The go-now guide for the central region.
As soon as the ice thaws, take advantage of these season starters.
Find solitude in Minnesota, peak Arkansas' highest mountain, and view wildflowers in the grasslands of Illinois.
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.
Hike through old-growth forest to ridgetop views of Arkansas's largest lake.
Test your courage—and your quads—this Halloween on one of these spooky cemetery trails.
Your region's go-now guide
Our trail scouts' top local hikes
Your region's go-now guide.
Park your tent in one of these 10 spots, and you'll be happy in the morning. Guaranteed.
Inflatable kayaks make big-water action accessible to all.
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.
Hike these long trails in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and head south to Texas to see Horned Lizards.
Hike these long trails in Montana, Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado, and raft an eight-mile section of the Arkansas River.
Discover east Texas's longleaf pine forest; see the Boundary Waters on foot.
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.
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.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Great Plains states.
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.
Snag views of swaying prairie grass stretching to the horizon.
See ferns that play dead, then dramatically come back to life.
Witness the birthing of a species that shared the seas with dinosaurs.
Gaze into a 2,000-foot-deep tub of snowmelt.
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.
Washington, Arkansas, and Georgia are host to these three life-list phenomena treks.
Climb riverside bluffs in the South's oldest national forest.
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.
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.
Use our comprehensive state-specific pages to find hikes in your home state our a state you're planning on visiting.
Trek the best spring blooms from the Ozarks to the Olympics with these two, three, and four day treks.
Looking to catch and eat the big one? Try paddling Arkansas' Little Red River.
Whether you fear, respect, or applaud these complex creatures of the night, the tips below will help you find and observe them.
16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.
Hit the high point and move on to the other attractions this park offers.
Something's happening in this spot where nothing happened.
A meandering river and towering cliffs make this the perfect early winter spot
Here's a lush and hilly Arkansas oasis snuggled in an area known for being flat and dry.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Arkansas.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Kansas.
If you're a fan of waterfalls, then Arkansas's Richland Creek Wilderness is your dream trip.
The little-known Ouachita Trail ranked third among the long trails for solitude.
Arkansas Buffalo National River features challenging trails and a river-laced wilderness.
Let the masses shop till they drop: On Arkansas's Ouachita River the pace is slow and easy.
Once a bumpy stagecoache route, Arkansas's Butterfield Trail now jostles hikers.
Boy Scouts paved an excellent trail in this Ozark gem.
Like to start your hikes up high? Then Arkansas Huckleberry Trail is for you.
Visit Arkansas' Buffalo National River Trail, where the huckleberries are plentiful and the views are wondrous.
An Ozark oasis loaded with wildlife and fall colors.
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.