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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Find solitude in Minnesota, peak Arkansas' highest mountain, and view wildflowers in the grasslands of Illinois.
In the Midwest, the best views are of the cascades, flowers, streams, and wooded ravines that surround you on the trail, says Greg Beckwith. A prime example: This 6-mile, out-and-back dayhike that starts from the southern end of the park. Descend into Clifty Canyon on Trails 1, 3, and 4, turn right onto Trail 2, and maneuver north up a rocky streambed dotted with marine fossils. Stop at the base of Clifty Falls and watch as water pours 60 feet down thin, tiered ledges. “Depending on the season,” he says, “you could see a cascade, a trickle, or ice formations.” Contact (812) 273-8885; Website