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  • Explore Hurricane Pass and Lake Como

    Spending much of the trek above tree line, Hurricane Pass is situated at 12,730 feet above sea level and offers up views of Poughkeepsie Gulch (a more extreme off-road trail) and sapphire blue mountain lakes, such as Lake Como. One of the most bea...

  • Hike to Ghost Dance Canyon from Dixon Springs State Park

    When you arrive at Dixon Springs State Park, drive through the park and stop and take in the main attraction of a waterfall that is partially man made. Then drive and park at the swimming pool, walk to the front of it where the building is, and tu...

    0.75 miles 37 ft gain

  • Hike Bell Smiths Springs

    Four separate trails make up the 8 miles of available hikes in the Bell Smith Springs National Natural Landmark. The dirt trails can be moderate to difficult in some areas. Please, stay on designated trails. The trails pass under large shelter blu...

    1.5 miles 164 ft gain

  • Explore Corckscrew Gulch

    Corkscrew Gulch is named for the narrow and winding switchbacks that "corkscrewes" up Red Mountain Two. It is hard to miss this area of the San Juan Mountains, because the deep reds, oranges, and yellows blanket all three of the named "Red Mountai...

  • Bike the Yorktown Battlefield

    Great for cyclists, this tour is full of beautiful scenery with rolling hills, redoubts, and history.  A six-stop tour of the Yorktown Battlefield has been designed to take visitors to the most important spots on the battlefield. Signs direct you ...

    10.8 miles 259 ft gain

  • Bike Jamestown Island

    The trail is open to cyclists and pedestrians, but does share the road with some vehicle traffic. The speed limit is slow and often there is little traffic. There also is no parking at the actual trail head, so one must begin at the Visitor Center...

    5.1 miles 45 ft gain

  • 4X4 to Honanki Heritage Site

    One of Sedona’s best and most scenic drives, that happens to also lead to Native American ruins, has to be Loy Butte Road (FR-525). This route also forms the eastern half of the famous Outlaw 4×4 Jeep Trail. The road is very rough in places, espec...

  • Explore Paria Beach

    The area directly below Lee's Ferry campground is known as the Paria Riffle and Beach. The Paria is a small river that feeds into the Colorado River just north of the campground. Just park at the campground parking lot next to the river and walk a...

  • Explore Clear Lake

    The road to Clear Lake offers wonderful views of the South Fork Mineral Creek, and the San Juan Mountains. Some people make the 9-mile round-trip hike with 2,600 feet of elevation gain, others drive as far as their vehicle will allow and hike from...

  • Hike through Cove Spring Park

    At first glance, Cove Spring Park looks like any normal city park. In reality, it is a waterfall filled, 240 acres nature preserve hiding in plain site of Kentucky's capital city. The property is filled with wetlands, streams, springs, waterfalls,...

    1.5 miles 249 ft gain

  • Explore Animas Forks

    The ghost town of Animas Forks, CO is located in the San Juan Mountains at an elevation of 11,200 feet. There are several original buildings remaining. The best way to explore the region is by Jeep or other high-clearance 4√ó4. The cabins began bei...

    0.25 miles 40 ft gain

  • Explore Placer Gulch and Sound Democrat Mill

    Placer Gulches 4WD trail is a gorgeous route offering scenic vistas of the San Juan Mountains and traverses an area rich with mining history. This area provides gorgeous wild flowers in the peak season of late July/ early August. Some of the best ...

    0.25 miles 50 ft gain

  • Drive the East Portal Road

    Want an easier way to get to the bottom of the canyon without the rugged hiking trails? Drive to the bottom via the East Portal Road. Open once the harsh winter breaks, this road switchbacks its way to the bottom at the meeting place of Curecanti ...

  • Explore Port Royal State Historic Park

    The town of Port Royal was established in 1797, one year after Tennessee became a state. This was a major port for flat boats transporting of tobacco and other goods. The Red River was the life blood of the entire region.  Today, the park encompas...

    0.5 miles

  • Photograph Moose of the Animas River

    Between the city of Silverton and prior to reaching the ghost town of Animas Forks a wonderful area of alpine beaver ponds that are teaming with trout, many species of ducks, beavers, and moose.  Along the forest road in the early morning and even...

