The go-now guide for the central region.
As soon as the ice thaws, take advantage of these season starters.
Discover rock formations so unique you won’t even miss the mountains.
Hike the length of an ancient fossilized reef.
Snag a dozen great winter trips, including a texas Hill Country overnight, a Lake Superior snowshoe,
and a hike to Apostle islands ice caves.
Warm up for hiking season with a mellow escape to a maze of limestone plateaus.
Camp lake-side in Arkansas, summit 800-foot Nebraska bluffs, see Wisconsin's best foliage (alone), and dayhike near Dallas. Plus: 8 more autumn hikes.
Your region's go-now guide: Perfect days in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Tulsa.
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.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Your region's go-now guide
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.
Hike these long trails in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and head south to Texas to see Horned Lizards.
Watch your step on Utah' Highline Trail. The nonstop views and rampant wildlife are distractingly spectacular. Plus: Gaze away on 9 more elevated hikes.
Discover east Texas's longleaf pine forest; see the Boundary Waters on foot.
Hike through three ecological zones in east Texas's carnivore country.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Southwest.
Your favorite Southwest hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Soak up high-desert views amid the Lone Star State's tallest peaks.
The best hikes near Austin, TX.
The best hikes near Dallas, TX.
The best hikes in the Midwest, as recommended by the region's best hiking clubs.
Circumnavigate a 425-foot-tall pink granite monolith on this 4.9-miler, which crosses a sandy creek and cruises classic Texas Hill Country west
of Austin. Spur trails to Moss Lake (backcountry campsites available) and the summit are short and worthwhile.
Free Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. Also: Gear checklists, driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store.
Climb from sublime desert to pine forests and peaks with 100-mile views.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
See moose, bag a high-desert peak, and sample a quiet long trail. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Our army of reader-reader scouts mapped 59 local hikes from South Carolina to Northern California. See their favorites, then learn how to download tracklogs and waypoints.
Reece Price finds himself lost and alone in the desert.
If less people, more elk has become your mountain mantra, check the Guadalupe Mountains backcountry camping sites and trails and get that so sought after alone time.
The perfect metro-area trail: close, wild, uncrowded. Here are 10 major city options.
These three treks to life-list phenomena will take you to Bryce Canyon, Florida gator land, and fall foliage in the Texas desert.
First, check out our tips for healthy hiking on steep terrain in the May 2009 issue then, put them to the test on one of our favorite high-angle trails from California to North Carolina.
Accessible national forests like the George Washington and Jefferson surround national park gems like Great Smoky and Shenandoah in a southern terrain that varies dramatically from Florida's Everglades to West Virginia's wilderness.
Mike Long, a 20-year veteran, snares a primo big-water day on the Rio Grande.
Use our comprehensive city-specific pages to find hikes near your hometown or in a city you're planning to visit.
Scout for gold–and desert views–amid this Texas park's spray of late-fall foliage.
Looking to catch some migrating birds? Find out where to look.
These weekend float trips have side hikes that rival the paddling for scenery and solitude.
Traverse Guadalupe Mountains National Park to the state's airiest perch.
Whether you fear, respect, or applaud these complex creatures of the night, the tips below will help you find and observe them.
Joshua Tree, Zion, and the Guadalupe Mountains are three hike-worthy desert destinations.
Texas-sized solitude is practically guaranteed when you explore the high peaks and striking river canyons of this lightly visited wilderness.
16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.
Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.
This peak lives up to its reputation.
This canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains offers an endless cluster of colors mixed together with some famous geology
This Texas park holds true to its name with some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Texas.
Is the legendary jackalope the most endangered species in the Lower 48 or just an old cowboy tale that refuses to die?
Hike or climb this pristine pink-granite wonderland just outside Austin.
It's amazing what nature can do with pasture a decade after the cows go home.
The best bird window coincides with the best hiking season in the Chihuahuan Desert.
If you think west Texas is nothing but tumbleweeds and cattle, you haven't walked 62 miles across one of the world's most famous geological formations.
The colorful walls of Palo Duro Canyon will delight hikers with masterpiece washes of color.
History and landscape meet at Caprock Canyos State Park.
Texas' Lost Maples has beautiful desert vistas -- and mountain lions.
Texas' Big Slough is as wet as the Big Bend is dry.
Smooth and easy hiking deep in the heart of Texas.