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Trail Mix: Central

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The go-now guide for the central region.

Early Spring Hikes: Central

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As soon as the ice thaws, take advantage of these season starters.

Time-Scultpted Treks

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

Rip & Go: Lost Maples Loop, Lost Maples State Natural Area, TX

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Warm up for hiking season with a mellow escape to a maze of limestone plateaus.

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.

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.

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: 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.

Killer Trips: Weather

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Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.

Trail Mix: Central

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Your region's go-now guide

From the Field: Central

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Our trail scouts' top local hikes

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.

The High Life: Hiking Utah's Highline Trail

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Watch your step on Utah' Highline Trail. The nonstop views and rampant wildlife are distractingly spectacular. Plus: Gaze away on 9 more elevated hikes.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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

Rip & Go: Turkey Creek Trail

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Hike through three ecological zones in east Texas's carnivore country.

Readers' Choice: Southwest

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

Trip Finder: Southwest

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Your favorite Southwest hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.

Rip & Go: McKittrick Canyon

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Soak up high-desert views amid the Lone Star State's tallest peaks.

Local Hikes: Austin, TX

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The best hikes near Austin, TX.

Local Hikes: Dallas, TX

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The best hikes near Dallas, TX.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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

Print & Go: Enchanted Rock Loop, Enchanted Rock State Park, Austin, TX

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Circumnavigate a 425-foot-tall pink granite monolith on this 4.9-miler, which crosses a sandy creek and cruises classic Texas Hill Country west of Austin. Spur trails to Moss Lake (backcountry campsites available) and the summit are short and worthwhile.

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.

Secret Hikes: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Climb from sublime desert to pine forests and peaks with 100-mile views.

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.

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.)

Reader Essays: Going in Circles

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Reece Price finds himself lost and alone in the desert.

National Parks Hall of Fame: Best Solitude

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If less people, more elk has become your mountain mantra, check the Guadalupe Mountains backcountry camping sites and trails and get that so sought after alone time.

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.

Natural Wonders: Tallest Hoodoo, Largest Gators, Lost Maples

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These three treks to life-list phenomena will take you to Bryce Canyon, Florida gator land, and fall foliage in the Texas desert.

Master the Steeps: High-Angle Hiking Trails

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First, check out our tips for healthy hiking on steep terrain in the May 2009 issue then, put them to the test on one of our favorite high-angle trails from California to North Carolina.

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.

Quick Fix: Big Bend National Park

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Scout for gold–and desert views–amid this Texas park's spray of late-fall foliage.

Where Can I Find: Fall's Best Birdwatching?

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Looking to catch some migrating birds? Find out where to look.

Top 3 Paddling Treks

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These weekend float trips have side hikes that rival the paddling for scenery and solitude.

Highpoint Texas

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Traverse Guadalupe Mountains National Park to the state's airiest perch.

How to See More Bats

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Whether you fear, respect, or applaud these complex creatures of the night, the tips below will help you find and observe them.

Three Southwestern Hikes to Test Your Senses

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Joshua Tree, Zion, and the Guadalupe Mountains are three hike-worthy desert destinations.

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.

Adventure Guide: Big Bend National Park

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Texas-sized solitude is practically guaranteed when you explore the high peaks and striking river canyons of this lightly visited wilderness.

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: Guadalupe Peak, Texas

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This peak lives up to its reputation.

Hike Texas's McKittrick Canyon

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This canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains offers an endless cluster of colors mixed together with some famous geology

Dinosaur Valley State Park

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This Texas park holds true to its name with some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world.

Best Backpacking In Texas

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

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