Pack Some Snacks and Hit the Trail: An Unbound Guide to National Parks

Ah, summer—the season of sunshine, traveling, and the great outdoors! If you enjoy exploring nature and snacking along the way, there is absolutely nothing like hiking through the untamed beauty of our national parks with Unbound Snacks in your pack to fuel your journey. But with 63 national parks and thousands of miles of hiking, choosing a trail can be as difficult as deciding which Unbound Snacks flavor to bring! But do nut worry, we’ve done the research and identified some of the best national park hikes along with their ideal Unbound flavor pairing.

Sunrise Nature Trail, Mount Rainer National Park, Washington – Butter Toffee

The Sunrise Nature Trail in Mount Rainier National Park is smooth and sweet, just like Unbound Snacks’ Butter Toffee walnuts. This stunning Pacific Northwest trail traverses an alpine meadow with views of Mount Rainier and the Cascades. Visit in early summer to frolic amongst the wildflowers and enjoy a nearly 360-degree view of the surrounding valleys. As the name suggests, this is the ideal sunrise hike, pairing perfectly with our Butter Toffee walnuts and your morning coffee.

Observation Point Trail, Yellowstone National Park, Montana – Salt & Pepper

Salt & Pepper is a classic flavor, simple yet deep and full of wisdom. As America’s oldest national park, Yellowstone is home to some of the most iconic hikes and views in the country, and Observation Point Trail arguably provides the best. This easy 2.3-mile loop takes you close to Yellowstone’s famous hot springs and gushing geysers, including Old Faithful. At Observation Point, sit back with a bag of Unbound Salt & Pepper walnuts to watch Old Faithful erupt from above!

Rim-to-Rim Hike, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – Chili Lime

Hiking the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim is a bucket-list feat for adventurous (and nutty) souls. This 24-mile trek is for those who like a challenge, savor some spice, and can handle the heat – like Chili Lime lovers. With the right gear, preparation, lots of water, and of course some hearty Unbound Snacks, this can be one of the most nut-worthy experiences of your life. Fun fact: Some park rangers recommend eating salty snacks (like Unbound Snacks) along with drinking water on a difficult hike to keep up your energy and electrolytes!

Charlies Bunion Trail via Appalachian Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee – Roasted Original

Within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most popular national park in the U.S., Charles Bunion is one of the oldest, longest, and most famous hiking trails. For this hike, pack some nourishing Roasted Original walnuts to travel eastbound along the Appalachian Trail and reach a large rock outcrop known as Charlies Bunion. The Appalachian Trail is over 2,910 miles long in total – but don’t worry, this hike is only 4 miles. So, instead of lugging along a lifetime supply of walnuts, one or two bags should do the trick!

Delicate Arch Trail at Sunset, Arches National Park, Utah – Cinnamon

Sunset is the perfect time to view iconic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, and this geologic wonder can be reached only on this trail. To avoid the desert heat, set out on this moderate hike in late afternoon so you can arrive at Delicate Arch just as the setting sun casts its fiery glow. The perfect complement to a peaceful sunset is something spicy and sweet, like Unbound Snacks’ Cinnamon walnuts! So, grab your hiking boots, water bottle, and a bag of Cinnamon to catch the glow with a delicious treat.