  • Camp at Little Grassy Lake Campground

    Located within Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and along one of the most scenic lakes within the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois Little Grassy Lake Campground is a awesome place to camp for a night or a whole week. There are 14 full hook ...

  • Hike the Round Bluff Nature Preserve

    Just south of the Lakeview Picnic Shelter is the 53-acre Round Bluff Nature Preserve. Round Bluff has been designated a nature preserve which means that you are only allowed to hike on maintained trails. This is an isolated area of the massive san...

    1.25 miles 185 ft gain

  • Explore the Giant City Lodge and Water Tower

    Like the rest of the park, the Giant City Lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. The lodge's architecture will remind someone of great lodges of the West with its hardwood timber and sandstone blend that has a two ...

    0.25 miles

  • Whitewater Rafting the Pigeon River

    The Pigeon River is a dam controlled river that winds its way through North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The river provides beautiful views as one paddles along via raft or kayak.  Cutting throug...

  • Camp at Giant City State Park Campground

    Giant City is a popular weekend retreat because it provides for all levels of camping. There are 85 campsites in the Class A Campground which provides water, electricity, showers and restroom facilities for tent and trailer camping. Some facilitie...

  • Hike the Trillium Trail

    The natural area you are now entering is 110 acres of bluffs and forest designated as Fern Rocks Nature Preserve. The reasons this was designated a preserve were to protect not only the sandstone bluffs, but also two endangered plants. The white f...

    2 miles 130 ft gain

  • Hike the Stonefort Trail

    The massive stone wall was at one time 285 feet long, six¬†feet high, and nine feet thick. The appearance of a ‚Äústone¬†fort‚ÄĚ or stone wall here at Giant City is one of at least ten in Southern Illinois.¬† The trail begins at the parking lot and trave...

    0.75 miles 125 ft gain

  • Hike the Giant City Nature Trail

    Pioneers had not seen skyscrapers, so these sheer bluffs seemed¬†like the ‚Äústreets of a giant city‚ÄĚ to them. Thus became the naming of a pinnacle state park in Illinois. Giant City State Park is a paradise for hikers, climbers, campers, and lovers ...

    1.1 miles 125 ft gain

  • Hike or Climb Devil's Standtable

    Devil's Standtable was once a large block of the bluff that cracked loose during earth movements. The wind and rain erosion of the surface removed the softer areas of sandstone in the mid-section of the pillar leaving the large base and iron embed...

    0.5 miles 75 ft gain

  • Camp out at Mt. LeConte Lodge

    At the summit of Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the lodge sits at a elevation of 6400 feet. It is the only "accommodations" inside the park boundaries. It is the highest lodge in the eastern United States.   Accessible onl...

  • Visit Lost River Cave

    In the last 200 years, Lost River Cave has been used as a site for mills, a camp for Civil War soldiers, and a nightclub. Its history goes back many years before that‚ÄĒthousands in fact. Prehistoric nomadic Native American tribes used the cave for ...

    1.1 miles 110 ft gain

  • Hike Indian Creek Trail

    This wandering intermittent creek inside of Giant City State Park only flows in periods of heavy rain or after snow melts. Prior to a confluence with Drury Creek, the path comes to a mid sized shelter bluff wall. What this shelter lacks in sheer s...

    0.75 miles 65 ft gain

  • Camp at Ferne Cliff State Park

    Ferne Clyffe has a campground for everyone. From the more modern, or primitive, larger groups, backpackers and even equestrian campers. From beginner to hardened veteran eagle scout, there is a campsite for everyone. The shower facilities that are...

  • Hike or Rock Climb the Rebman Trail

    The Big Rocky Hollow Trail isn't the only trail that starts at the parking area. Cross the stepping stones over the creek to find a place where the trail forks in three. Look for the sign for the Rebman Trail at the right-most fork. This short wal...

    0.5 miles 27 ft gain

  • Hike to Hawk's Cave

    One of the top trails within Fern Clyffe State Park, Hawk's Cave is an impressive 150 foot sandstone shelter bluff. When beginning the trail from the parking lot, there is a fork of three separate trail heads. Take the path to the left and follow ...

