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Sand Ridge Loop, Illinois

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Traverse dunes through wooded corridors in the state's largest forest.

Trail Mix: Midwest

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

Time-Scultpted Treks

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Discover rock formations so unique you won’t even miss the mountains.

Local Hikes in the Central U.S.

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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.

From the Field: BACKPACKER trail scouts' top Central local hikes

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Try a 9-mile out-and-back in Ohio's Hemlock Gorge or hike through history in Per Marquette State Park or on the Saddle Rock Trail in Nebraska.

Local Hikes

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Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.

Rip & Go: Godwin Trail to Inspiration Point - Shawnee National Forest, IL

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Cross deep, vine-laced forests to bluff-top views over rivers and prairie.

Local Hikes: Chicago, IL

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The best hikes near Chicago.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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The best hikes in the Midwest, as recommended by the region's best hiking clubs.

Local Hikes: New Hikes Near You

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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.

Midwest Readers' Choice Hikes

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Mississippi river vistas, ocean-size grasslands, and guaranteed solitude.

Readers' Choice Midwest Hikes: Nachusa Grasslands, IL

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Explore a vast, trail-free prairie.

Readers' Choice Midwest Hikes: Aurora Borealis Isle Royale NP, MI

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See the country's best light show.

Readers' Choice Midwest Hikes: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, OK

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Bushwhack into what very well might be the quietest spot in America.

Readers' Choice Midwest Hikes: Effigy Mounds National Monument, IA

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Climb to views of the mighty Mississippi River.

Readers' Choice Midwest Hikes: Ice Age Trail, WI

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Thru-hike one of the country's least-known National Scenic Trails.

Midwest Reader Map Team

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Readers' Choice Midwest Hikes: Garden of the Gods to Lusk Creek Canyon, Shawnee NF, IL

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Hike the River-to-River Trail over rugged ridges, through narrow canyons, and into small caves.

Quick Escapes: 10 Trails Near Major Cities

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The perfect metro-area trail: close, wild, uncrowded. Here are 10 major city options.

Your Daily Tread: Local Hikes Across the U.S.

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What's better than hiking every weekend? Hiking every day. Here are the best big-city escapes from New York to Los Angeles. Plus: Bill Donahue explores the remote reaches of Portland's Forest Park and discovers secrets even locals don't know.

Ultimate Summer Escapes: The Best Dayhikes and Backpacking Trips Near You

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Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.

High Points: Charles Mound, Illinois

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Access is limited, but well worth the view.

Best Backpacking In Illinois

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

Illinois' Shawnee National Forest

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Exploring hills and "hollers" in the Land of Lincoln.

Illinois' Vermilion River, Kickapoo State Park

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A pristine prairie river winds through a sea of corn and beans in the shadow of Chicago.

Cache River State Natural Area

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Not your laid-back summer holiday -- canoeing and hiking galore.

Illinois' Trail Of Two Rivers

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On its way from the Ohio to the Mississippi, Illinois' new River to River Trail takes you through a surprisingly wild side of the Corn Belt.

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