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I was left with the impression that the author needed to fill the blank spaces and so choose well known hikes. So much was missed. In those cases where I am familiar with what that state has to offer I got the distinct impression that the author was mislead. I do this myself, mislead. Because I hike and I like to hike in relative peace without the clamoring crowds. So I don't tell people about the good hikes.
There were some good ideas so it was OK. But a better article would be best hikes from each of the 50 states and include all the best hikes. Would it make the article too long? Probably. Would it make it more useful and honest? Probably.
Suggestion: Open it up. Ask for best hikes for each state and let actual hikers (not the chamber of commerce or authors) make suggestions. Then create an ordered list for each state with the most highly recommended hikes at the top and least highly recommended hikes lower down.
At the very least this would fix one glaring problem with this article. Some states have a thousand great hikes and you simply cannot define that state by the one famous hike. Some states don't have so much and one hike may be all there is to say. But you cannot equate Delaware with Arizona or California. Just saying.