|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Find solitude in Minnesota, peak Arkansas' highest mountain, and view wildflowers in the grasslands of Illinois.
Come summer, this 3,500-acre restored prairie floods with the vibrant lavender hues of pale purple coneflower and blazing prairie star. “You’ll see more than 700 different plant species,” Crites says. To catch the best show of blooms, hike off-trail during the peak months of June, July, and August. Contact (708) 406-9894; Website
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