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Backpacker Magazine – March 2014

Trail Mix: Central

The go-now guide for the central region.

by: Sarah Stewart

(Joseph Wendell) Duncan Bay, Five Fingers Bay, and Lake Superior
(Joseph Wendell) Duncan Bay, Five Fingers Bay, and Lake Superior

Perfect Days

Indianapolis, IN
Red Springs Loop

Spot spring wildflowers like snow-white trillium plus a rust-colored, iron-rich spring on this surprisingly rugged, 1.1-mile loop. Then browse for treasures of a different kind—like rare books and vintage furniture—along Antique Alley in nearby Richmond and Centerville  Trip data 
 
Houston, TX
George Bush Park

Bring the kids for this flat, 4.2-mile loop through grassy meadows and a riparian bayou in the city limits. Afterward, dodge friendly fire with a round of family laser tag at Laser Quest ($8/person/game). Trip data 
 
Columbia, MO
Shoreline Trail

Walk the hardwood-shaded banks of a peaceful, 205-acre lake that’s home to bass, crappie, catfish, and bullfrogs on this 3.4-mile out-and-back. Bring a mountain bike to explore more than 5 miles of trails winding through the limestone outcrops and native grasslands of 230-acre Grindstone Nature Area on the way back Trip data.
 




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