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St. Croix River, Governor Knowles State Forest, WI

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Minneapolis, MN: Explore a pristine river corridor.

Trail Mix: Midwest

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

One Night Wonders: Couples, Caribou Rock Trail

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Retreat into a watery labyrinth.

Top 3: Better in Winter

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What off season? Bundle up and reap the benefits of colder weather in these snowy playgrounds.

Local Hikes in the Central U.S. — March 2013

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Snag a dozen great winter trips, including a texas Hill Country overnight, a Lake Superior snowshoe, and a hike to Apostle islands ice caves.

Trail Mix: Great November Hikes in the Central U.S.

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Your region's go-now guide: Perfect days in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Tulsa.

From the Field: Central

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Our trail scouts' top local hikes

Trail Mix: Central

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Your region's go-now guide

Burn After Reading

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Empty White Mountain summits. Tourist-free Yellowstone geysers. Rarely hiked Yosemite ridges. Rangers, guidebook writers, outfitters, and ultra-hikers dish their favorite routes for the first time.

Local Hikes

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

A Piece of Quiet

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America’s leading advocate of wilderness silence shows the way to Mt. Rainier National Park’s quietest corner. Plus: 9 more campsites with life-list listening.

Rip & Go: Rocky Point to Round Lake - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN

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Glide through back-to-back lakes on a classic North Country canoe trip.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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Hike these long trails in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and head south to Texas to see Horned Lizards.

Right Place, Perfect Time

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See Yosemite's river of ice, witness there-and-gone meteor showers in Hawaii, and mark your calendar for eight more fleeting natural wonders.

Right Place, Perfect Time: Aurora Borealis

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Notch the best northern lights show in the Lower 48.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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Discover east Texas's longleaf pine forest; see the Boundary Waters on foot.

Trip Finder: Great Lakes

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Your favorite Great Lakes hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.

Top 25 Winter Trips: United States

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Find the best skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter camping trips in the U.S.

Less is More: 50-Mile Thru-Hikes

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Ten point-to-point treks with the payoffs of a thru-hike, but hikeable in a week.

Best Hikes Ever: Boundary Waters, MN

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Immerse yourself in Minnesota's liquid wilderness.

Best. Hikes. Ever.

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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.

America's Scariest Trails: Bloodthirsty Creatures

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Bigfoot? He's a softy compared to the other menacing monsters lurking in the woods near you.

50-Mile Thru-Hikes: Greenstone Ridge, MN

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Traverse a seldom-hiked national park.

Local Hikes: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

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The best hikes near Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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

Disappearing Act: Paddling the Boundary Waters

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Want to vanish into the quietest, wildest corners of the Boundary Waters? Say these magic words: Primitive Management Area.

Secret Hikes: Isle Royale National Park

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Trek to shoreline campsites through woodlands rife with moose, birds, and wolves.

Secret Hikes of the National Parks

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The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.

Zones: 6 Topographies, 18 Amazing Trips

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Whether you're looking for Coastal, Canyon, Peak, Forest, or Urban hikes, we have those. Plus some paddling (Water) trips for good measure.

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.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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See moose, bag a high-desert peak, and sample a quiet long trail. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)

Zones: Water

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Hit the water, and see plenty of wildlife and scenic views, on these paddling trips in Alaska, Florida, and Minnesota.

Water: Boundary Waters, MN

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Looking for animals? This Minnesota paddle is a sure bet.

Print & Go Weekend Trip Planners

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Free Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. Also: gear checklists, driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store.

Undiscovered Hikes: 19 New Trails

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Hike these paths before the masses find them.

Free Maps! Our Contributors Favorite Local Hikes

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Online or via your cellphone these trips are ready to be downloaded and explored.

Where Solitude Rules

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Sharing is for kindergarten. Take one of these 30 hikes and you can have the wilderness all to yourself.

Where Solitude Rules - Wilderness Hideaways

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Lose yourself in a private paradise the crowds have overlooked.

Trip Finder: Waterfall Hikes

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Nine ways to get your cascade fix from Tennessee to Montana.

Hikes and Trips in US Cities

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Use our comprehensive city-specific pages to find hikes near your hometown or in a city you're planning to visit.

Where Can I Find the Quietest Campsite in America?

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Shhh! Find silent shores in this isolated Boundary Waters hideaway

Paddle and Hike Voyageurs National Park

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With a thousand islands and countless passages, this little-visited treasure is a watery maze. Here's the way in–and out.

Trip Finder: Stay-Dry Spring Hikes

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Stay dry on spring treks in Minnesota, New Mexico, and more.

Minnesota's Boundary Waters Face Extermination By Climate Change

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As temperatures rise, Minnesota's North Woods will likely go up in smoke.

Time To Go: Winter Tracking

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Hit the wilderness in search of beasts big and small.

America's Best Campsites

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Whether you are after fishing holes or skinny-dipping, Backpacker tracked down the best campsites in the country

Dogsledding in Minnesota: Born to Run

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Head out with six hard-charging huskies, and winter will never feel more alive.

Paddling's Greatest Getaways

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16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.

Hike, Bike, and Paddle in Minneapolis

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Big currents flowing down the Mississippi, recently-blazed trails, and howling coyotes make up only a few of the many attractions that draw crowds to this city's outskirts.

60 Minute Fixes: Minneapolis

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Three ways to hike, bike, and paddle your way to freedom in the Twin Cities.

Backpack, Paddle, and Camp the Great Lakes

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Backpack Lake Huron's shores, kayak the St. Lawrence Islands, and camp along Lake Superior

High Points: Eagle Mountain, Minnesota

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Find this high point in the largest national forest outside of Alaska.

Fall Hiking on Minnesota's Superior Trail

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Blazing foliage and broad Lake Superior views

Guide's Choice: Hiking, Biking, Paddling, and Sledding Adventures

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From paddling Lake Superior to glacier-hopping in Alaska: 6 hair-raising, lung-busting adventures from America's top outfitters

Boundary Waters

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Get lost in the land o' lakes with 3 quiet, crowd-free trails

Ply A Backwoods Water Trail In The Boundary Waters

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In Minnesota's Boundary Waters, thousands of blue routes await those willing to dip a paddle.

Best Backpacking In Minnesota

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

Hiking Minnesota's Jay Cooke State Park

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Can't wait for the snow to melt? Get warmed up at Minnesota's Jay Cooke State Park.

Hiking Minnesota's Superior Hiking Trail

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A whale of a Minnesota trail beside a Great Lake.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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A watery paradise, a hiker's secret.

Minnesota's Superior Hiking Trail

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Great lake views in Minnesota's land of moose and wolves.

Minnesota's Wild River State Park

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Stomp and glide at Wild River State Park, where no snow monsters are allowed.

Northern Lights: The Sky Will Dance

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Like shimmering rainbows in the night, the northern lights electrify the sky with color.

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