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America’s Best Day Hikes: Midwest

Beaches, wildlife, and prairies in Minnesota, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, North Dakota, Kansas, and Illinois make the Midwest a hiker's paradise.

Konza Prairie, KS

Hike through upland prairie of big bluestem, Indiangrass, and switchgrass, with views of the distant Flint Hills. Yes, a covered wagon would look right at home–as does the herd of bison that roams here. Info

Conkles Hollow, OH
This 200-foot-deep gorge conceals an unexpected wilderness of ferns, mosses, and 50 species of wildflowers like violets, trillium, and orchids. The 3.5-mile loop requires sure footing along the cliff tops. Info

Glacial Park Loop, IL
You’ll feel like you just missed the last glacier on this six-mile loop north of Richmond. Follow the Deerpath Trail to Camelback Kame, and drop to Nippersink Creek. Info
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Dunes Trail, MI
This strenuous, all-sand, 3.5-mile out-and-back meanders up and over wildflower-strewn hills at Sleeping Bear Dunes to the Lake Michigan shore. Info

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