Online Exclusive: Readers' Choice 2012: Regional Survey Results (Midwest)

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We called for your help—and you answered! We wanted to know your favorite long trails, parks, and hikes in the Midwest. Here’s how you responded.


Q: Of the most viewed weekend trips on our website (shown below), which would you most like to do next weekend, if proximity is not a factor?

A: Island Traverse in Isle Royale National Park topped the list.

HIKE IT: Download the tracks and waypoints for the most viewed trips on our website.

>> Isle Royale National Park: Island Traverse:

>> Ouachita National Forest, AR: Eagle Rock Loop:

>> Little Rock, AR: Black Fork Mountain:

>> Chicago, IL: Shabbona Lake:

>> Austin, TX: Enchanted Rock Loop:

Q: What is your favorite long trail in this region?

Q: Of these classic trips in the Midwest (listed below), which is #1 on your list to do before you kick the bucket?

A: 48
% of you wanted to paddle the Frost River-Whipped Lake-Round Lake route in the Boundary Waters.


HIKE IT: Read about these classic trips on our website.

1. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Frost River-Whipped Lake-Round

2. Badlands National Park: Sage Creek Wilderness Area:

3. Arkansa’s Buffalo National River Trail: Ponca to

4. Big Bend National Park, TX: Outer Mountain Loop:


Q: What’s the best trailside pub in your region?

Q: What’s the top trail town in your area?


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