    0.75 miles 56 ft gain

  • Summit Pikes Peak via the Devils Playground Trail

    This portion of a trek to the Pikes Peak begins about 13,000 feet.  From the parking lot walk across the road back to the Northeast side and look for the hikers trail that begins by paralleling the road. By hiking this path you will have the time ...

    5.5 miles 1348 ft gain

  • Hike to the Painted Wall

    At 2,250 feet, the Painted Wall in Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a sight that cannot be truly captured in photos. The layers of rock along the cliff's wall resembles a canvas with streaks from a paintbrush. This canyon took eons to create, and t...

    1 miles 25 ft gain

  • Explore Camp Ondessonk

    In the heart of the Shawnee National Forest is an amazing camp that provides many adventures for those with all skill levels. When camp is out, anyone is allowed to visit Camp Ondessonk as a guest and explore. There are over 10 miles of trails thr...

    10 miles

  • Explore Alley Spring and Mill within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways

    Alley Spring is the seventh largest spring in Missouri. It is known to extend at least 3000 feet into the hillside and has a known depth of 155 feet. Water surfacing here is known to begin its journey 15 miles away near the town of Summersville as...

    1.4 miles 200 ft gain

  • Explore Dunbar Cave State Park

    Dunbar Cave is located 60 minutes northwest of Nashville in Clarksville, TN. Dunbar Cave is the most prominent of several caves located in this designated natural area. In the entrance of the cave, square dances, radio shows, and big band era conc...

    0.5 miles 16 ft gain

  • Explore Crescent Moon Ranch

    Crescent Moon Ranch was established in the 1880's, and now serves as a day use facility for the U.S. Forest Service. It lies on Oak Creek directly below Cathedral Rock, one of the most iconic towering monuments in Sedona. The ranch is beautiful, a...

  • Hike to the beach at Border Field State Park

    The beach at Border Field State Park is southernmost beach in California. This beach begins (on US Maps) at the Mexican border and continues north to the mouth of the Tijuana River. The State Park shares its land with the Tijuana River National Es...

    2 miles 26 ft gain

  • Drive Cinnamon Pass

    Along Colorado’s Alpine Loop, Cinnamon Pass sits 12,640’ above the San Juan Mountains. A high clearance vehicle preferably with 4WD is needed to reach the pass, but the breathtaking views along the challenging journey make it worth the ride.  Duri...

  • Paddle at Lake Murphysboro State Park

    Beautiful rolling hills and woods surround Lake Murphysboro and provide opportunities for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Paddling is a perfect past time here. Canoe, Kayak, and Paddle Boards are all allowed much of the year. If ...

  • Explore Kindcaid Lake Spillway

    One of Illinois' best kept secrets, the Kincaid Lake Spillway is a awesome swimming hole just outside of Murphysboro. The three level cascade makes for a great place to spend a hot summer day. People sit, splash, or even slide down the tiers into ...

  • Hike to Blue Spring

    If you were to place the Statue of Liberty in Blue Spring, the torch of the monument would still be 5 feet below the surface. As part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Blue Spring is a must see and pinnacle of the nature preserve. The 6th la...

    1 miles 29 ft gain

  • Hike the Cave Spring Loop in the Needles District

    The Cave Spring Trail within Canyonlands National Park takes visitors past some well preserved pictographs and a cowboy camp complete with many original artifacts, all located in bluff "caves" below the overhanging cliffs of a low mesa.  The path ...

    0.6 miles 35 ft gain

  • Explore Big Spring Creek Overlook

    This overlook is at the end of the scenic drive in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Once you step away from your vehicle the world sort of drops out below you into Big Spring Canyon. Just a short walk from the car takes you to so...

  • Drive to California Pass

    California Pass’s summit is a jaw dropping 12,960 feet above sea level. A long way from the valley floor, California Gulch, but, as drivers start their trek, the valley floor starts to shrink and gives way to steep climbs and switchbacks. Off road...

  • Explore Columbus-Belmont State Park

    Columbus-Belmont State Park is a stop along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway that combines pivotal Civil War history with dramatic cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The park is also a stop along the Trail of Tears National Histor...

