The Narrows is the true show-stopper of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, and you’d be remiss if you didn’t include this incredible feature in your to-do list during your visit to Southwest Oklahoma.Continue reading “Experience the Narrows at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge”
I’d seen so many hiking blog posts, comments and videos surrounding the difficulty of the Valley of Boulders portion of Charon’s Garden Trail, by the time we’d reached the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma I’d almost completely psyched myself out.
On the other hand, I had also seen photos of children navigating parts of the boulder field with ease, so how hard could it be? We’d know for sure if we could cross it the moment the “Apple and Pear” rock formation on the west side of Elk Mountain came into view. I’d given us a 50/50 chance of making it through.Continue reading “Conquer the Valley of Boulders in Charon’s Garden”
Brum Woods is a small network of well-maintained multi-use trails on the southwest side of the city of Batesville in Indiana.
Lena Brum (1900-1993) was opposed to Batesville development and denied many offers for her land, and she left the property to the city upon her death. In turn, the city honored her wishes for preservation and created a fine park for the public to enjoy.Continue reading “Brum Woods, Batesville, Indiana”
Auxier Ridge Trail #204 in the beautiful Red River Gorge Geological Area of Kentucky is an unforgettable hike featuring narrow exposed ridges overlooking sweeping Appalachian vistas of the Daniel Boone National Forest.Continue reading “Auxier Ridge Trail, Red River Gorge, Kentucky”
Yeah, this is a hiking website, but you’ve gotta eat too, right? Ever heard of a culinary trail? Think of it as a trail you hike with your face.
The best damn fried chicken restaurants in the United States are all conveniently clumped together in one little artery-clogging corner of Southeastern Indiana. Here, fried chicken is lifeblood, and we’ve assembled a comprehensive list of establishments on (and off) the famed “Chicken Trail.”Continue reading “The Best Damn Chicken Trail Guide for Southeastern Indiana”
A nearly private beach and stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline await on this 4.5 mile hike through the charming forested dunelands of the United States’ youngest national park.
Cowles Bog at Indiana Dunes National Park features diverse habitats and was one of the sites used in botanist Henry Chandler Cowles’ study of ecological succession — one of the driving factors behind efforts to save the dunes from commercial development.Continue reading “Hiking Cowles Bog Trail at Indiana Dunes National Park”
If you’re visiting Indiana Dunes, you probably already know about the 3-Dune Challenge, but did you also know that the less-trekked Trail 9 was named best hiking trail in Indiana by USA Today?
Our curated hiking route combines both experiences as well as the gorgeous shoreline with an easily-customized map for those wanting to hike shorter or longer distances.Continue reading “The Perfect Hiking Route at Indiana Dunes”
If you don’t have a lot of time to explore Hocking Hills in Ohio, I’m going to get right to the point: There is one place that outshines all the others.
That place is Conkles Hollow Nature Preserve.Continue reading “The Ultimate Hocking Hills Hiking Guide”
Remember that episode of The Brady Bunch where the boys were held captive by a crazy doctor (Vincent Price) in an ancient Hawaiian burial cave? Well, this isn’t that exactly, but there is a doctor in a historic Hawaiian cave.Continue reading “Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail Hike To Makauwahi Cave”
Nestled in the hills of Brown County, Indiana, is this lovely forest hiking trail loop at Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, one of nearly 20 protected sites governed by the Sycamore Land Trust.Continue reading “Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill Hiking Trail”