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Trail Mix: Central

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The go-now guide for the central region.

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.

Trail Mix: Central

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Your region's go-now guide

Local Hikes

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

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.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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

Readers' Choice: Southeast

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Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the southeast.

Trip Finder: Great Plains

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

Readers' Choice: Great Plains

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Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Great Plains states.

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.)

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.

Weekend Planner: Quick Escapes

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Get big views and rack up long miles with these close-to-home adventures.

High Points: Black Mesa, Oklahoma

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Welcome to this delightfully weird world of extremes.

Best Backpacking In Oklahoma

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Oklahoma/Arkansas's Ouachita Trail

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The little-known Ouachita Trail ranked third among the long trails for solitude.

Robbers Cave: A Bandit's Oasis In Oklahoma

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Follow Jesse James's footprints to a land of shady valleys and cool, clear lakes.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma

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Western prairie meets eastern forest in the land of healing waters.

Oklahoma's Charons Gardens Wilderness

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The bare rocks of Oklahoma's Charons Gardens will haunt and delight hikers.

Beech Creek Natural Area

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Oklahoma's own Tennessee awaits intrepid hikers.

A Trail Of True Grit

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The Ouachita Mountains sheltered outlaws and gave John Wayne something to crow about. But it's not until you hike the 223-mile Ouachita Trail that you realize this country is the stuff of legend.

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