    2 miles 134 ft gain

  • Explore Big Spring in the Ozark National Riverways

    With an average daily water discharge rate of 276 Million gallons of water and the largest spring in Missouri it is easy to see how Big Spring got its name. Located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, this spring and over 20 other springs near...

    1.8 miles 413 ft gain

  • Hike Hematite Lake

    The Hematite Trail is a great loop for hikers and trail runners located in the heart of Land Between the Lakes Wilderness. Beginning your hike near the picnic grounds adjacent to the Nature Station, this hike is great year round and is good for al...

    2.4 miles 111 ft gain

  • Hike Rim Rock National Recreation Trail

    Rim Rock Trail follows the edge of the bluff top, hence its name, and features vistas of a slot canyon below, a stone fort used by prehistoric Native Americans, a cave used on the Underground Railroad, and diverse wildlife habitats. Located near v...

    1.7 miles 360 ft gain

  • Boat-in to Rainbow Bridge

    This amazing trip to one of the largest natural bridges in the world, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, begins at the Lake Powell Marina. Catch your ride at Lake Powell Resort at the Wahweap Marina. This tour the lake for a couple of hours until y...

    1.25 miles

  • Hike to Montezuma's Well

    This trail takes you to the rim of Montezuma Well, a massive collapsed limestone sinkhole. The springs at the bottom of the sinkhole feed a large pond which supports a unique aquatic habitat in this dry landscape. Scientists are still baffled as t...

    0.5 miles 117 ft gain

  • Explore the streets of Tombstone

    Fan of Western movies? Most people are aware of Hollywood movies like Tombstone and Wyatt Earp along with the infamous real life Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.  But instead of walking where Kevin Costner or Kurt Russell stood, walk the boardwalks al...

  • Explore Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

    No one really knows why the people from the Sonoran Desert built this mud skyscraper. Some scientists believe it was built as a astronomical observatory. What ever the reason, the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is a engineering marvel that wa...

    0.25 miles 10 ft gain

  • Hike Signal Hill Trail

    A popular trail in the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, Signal Hill is a highlight of the park with a small summit to a boulder field with many petroglyphs and views for several miles.  The petroglyphs date to the 13th and 14th c...

    0.6 miles 46 ft gain

  • Visit William Howard Taft National Historic Site

    Take a change of pace in the middle of a busy city. This Historical Home and surrounding park are a great place to relax, have a picnic, or take a tour through history of a former President. Start your visit at the Taft Education Center which has ...

  • Photograph Elk and Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

    The Elk and Bison Prairie is a photographers dream within a 700 acre enclosure of native grassland habitat that was common to Kentucky over a century ago. Visitors travel within their enclosed vehicle via a 3.5 mile paved loop road.  About 50 biso...

  • Paddle Millstone Lake

    Enjoy the seclusion of this 118-acre lake. After a few miles of unimproved rough road, you will arrive at the spill way of Millstone Lake. The remoteness alone is worth the trip. Kayak, Canoe, or SUP the lake and even extend it up a couple of mile...

  • Explore Old Town San Diego State Historical Park

    From where Father Junipero Serra established the first of 21 California Missions in 1769, this area was the first permanent European settlement in the San Diego region. Today, past and present meet in a preserved historical park located near Downt...

    1 miles

  • Visit Tonto National Monument

    Explore two remarkably preserved American Indian cliff dwellings that date back to the 13th century. Set within a shelter bluff on the side of steep cliffs, the Upper and Lower Cliff Dwellings are well protected, and have great views of the surrou...

    1.5 miles 305 ft gain

  • Explore Lower Cascade Falls

    Located within the picturesque town of Ouray, Colorado, Cascade Falls is what most city parks strive to be. This park and amazing waterfall are located on the edge of town along the longer 5+ mile Perimeter Trail and provides a place for picnics, ...

    0.5 miles

  • Hike Echo River Spring Trail in Mammoth Cave National Park

    Bluff lines, wildlife, wildflowers, streams, and cave entrances abound on this hike in Mammoth Cave National Park. The pathway is mostly paved and has interactive exhibits and viewing platforms around the spring.  The highlight of the trail is a ...

