Traverse dunes through wooded corridors in the state’s largest forest.
Find solitude in Minnesota, peak Arkansas' highest mountain, and view wildflowers in the grasslands of Illinois.
Discover rock formations so unique you won’t even miss the mountains.
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.
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.
Cross deep, vine-laced forests to bluff-top views over rivers and prairie.
The best hikes near Chicago.
The best hikes in the Midwest, as recommended by the region's best hiking clubs.
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.
Mississippi river vistas, ocean-size grasslands, and guaranteed solitude.
Explore a vast, trail-free prairie.
See the country's best light show.
Bushwhack into what very well might be the quietest spot in America.
Climb to views of the mighty Mississippi River.
Thru-hike one of the country's least-known National Scenic Trails.
Hike the River-to-River Trail over rugged ridges, through narrow canyons, and into small caves.
What's better than hiking every weekend? Hiking every day. Here are the best big-city escapes from New York to Los Angeles. Plus: Bill Donahue explores the remote reaches of Portland's Forest Park and discovers secrets even locals don't know.
The perfect metro-area trail: close, wild, uncrowded. Here are 10 major city options.
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.
Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.
Access is limited, but well worth the view.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Illinois.
Exploring hills and "hollers" in the Land of Lincoln.
Not your laid-back summer holiday -- canoeing and hiking galore.
A pristine prairie river winds through a sea of corn and beans in the shadow of Chicago.
On its way from the Ohio to the Mississippi, Illinois' new River to River Trail takes you through a surprisingly wild side of the Corn Belt.