Isle Royale National Park is often forgotten; undeservedly so. Located above Michigan's Upper Peninsula, this half-million acre park consists of 400 islands with a variety of hiking and camping options. Isle Royale camping is only allowed at 36 wilderness campgrounds, all of which can only be reached by watercraft. But in northern Lake Superior, being on the water is as much a part of the experience as the land. One of the best trails in Isle Royale National Park is the Scoville Point Loop, while the Island Traverse is perfect for longer hikes. You may not see many other people during your stay: Isle Royale is one of America's least-visited national parks. In our opinion that makes it all the more special.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
Head to this preserve's Greenstone Ridge Trail for a deep-wilderness experience in the Midwest.
These 4 miles of rugged coastline are among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
Camp on sandy beaches, explore untouched forests, and listen to gray wolves howl on this 16.2-mile hike on an isolated island in Lake Superior.