#AdventureMonday 06/16/2014

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#AdventureMonday 06/09/2014

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The Midwest a lot of hiking a little camping – Guest Post

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It’s not always realistic to be able to spend a week or a month enjoying long trails and rural camping. During the summer, day trips and weekend camping trips are a fun and active mini-vacation. Here is your guide to the Midwest– a lot of hiking with a small side of camping if time allows.

Morgan-Monroe State Forest, IN

Indiana has nearly 2,500 miles of trails open to backwood hikers. Morgan-Monroe State Forest is one of the best places to take a day trip, or to settle down and camp for a while as you explore the scenery. It has three trails that are less than one mile long, including the Tree Identification Trail, where you learn about native trees.

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There are also four longer, more rugged trails for those who are advanced hikers. The Mason Ridge Loop is a 2.7 mile trail of moderate difficulty, and the Three Lakes Trail and Low Gap Trail each span 10 miles and are more challenging to navigate. As the name implies, Three Lakes Trail passes by three lakes; Bryant Creek Lake, Cherry Lake, and Prather lake, where boating and fishing is popular. Gold panning is another unique activity, but a free license is required through the Forest Office.

Morgan-Monroe State Forest has 19 camping sites for tents and RVs, as well as 6 group sites. Primitive camping is also allowed with a permit, and there are also lodge rooms and cabins available to rent on a day-to-day basis.

 

Itasca State Park, MN

Itasca State Park offers year-round opportunities for the avid hiker. There is a total of 49 miles of trails, with certain ones offering 9-mile hikes or longer. In the park you’ll find 27 kinds of orchids, a wide variety of wildflowers, as well as red and white pines, and the trails wrap around many different lakes which are perfect for swimming in the summer.

There is also a 1.5 mile wheelchair-accessible trail, so even those who can’t do traditional hiking can enjoy the scenery, birdwatching, and fishing. In the off season, trails are available for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

If you are an ardent hiker you’ll be spending long days exploring the park, and there are plenty of lodging options. If you are with a large group (up to 21 people), you might want to consider renting a clubhouse or group center, otherwise there are plenty of RV campgrounds and traditional tent sites. If you are traveling with pets you will be more limited in your options as the rented facilities do not allow them, but they can stay on leashes in your trailer or at your campsite. There are also very limited electric sites, so if you bring your trailer plan on camping dry if you have not made reservations.

Custer State Park, SD

Custer State Park is good for groups with hikers of varying levels because it has a variety of different trails. Sunday Gulch Trail is one of the more difficult, crossing streams and passing over boulders. You’ll see diverse and rare plant life as well as granite walls. This trail is only open from May-November, and there is still sometimes ice through the month of June. For those who are just beginning hiking, are not physically fit, or who are traveling with small children, the Creekside Trail might be more appropriate. It is only two miles long, is relatively level, and is even rollerblade friendly.

French Creek Natural Area is the longest of the trails spanning for 12 miles one-way. It is a moderately difficult trail and crosses through creeks several times. It also is not marked, but hikers will find it easy to follow the paths that other hikers have worn.

One of the benefits of the French Creek Natural Area is that primitive camping and backpacking is allowed all throughout. In other parts of the park there are campsites that accommodate tents, RV’s, and other types of trailers with electrical hook-ups. There are also group campsites, and campsites designated for non-profit youth groups.

Andi Singer is lifestyle writer working with Indiana RV Connection to share the best hidden treasures of the Midwest. She feels blessed to be able to work and travel at the same time, and enjoys sharing her travels with her hunting dog.

What’s going on?

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I normally do not post twice in the same day but, over the past few weeks some awesome things have been going on. I thought I would share.

1.  If you have not noticed but the website has a new look. Why the change? I was bored with the old design.   If you find something that is broken or just does not seem to work like you think it should please let me know head on over to the contact page and drop me a line.

2. The Hiking The Trail Instagram account hits 1400 followers.

3. The Jeep has been named “AJ”  and has been upgraded with some fancy new front u joints.

4. The Hell Hike and Raft social adventure has landed several new sponsors. Keep an eye out on #HellHikeAndRaft tag on all of  the social channels to find out who they are as we release the info.

Keep on keepin’ on

Adam

#AdventureMonday 6/02/2014

It is time for Adventure Monday and here are the awesome Submissions. If you would like your photo featured simply tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with #hikeingthetrail. You may also submit photos by emailing them to photos [@] hikingthetrail.com

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