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Kansas



Trail Mix: Central

The go-now guide for the central region.

Early Spring Hikes: Central

As soon as the ice thaws, take advantage of these season starters.

Trail Mix: Midwest

Find solitude in Minnesota, peak Arkansas' highest mountain, and view wildflowers in the grasslands of Illinois.

Local Hikes in the Central U.S.

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.

Rip & Go: Little Blakely Trail, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

Hike through old-growth forest to ridgetop views of Arkansas's largest lake.

Top 3: Ghostly Hikes

Test your courage—and your quads—this Halloween on one of these spooky cemetery trails.

Trail Mix: Central

Your region's go-now guide

From the Field: Central

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

Trail Mix: Central

Your region's go-now guide.

America's Best Campsites

Park your tent in one of these 10 spots, and you'll be happy in the morning. Guaranteed.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook: Ride a Whitewater Roller Coaster

Inflatable kayaks make big-water action accessible to all.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook

Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.

Local Hikes: Midwest

Hike these long trails in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and head south to Texas to see Horned Lizards.

Local Hikes: Mountain West

Hike these long trails in Montana, Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado, and raft an eight-mile section of the Arkansas River.

Local Hikes: Midwest

Discover east Texas's longleaf pine forest; see the Boundary Waters on foot.

Print & Go: Buckeye-Caney Creek Loop, Ouachita National Forest, AR

This 10.2-mile circuit through a forest of maple, oak, and sweet gum follows the 2,000-foot ridge of Buckeye Mountain, before dropping to peaceful Caney Creek (with plenty of camping options). Follow the flow and view multiple falls on your way back to the trailhead.

Readers' Choice: Southeast

Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the southeast.

Trip Finder: Great Plains

Your favorite Great Plains hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.

Readers' Choice: Great Plains

Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Great Plains states.

Best. Hikes. Ever.

We've covered 245,591 miles of trails in our 37-year history. Here are our 20 all-time favorite trips, plus—shocking!—20 routes we never covered.

Best Hikes Ever: Turkey Trail, KS

Snag views of swaying prairie grass stretching to the horizon.

Natural Wonders: The Southeast's Living-Dead Plant

See ferns that play dead, then dramatically come back to life.

Natural Wonders: Florida's Sea Turtle Capital

Witness the birthing of a species that shared the seas with dinosaurs.

Natural Wonders: America's Deepest Lake

Gaze into a 2,000-foot-deep tub of snowmelt.

Local Hikes: Midwest

See moose, bag a high-desert peak, and sample a quiet long trail. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)

Local Hikes: New Hikes Near You

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.

Natural Wonders: Freaky Bats, Dry Falls, Winter Witch Hazel

Washington, Arkansas, and Georgia are host to these three life-list phenomena treks.

Rip & Go: Eagle Rock Loop - Ouachita National Forest, AR

Climb riverside bluffs in the South's oldest national forest.

MIDWEST
Special Survey: Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid

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.

SOUTH
Special Survey: Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid

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.

Hikes and Trips in all 50 States

Use our comprehensive state-specific pages to find hikes in your home state our a state you're planning on visiting.

Trip Finder: Wildflowers

Trek the best spring blooms from the Ozarks to the Olympics with these two, three, and four day treks.

Where Can I Catch America's Largest Grillable Trout?

Looking to catch and eat the big one? Try paddling Arkansas' Little Red River.

How to See More Bats

Whether you fear, respect, or applaud these complex creatures of the night, the tips below will help you find and observe them.

Paddling's Greatest Getaways

16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.

High Points: Mt. Magazine, Arkansas

Hit the high point and move on to the other attractions this park offers.

High Points: Mt. Sunflower, Kansas

Something's happening in this spot where nothing happened.

Hike Arkansas's Buffalo River Trail

A meandering river and towering cliffs make this the perfect early winter spot

Ouachita Trail, Talimena State Park

Here's a lush and hilly Arkansas oasis snuggled in an area known for being flat and dry.

Best Backpacking In Kansas

Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Kansas.

Best Backpacking In Arkansas

Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Arkansas.

Arkansas' Waterfall Paradise

If you're a fan of waterfalls, then Arkansas's Richland Creek Wilderness is your dream trip.

Oklahoma/Arkansas's Ouachita Trail

The little-known Ouachita Trail ranked third among the long trails for solitude.

Arkansas' Buffalo National River

Arkansas Buffalo National River features challenging trails and a river-laced wilderness.

Holiday On Arkansas' Ouachita River

Let the masses shop till they drop: On Arkansas's Ouachita River the pace is slow and easy.

Arkansas's Butterfield Trail

Once a bumpy stagecoache route, Arkansas's Butterfield Trail now jostles hikers.

Arkansas' Petit Jean Mountain State Park

Boy Scouts paved an excellent trail in this Ozark gem.

Arkansas: Caney Creek Wilderness

An Ozark oasis loaded with wildlife and fall colors.

Arkansas' Huckleberry Trail

Like to start your hikes up high? Then Arkansas Huckleberry Trail is for you.

Buffalo National River Trail, Arkansas

Visit Arkansas' Buffalo National River Trail, where the huckleberries are plentiful and the views are wondrous.

A Trail Of True Grit

The Ouachita Mountains sheltered outlaws and gave John Wayne something to crow about. But it's not until you hike the 223-mile Ouachita Trail that you realize this country is the stuff of legend.

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