 types of native plant life. The more adventurous hikers will want to head out to Waimea Canyon State Park, about an hour drive from the resort.
From this Wyndham timeshare resort you will have access to the amazing Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its 800 miles of trails winding through the mountains. Closer to the resort, try the Headrick Top Trailhead, the Cedar Falls Nature Walk or further east to Foxfire Mountain trail. The bigger attractions are in the Smokies, so head toward Gatlinburg and into the park where you will find the easier Laurel Falls trail and moderate Grotto Falls trail (about 1 ½ hours) and more difficult Rainbow Falls trail (about 3 hours) and Chimney Tops trail (2 ½ hours).
With the Ozark Mountains as your backdrop, this timeshare resort near Table Rock Lake is the perfect launching point. The White River trail is just down the road from the resort, considered a moderate hike and meanders through the Table Rock State Park. Just north of town are also moderate hikes at the Roark Creek Waterfall trail and Hennings Wildlife Refuge. Further out of town is Dogwood Canyon with nine miles of trails featuring streams and waterfalls.