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Early Spring Hikes: Central

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

Trail Mix — Central — March 2013

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Your region's go-now guide: Explore ice caves on Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, overnight in peace in northern Missouri, and more.

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.

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.

Rip & Go: Crane Creek Island - Chippewa Flowage, WI

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Paddle a novice-friendly route on the state's third largest lake.

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

Readers' Choice 2011: America's Best Hikes

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The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.

Trip Finder: Great Lakes

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

Readers' Choice: Great Lakes

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

Our Backyard: Chequamegon National Forest, WI

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Local Hikes: Milwaukee, WI

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The best hikes near Milwaukee.

Local Hikes: Midwest

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

Ice Age Trail

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Hike a landscape carved by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago.

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.

Trip Finder: Waterfall Hikes

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

Top 3 Ice Hikes

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Witness glittering underground gems, skate across frozen ponds, and wander amid towering walls of ice. Just don't try to lick anything.

Trip Finder: Indian Summer Hikes

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Fall camping season seems to go on forever with these fair-weather weekend trips.

Quick Fix: Apostle Islands

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You don't need a boat to see this spectacular national lakeshore. Here's how to explore the best of its bluffs and beaches by foot (and paddle).

Top 3 Trail-Building Trips

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Want to boost your backcountry karma? Here are three places to hike–and give back.

High Points: Timms Hill, Wisconsin

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This old logging camp and woolly mammoth marching ground provides incredible 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

Wisconsin, Devil's Lake State Park

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Hike to see arty rock sculptures left by the last Ice Age into the Wisconsin rock.

Best Backpacking In Wisconsin

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

Hiking With Wisconsin's Wolves

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Feeling people-shy? Follow Wisconsin's wolves to this lonely section of the Ice Age Trail.

Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail: Land Of Cool Cliffs

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Carved limestone cliffs add even more to love on Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail.

Apostle Islands: Lake Superior's Icy Magic

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Wisconsin: Explore 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland shoreline where strings of cliffs and caves are bejeweled in ice.

Wisconsin's Rock Island: Camp Moonbeam

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Combine a full harvest moon with a remote island trail for the greatest show on Earth.

Rock Island State Park

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Too small to get much attention and a pain in the neck to reach: The perfect Wisconsin escape.

Wisconsin's Brule River State Forest

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Wisconsin's Brule River has great rivers galore -- just don't lose your uncle's canoe.

Tiffany Wildlife Area, Wisconsin

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A water-lover's Wisconsin wonderland with forests, prairies, and the occasional eagle.

Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine State Forest

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If you're a fan of eskers, moraines, kettles, and kames, Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine State Forest is the right place for you.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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Hiking Wisconsin's glacier-carved trail will set you back 12,000 years.

Wisconsin River: Going With The Flow

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The ambling Wisconsin River has only one speed: full-out relaxed.

Wisconsin's Blue Hills

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Thank the Ice Age for the challenging hiking and incredible views you'll find in the Blue Hills.

Penokee Mountains: The Alps Of Wisconsin

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What they've lost in height, the Penokee Mountains make up for in big views and solitude.

Editor's Choice: Wisconsin's Apostle Islands

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Lake Superior's best coast lies on Wisconsin's Apostle Islands.

Wisconsin's Governor Knowles State Forest

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Escape from the urban at Wisconsin's Governor Knowles State Forest.

Wolves' Long Journey Home

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While the wolf reintroduction debate rages across the country, in Wisconsin the animals are simply reclaiming their rightful place.

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