    2.2 miles 83 ft gain

  • Explore Stones River National Battlefield

    On the last day of 1862 one of the bloodiest conflicts in the American Civil War started. By the time the Battle of Stones River ended on 2 January 1863 each side had suffered the highest percentage of casualties. For many reasons this was one of ...

    3.3 miles 85 ft gain

  • Hike to Cave-in-Rock

    Located in a Southern Illinois State Park bearing its name, Cave-in-Rock is a 55 ft wide limestone cavern that sits along the banks of the Ohio River. Once a site of Murderers, River Pirates, and a brothel is now a crown jewel of the Illinois Stat...

    0.75 miles 110 ft gain

  • Visit Iron Furnace Historic Site

    Originally built in 1837, this thirty two foot tall structure was constructed on a limestone foundation and erected with limestone blocks quarried locally from the town of Cave-In-Rock. This iron furnace is the last remaining of its kind in Illino...

  • Paddle or Swim at Pounds Hollow Recreation Area

    This 25 acre lake within the Shawnee National Forest was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There are several large picnic areas and shelters available along with a sand beach and swimming area.  The hollow is surrounded by sandstone bluffs...

  • Hike to Inspiration Point at LaRue Pine Hills

    Inspiration Point Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wolf Lake, Illinois. The Inspiration Point Trail offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the Big Muddy bottomlands and is well worth the...

    0.75 miles 164 ft gain

  • Paddle or Swim at Lake Glendale Recreation Area

    Hike, swim, paddle, fish, bike, or picnic is a amazing medium size lake in the heart of the Shawnee. Surrounded by trees, bluffs, creeks, and trails in all directions paired with its central location many attractions in Southern Illinois, Lake Gle...

  • Paddle Lusk Creek Wilderness

    For a full day on Lusk Creek, put in at Iron Bridge and paddle 7.1 miles of Shawnee National Forest beauty. This 8 hour excursion is sure to delight the senses as you pass through some of the most pristine areas in Illinois. Lusk Creek is a remote...

  • Bike the Tunnel Hill State Trail

    The 9.3 (one way) section of the 44.5 mile that begins at the Tunnel Hill access point and travels south to Vienna, Illinois is one of the most picturesque stretches of Southern Illinois.  The former Norfolk Southern Railroad line connects to many...

    9.3 miles 326 ft gain

  • Trail Run at Lincoln Memorial Park

    The Lincoln Memorial Park is the site of a 1859 debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. This marks a stop on the Lincoln Historic Trail and was an important milestone in the growth of Abraham Lincoln. The site has several interpretive ...

    1.75 miles 37 ft gain

  • Hike the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve Loop

    Just as its name implies, the centerpiece of The Nature Conservancy's Mantle Rock Nature Preserve is a 30-foot natural sandstone bridge spanning 188 feet and embellished by bluffs, shelters, honeycomb formations, fluorite deposits, and a rock-line...

    2.3 miles 230 ft gain

  • Explore the Arch of the Gods

    Hundreds of people will drive past this trail and arch on the weekends and never know they just drove past one of the best sights within the Garden of Gods Wilderness of the Shawnee National Forest. It is a few hundred feet off the road on the way...

    0.25 miles 50 ft gain

  • Hike to Pomona Natural Bridge

    The Pomona Natural Bridge located in Pomona Illinois is a great hike for most ages.  Starting on a scenic drive from the small town of Pomona, there is ample parking at the trailhead. The hiking trail is easily identified with its gravel path and ...

    0.5 miles 68 ft gain

  • Hike through Historic Yorktown

    This is a fantastic hike through the history of the early United States. And one with many interactive exhibits and recreation opportunities. From the Visitor Center, head onto the path towards the Yorktown Historic District. The historic district...

    2.5 miles 59 ft gain

  • Hike the Todd Fink-Heron Pond Trail

    This easy trail crosses a truss bridge over the Cache River and features a floating boardwalk in the middle of one of the most beautiful and accessible Cypress-Tupelo swamps in the Midwest. There are 10 interpretive panels located along the trail ...

    1.5 miles 125 ft gain

  • Hike to Bork's Falls

    Located off Regent Lane/Cedar Grove Road near Goreville, Illinois, Bork's Falls is a beautiful waterfall with little visitor traffic. The bottom of the falls is accessible from either side of the ravine with a very short hike. This waterfall gener...

