As soon as the ice thaws, take advantage of these season starters.
Discover rock formations so unique you won’t even miss the mountains.
Hide out in Ozark Hollows
Sample a section of Missouri's Ozark Trail, harvest Minnesotan morels, see endangered sea turtles in coastal Texas, and more.
Snag a dozen great winter trips, including a texas Hill Country overnight, a Lake Superior snowshoe,
and a hike to Apostle islands ice caves.
Your region's go-now guide: Explore ice caves on Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, overnight in peace in northern Missouri, and more.
Try a 9-mile out-and-back in Ohio's Hemlock Gorge or hike through history in Per Marquette State Park or on the Saddle Rock Trail in Nebraska.
Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.
Climb dunes, find instant solitude, camp atop riverside bluffs, ascend to surprising above-treeline views, and hike along the St. Croix River.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the southeast.
Your favorite Great Plains hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Roll from dark hollows to dolomite ridges in the Ozark highlands of Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Great Plains states.
The best local hikes near St. Louis.
The best hikes in the Midwest, as recommended by the region's best hiking clubs.
Being bordered by the Great Lakes, the Dakota Badlands, and the rivers of the Mississippi Valley gives Midwesterners plenty of land and water for hiking and camping adventure–even if the local high point is still lower than a Colorado knoll.
16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.
Lay low like Jesse James at this high point.
This wild Ozark gem is close to St. Louis, but still waiting to be discovered.
Hike through the limestone caves, sinkholes, and springs of Missouri's Cuivre River State Park.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Missouri.
You may have the Ozarks' wildlife-rich Ridge Runner Trail to yourself, but that doesn't mean you're alone.
In Whites Creek Cave you can explore in nature's own cooling system, and observe its grateful inhabitants.
Relax and sniff the azaleas among Missouri's Whispering Pines.
Get away from the Ozarks crowd on the Berryman Trail.
Quirky geology leads to even quirkier residents at Missouri's Hercules Glades.