Links to Hiking Trails, by State
..and Tunes to travel along with
Unfortunately, the average slackpacker spends almost as much time behind the wheel as on foot. Whether cruising cross country or driving to a trailhead, or cruising cross country to a trailhead, or driving...well, it helps pass the time if you do it with the right soundtrack.
In the good old days, you dusted off a few albums and made a hot cassette tape. (Some of us still do) Today, I suppose, you download a file and burn a CD. Whatever your method, here's a tune for every state...with some reference in the lyrics.
Please click on the appropriate link below for hiking trails by state. Feel free to hum any of the listed tunes while waiting for the page to load. The tune links go to amazon.com, where you can usually listen to a sample. The reason we use amazon.com for our affiliate links is that they provide excellent service; you can return an item with no hassles.
[Alabama] Alabama Getaway -- The Grateful Dead; Sweet Home Alabama -- Lynyrd Skynyrd
[Alaska] North to Alaska -- Johnny Horton
[Arizona] Arizona -- Mark Lindsay; Take It Easy -- The Eagles; Big Iron -- Marty Robbins; By the Time I Get to Phoenix -- Glen Campbell; or how about Carefree Highway -- Gordon Lightfoot.
[Arkansas] What'd I Say -- Ray Charles
[California] California Girls -- The Beach Boys; California Dreamin' -- Mamas & Papas; San Francisco -- Scott McKenzie; California Saga, Part III (On My Way to Sunny California) -- Beach Boys
[Colorado] Rocky Mountain High -- John Denver; Up On Cripple Creek -- The Band; virtually any song by John Denver.
[Connecticut] Peace Frog -- The Doors
[Delaware] Delaware -- Perry Como; Delaware Slide -- George Thorogood
[Florida] Tallahassee Lassie -- Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon; Theme from Miami Vice -- Jan Hammer; Seminole Wind -- John Anderson
[Georgia] Rainy Night In Georgia -- Brook Benton; East Bound and Down -- Jerry Reed
[Hawaii] Blue Hawaii -- Elvis Presley; Kona Coast -- The Beach Boys
[Idaho] Private Idaho -- B52s
[Illinois] Chicago -- Frank Sinatra; Rock Island Line
-- Johnny Horton
[Indiana] Indiana Wants Me -- R. Dean Taylor; Gary, Indiana -- Robert Preston; Back Home Again In Indiana -- Jim Nabors
[Iowa] Iowa Stubborn -- Cast of "The Music Man"
[Kansas] Wichita Lineman -- Glen Campbell
[Kentucky] Kentucky Rain -- Elvis Presley; Piece of the Road -- Tom T. Hall; Busfare to Kentucky -- Skeeter Davis
[Louisiana] Way Down Yonder in New Orleans -- Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon; New Orleans -- Gary "U.S." Bonds
[Maine] King of the Road -- Roger Miller
[Maryland] Hungry Heart -- Bruce Springsteen
[Massachusetts] Old Cape Cod -- Patti Page; Massachusetts -- The Bee Gees
[Michigan] Detroit City -- Bobby Bare; Saginaw, Michigan -- Left Frizzell; I also have to add Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot.
[Minnesota] Love Is All Around -- Joan Jett
[Mississippi] Jackson -- Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan or Johnny Cash & June Carter; My Head's In Mississippi -- ZZ Top; Mississippi Cotton Pickin' Delta Town -- Charley Pride
[Missouri] Kansas City Star -- Roger Miller; Kansas City -- Wilbert Harrison; Cowboy -- Eddy Arnold
[Montana] American Dreams -- Hoyt Axton
[Nebraska] Convoy -- C.W. McCall; Three Days Out Of Omaha -- Sonny James
[Nevada] Viva Las Vegas -- Elvis Presley; Viva Las Vegas -- ZZ Top
[New Hampshire] Durham Town -- Roger Whittaker
[New Jersey] Born to Run -- Bruce Springsteen
[New Mexico] Tucumcari -- Jimmie Rodgers
[New York] New York, New York -- Frank Sinatra; The E-RI-E Canal -- The Weavers; Rhinestone Cowboy -- Glen Campbell; Brooklyn Roads -- Neil Diamond; Nights on Broadway -- Bee Gees
[North Carolina] Sweet Caroline -- Neil Diamond; Durham Town -- Roger Whittaker
[North Dakota] No brainer here...almost anything by Vic Pellerano is perfect for a trip to North Dakota. Locals call him "The John Denver of the Dakotas." We assume that means he's a good soul, perhaps a bit flaky, and an excellent singer/songwriter. You can verify the latter if you click on this link. Good stuff, and a real must to have in your CD player if you're doing the Teddy Roosevelt thing.
[Ohio] Gonna Take A Lot of River -- The Oak Ridge Boys
[Oklahoma] Okie From Muskogee -- Merle Haggard; Tulsa Time
-- Don Williams
[Oregon] Love's Been Good to Me -- Frank Sinatra; or Love's Been Good to Me -- Mark Lindsay
[Pennsylvania] Philadelphia Freedom -- Elton John; Allentown -- Billy Joel
[Puerto Rico] Miss You -- The Rolling Stones
[South Carolina] Drive South -- Suzy Bogguss
[South Dakota] South Dakota -- Liz Phair. Also, see description under North Dakota above for almost anything by Vic Pellerano, the John Denver of the Dakotas.
[Tennessee] Memphis -- Johnny Rivers; Rocky Top -- The Osborne Brothers; Smoky Mountain Rain -- Ronnie Milsap; Tennessee Waltz -- Patti Page; Nashville -- David Houston
[Texas] God Blessed Texas -- Little Texas; La Grange -- ZZ Top; El Paso -- Marty Robbins; Cross the Brazos at Waco -- Billy Walker; Luckenbach, Texas -- Waylon Jennings; Galveston -- Glen Campbell
[Utah] Salt Lake City and Spirit of America -- The Beach Boys;
[Vermont] Moonlight In Vermont -- Margaret Whiting
[Virgin Islands] Creeque Alley -- The Mamas & Papas
[Virginia] Carry Me Back to Old Virginny -- Jerry Lee Lewis; Valley Road -- Bruce Hornsby; Battle of Bull Run -- Johnny Horton
[Washington] Seattle -- Perry Como
[West Virginia] Take Me Home, Country Roads -- John Denver
[Wisconsin] Madison Blues -- George Thorogood
[Wyoming] Green River -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
Canada Up In Canada -- Larry Norman; Canadian Sunset -- Andy Williams
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