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Hikes in the Midwest

Calling this the 'Hikes around the Great Lakes' page might be more appropriate. Growing up in Michigan, and spending some eight years there in adulthood, allowed me to explore just about every corner of that 'Greatest' of Great Lakes States. As such, the majority of the hikes here will hail from one or the other of its two peninsulas.  Other states in the region I've explored as well, however, include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, & Wisconsin...within which I've been offered a surprisingly diverse palate of hiking opportunities...


If the North Woods, freshwater lakes, or open prairies are your thing, you're sure to find some interesting places in these albums to explore...

Midwest Hikes (except Michigan) by Difficulty Rating


Starved Rock State Park, IL  (5.60)

Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA  (5.50)

Mississippi Palisades State Park, IL  (5.20)


Apple River Canyon State Park, IL  (4.20)

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, IA  (3.80)

Des Moines River Ravines Natural Area, MO  (3.50)

Timms Hill, WI  (2.50)


Matthiesson State Park, IL  (1.90)

Falls of the Ohio State Park, IN  (1.80)

Indiana Dunes National Park, IN  (1.76)

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie - Prairie Creek Woods Trail, IL  (1.70)

Kitty Todd Nature Preserve, OH  (1.60)

Pipestone National Monument, MN  (1.50)