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Looking for a fresh loop that’ll be a summer highlight or just a new trail for a weekend stroll? Try some of these 12 hikes from across the Midwest—all local favorites that we can’t wait to get back...
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End a day outdoors with a hot shower and soft bed at some of the Midwest's top state park lodges.
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An Arts and Crafts lodge overlooks a prairie lake at Honey Creek Resort.
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Climb past the lush valley retreat to reach the Illinois River bluffs when you stay at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center.
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Find quiet among old-growth forests and mysterious caverns at Turkey Run Inn.
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Along with epic scenery and plenty of family activities, Custer State Park in the Black Hills offers a resort setup with four places to stay.
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Badlands, big skies and a surprising spread of pine forests draw visitors through the Sandhills to the panhandle in northwestern Nebraska.
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In hilly northwest Illinois, Apple River Canyon State Park offers beautiful scenery for outdoor recreation, including fishing, hiking and camping.
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From hunting to scuba to fishing, Kansas parks and trails offer outdoor adventures for everyone.
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Whether you're up for a short ramble or a more adventurous outing, we've got ideas throughout the Midwest for parks where you can stretch your legs and enjoy the best of Midwest fall color.

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