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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.

Rip & Go: Zaleski Backpack Trail, Zaleski State Forest, OH

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Escape into tranquil, rolling woods in the foothills of the Appalachians.

Local Hikes

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

Readers' Choice 2012: Your Neck of the Woods - Midwest Hikes

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Climb dunes, find instant solitude, camp atop riverside bluffs, ascend to surprising above-treeline views, and hike along the St. Croix River.

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.

Rip & Go: Twin Valley Trail - Five Rivers MetroParks, OH

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Ramble along a wide river to quiet, old-growth hollows.

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.

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.

Best Hikes Ever: Burr Oak State Park, OH

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Traverse rolling hills to star-gazing meadows.

Local Hikes: Columbus, OH

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The best hikes near Columbus, OH.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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

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.

High Points: Campbell Hill, Ohio

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Time it just right to get to the top of this one.

Best Backpacking In Ohio

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

Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

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Lose yourself in the past on part of the Buckeye, America's longest loop trail.

Zaleski State Forest Backpack Trail, Ohio

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An Ohio trail that reclaimed land from the ore era.

Ohio's Shawnee Backpack Trail

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When the footpath is named the Backpack Trail, you know what to do.

Ohio's River Ramble

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The Marietta Unit provides some of the greatest river trails in Ohio.

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