    0.5 miles 227 ft gain

  • Hike the Tuzigoot Trail

    Spend a couple of hours to discover the incredible legacy of an ancient people at Tuzigoot National Monument.  Start at the Visitor Center, then take a self-guided, half mile loop trail that will lead around and through an incredible 110 room pueb...

    0.5 miles 55 ft gain

  • Hike & Climb at Jackson Falls

    The road into Jackson Falls is rough and sometimes has washouts. A high clearance or 4x4 vehicle are almost required. Once you reach the parking or primitive camping area, take the short path to the top of the falls. It is close to only a 0.25 mil...

    4.5 miles 410 ft gain

  • Explore Historic Locust Grove

    Built in 1790 by Major William Croghan and Lucy Clark Croghan (William & George Rogers Clark's sister), Locust Grove became a place where major national figures who helped shaped our nation collaborated and provided a gathering space for rest ...

  • Camp at Oak Point Campground

    Oak Point Campground is located in the Lake Glendale Recreation Area, there are 34 full hook up sites and 25 primitive tent camping sites. Group camping is also available at the Duck Bay Shelter and the Goose Bay Shelter. All sites are first come ...

  • Backpack the North - South National Scenic Trail

    For 59 miles, the North-South National Scenic Trail winds up and down wooded hollows as you make your way along the length of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. A National Recreational Trail, the North-South has a great mix of coasta...

    59 miles 3362 ft gain

  • Fly Fish Bennett Spring State Park

    Bennett Spring is the flagship of the Missouri Trout Parks. It draws the largest crowds, by far, and it boasts the largest spring of the four parks. It has a very nice restaurant, a nature center, a swimming pool, and tons of lodging and camping s...

  • Hike to Chasm Falls

    Parking in Rocky Mountain National Park is tricky for Chasm Falls. Depending on where you are able to park, the hike will be a 0.1 mile, 2.8 mile, or 4.8 mile round-trip hike. It’s also important to know that Old Fall River Road is closed during t...

    0.75 miles 132 ft gain

  • Explore Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America, was born in a small cabin in Sinking Spring just south of Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. When he was just two, his family moved to Knob Creek Farm, northeast of Hodg...

  • Hike the Egret Slough Trail

    For a great introduction to the Cache River Basin of Southern Illinois make your way to the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center. Here you will find a spur trail to the Tunnel Hill Bicycle Trail, information and exhibits, and ranger information ...

    0.5 miles 12 ft gain

  • Hike to Indian Kitchen

    Designated a national natural landmark in 1980, Lusk Creek Canyon is the name of a 906-acre canyon located within the Lusk Creek Wilderness Area of the Shawnee National Forest in Pope County, Illinois. The Lusk Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and Nat...

    4.8 miles 192 ft gain

  • Explore Historic New Harmony and Harmonie State Park

    Historic New Harmony, Indiana honors two unique communities from the early 1800's. The Rappites located here in 1814. They were fleeing from religious persecution and awaiting the impending millennium. In 1824, the Owenites brought many great scie...

    1 miles 11 ft gain

  • Paddle Mermet Lake

    Mermet Lake Conservation is an old Cypress and Tupelo Swamp that has been turned into a shallow lake by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It was developed in 1949 as a waterfowl hunting destination. Each October the lake is closed and ...

  • Drive through the Bald Knob Wilderness

    Adjacent to the beautiful Bald Knob Cross monument is one of the most scenic drives in Southern Illinois. The road winds and turns through this rugged and remote wilderness.  Highlights along the way for hikers are the Bald Knob trail loop and the...

  • Explore Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

    A Native American village once occupied the site of Wickliffe Mounds, about A.D. 1100 to 1350. Here, the Mississippian culture built earthen mounds and permanent houses around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River.  Visitors follow a s...

    0.4 miles 13 ft gain

  • Visit Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial

    Abraham Lincoln lived on this farm from the age of 7 - 21. Begin your visit at the Visitor Center. This building is a memorial to Abraham Lincoln and his family and was designed with two halls and a connecting covered walkway. On the outside of th...

