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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

From the Field — Central

Take in the birder's paradise around Vern Wolf Lake in Wisconsin, cleanse yourself in the mist of a 15 foot waterfall in Arkansas, marvel at a 320-million-year-old sandstone formation in Ohio, and more.

by: Sarah L. Stewart

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Ledges and Pine Grove Loops, Cuyahoga Valley NP, OH (Tom Jones)
Ledges and Pine Grove Loops, Cuyahoga Valley NP, OH (Tom Jones)
Skyline Trail, Beavers Bend State Resort Park, OK (Laurence Parent)
Skyline Trail, Beavers Bend State Resort Park, OK (Laurence Parent)

Skyline Trail, Beavers Bend State Resort Park, OK
Undulate over the wooded bluffs and ravines of the western Ozarks on this 6.7-mile loop with overnight potential. At mile .5, gaze 100 feet down at a horseshoe bend in the Mountain Fork River from atop an exposed shale bluff. Continue 1.5 miles to fern-lined Bee Creek (primitive, permit-free camping). Thanks to a recent rerouting, spy 6-foot Silvey Falls at mile 3.5, then link the Beaver Lodge Nature Trail to the park road to reach your car. Trip ID 43668

“At mile 1.6, soak your feet in Bee Creek’s kiddie-size pool.”

Field Scout: Frank Griffith Broken Bow, OK 


Fancy Creek Loop, Fancy Creek SP, KS
Escape traditional Kansas terrain on this surprisingly rugged 4.6-mile loop through the Flint Hills. Gain eastern views across 12,500-acre Tuttle Creek Reservoir 200 feet below at mile .4. Continue through shady cedar forest interspersed with pockets of native tallgrass prairie. Hike beneath 10- to 15-foot exposed limestone bluffs near the halfway point, then continue over rolling terrain to close the loop along a lakeside ridge. Trip ID 36716

“Look for meadowlarks and long-necked upland sandpipers.”

Field Scout: Jonathan Conard Sterling, KS 


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