If you’re like us, you love the chance to get out and explore the great outdoors. If you’re even more like us, you know that you don’t have to head for the mountains or Yosemite National Park for an invigorating and scenic hike. Don’t get us wrong, you should totally experience a hike in the mountains at some point, but for the avid hiker living in the midwest, don’t sell your surroundings short! You’d be surprised how many natural wonders are right outside your back door, or just a short drive away.
Here’s where you should go if you’re wanting to hike in the Midwest:
Bet you didn’t think you could find rock climbing like this in Ohio, did you? Hocking Hills State Park is located in Logan, Ohio and is filled with trails leading to caverns, waterfalls, and beautiful rock formations. There are trails for hikers of all levels and ages, and they are all packed with scenic views. Hike, rock climb, mountain bike, or just take a leisurely stroll, you’ll definitely be able to scratch your hiking itch.
Red River Gorge
Red River Gorge is a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. The Gorge contains an estimated 500 miles of trails through terrain made of sandstone cliffs and limestone rock faces. Make a weekend out of it and book a cabin in the park! (Bonus: For an even better weekend book a cabin with a hot tub on the porch. Trust us this is a good idea.) Then enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, and even fishing. If you’re living in the midwest you can most likely get to the Gorge in 6 hours.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is home to one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. The Upper Tahquamenon Falls drop nearly 50 ft and are more than 200 ft across. There is a quarter of a mile paved path that leads to the upper falls from a parking lot, but for those looking for a more adventurous route, there is a 4-mile hiking trail along the Tahquamenon River to the Lower Falls.
Petrified Forest Loop
Located in North Dakota, the Petrified Forest Loop can be found in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Petrified Forest Loop is a more difficult hike, as it is 10 miles long. Not only is this hike packed with beautiful scenery and unique formations, but it also provides opportunities to see bison along the way.
Surprisingly enough, the Midwest proves to have more than just cornfields! #GetOutThere and explore some of your favorite woodland areas. Oh! And take us with you.