12 Favorite Midwest Hikes

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 to.

Marquette, Kansas: Kanopolis State Park

Glimpses of the American Southwest emerge via sandstone canyons and bluffs in this remote state park in central Kansas. Start on the Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail at Trailhead C, and follow it 0.75 miles through a flower-filled meadow, where you’ll pick up the Horsethief Canyon Trail. On that looping 5.5-mile hike, you’ll rock-hop across Buffalo Creek, pass caves and climb over sandstone slabs to a stunning view of the prairie below.

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