    0.5 miles 105 ft gain

  • Hike the Fort Donelson Battlefield Loop Trail

    On this relativity easy trail, you will travel along the hand made trenches dug by Confederate Soldiers that protected Fort Donelson and the lower Cumberland River. Then you will pass a monument for the veterans who fought a bloody battle here. Af...

    3.4 miles 465 ft gain

  • Explore Mandy Falls

    A great cascade and shelf falls of about 10 feet await along the roadway a few miles from Mantle Rock Nature Preserve. Glades and barrens also provide for rare wildlife and countless wildflowers in the spring and summer. Spend an hour or five minu...

  • Visit Fort Massac State Park

    The long decorated history of Fort Massac dates back to 1757 during the French and Indian War when this French fort was constructed overlooking the Ohio River in Southernmost Illinois. The French left the fort behind at the conclusion of that war,...

    0.5 miles 15 ft gain

  • Explore the Historic Paducah River Front

    Visit Paducah's thriving riverfront and take a self-guided tour of the Paducah Wall to Wall Murals along the concrete floodwall in downtown.  These works of art depict Paducah's  rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals by renowned...

    0.5 miles 27 ft gain

  • Take a Stroll around Forsyth Park

    Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah, Georgia.  For locals and tourists, Forsyth Park is a hub of recreation. Laid out in the 1840's, today the park plays host to concerts, recreation sports, people watching, sun b...

  • Hike to Sand Cave

    Shawnee National Forest played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century. As slaves escaped and headed north, the dense forest and rugged terrain offered natural hiding places. On the route through Pope County, Illinois, f...

    1.2 miles 32 ft gain

  • Hike Big Rocky Hollow Trail

    A great short hike in Ferne Clyffe State Park with a big payoff that is nearly wheel chair accessible with compact crushed gravel as a path. The trail leads to a 100-foot tall intermittent waterfall. The trail is lined with huge boulders, meanderi...

    0.5 miles 63 ft gain

  • Hike Millstone Bluff in the Shawnee National Forest

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this mile loop trail leads you along a bluff line to the ruins of a historic village of Woodland and Mississippian Native Americans.   Mississippian Natives established a village here between 100...

    1 miles 193 ft gain

  • Explore the 1850's Homeplace of Land Between the Lakes

    The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum is an interactive museum of a mid-19th-century two-generation farm. It is a working farm, which means the employees and volunteers work the farm much the way it was worked back in time. Th...

    0.75 miles 11 ft gain

  • Hike Rocky Bluff Trail

    Rocky Bluff Trail in Southern Illinois is part of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge near Carbondale. It's a relatively easy loop hike at 1.7 miles. This trail is not stroller or disability friendly. The parking lot is small and requires a $2.00 dai...

    1.7 miles 157 ft gain

  • Hike through Wormsloe State Historic Site

    Most visitors to the historic Wormsloe Plantation only explore the iconic tree-lined Oak Avenue and the historic areas ‚Äď but they also miss out on a larger portion of the historic site. A 3.2-mile loop explores the park‚Äôs popular and historic area...

    3.2 miles 22 ft gain

  • Camp in the Trail of Tears State Forest

    Trail of Tears State Forest lies within one of the most rugged landscapes in Illinois. The hills are steep, and the soil is shallow and susceptible to erosion. Cliffs are all around and streams with gravel bottoms are in the narrow forest filled v...

  • Explore George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

    Located in Vincennes, Indiana, the urban park honors the heroic deeds of George Rogers Clark and his men who captured the British Fort Sackville on 25 February 1779. Today a memorial similar to those found in Washington D.C. now honors Clark and t...

    1 miles 15 ft gain

  • Visit the Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site

    Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site is a nationally significant Native-American archaeological treasure. From about 800 AD to 1500 AD it was the ‚Äėcapital' of a chiefdom that stretched from Brookport to Hamletsburg along the Ohio River. Large flat-t...

  • Bike or Run the Greenway Trail

    The Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail is open to non-motorized traffic from dawn to dusk. Distance markers, shelters, and benches are located along the trail. The Greenway Trail links Perkins Creek Nature Preserve, Stuart Nelson Park, Noble Park, Sch...

    7.6 miles 111 ft gain