Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park is half nature hiking – half history lesson. It kind of reminds me of Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountain National Park with it’s grist mill, however, Spring Mill State Park includes a whole Pioneer Town along with its grist mill. I have been to Spring Mill before and walked through…

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Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve

After backpacking in Zaleski State Forest, my plan was to camp for two nights at Hocking Hills State Park and hike the trails. I had been forewarned that Hocking Hills gets crowded, what I failed to understand was that it is not the normal state park crowd level, it is National Park crowd level, which…

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Holland State Park

Holland State Park is located in Holland, Michigan along the shores of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. Jess and I originally wanted to go to Holland to see the Holland Harbor South Pierhead Lighthouse or “Big Red Lighthouse” as it is affectionately known, which can be viewed from Holland State Park. The town of Holland…

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Potato Creek State Park

I’m another state park closer to having hiked at all 24 Indiana State Parks! Only 10 more to go! On my way to Michigan this past weekend, I stopped at Potato Creek State Park. It’s not too far off US Hwy-31. I wish I’d had more time to hike and explore because the park is…

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Lincoln State Park

On July 4th, I checked another Indiana state park off my bucket list, Lincoln State Park! What better state park to check off on a day that celebrates our country’s independence than one named after one of our presidents? Fun Fact: President Abraham Lincoln lived in southern Indiana from the age of 7 to 21.…

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Harmonie State Park

On my way to Shawnee National Forest for Memorial Day Weekend, I passed the tourist sign for Harmonie State Park. With it being a last minute trip, I had not realized that I would be passing so close to the state park. I decided I’d take advantage of being so close and stop on my…

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Giant City State Park

The number of beautiful hiking spots in Southern Illinois still baffles me. Not only is there Shawnee National Forest, but there is also Giant City State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Cache River State Natural Area, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the list goes on. Sufficient to say, I have a lot more exploring to…

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Whitewater Memorial State Park

This past Saturday I needed to go to Cincinnati, Ohio but wanted to get some hiking in on the way. I settled on Whitewater Memorial State Park as it is located near the Ohio border only 30 minutes out of my way. One of my goals for 2018 is to visit every state park in…

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Rock Cut State Park

Even though the temperature was not expected to rise above 30 degrees, it was windy, and the sun was hiding, Lizzie and I were in need of an adventure and decided to explore Pierce Lake Trail at Rock Cut State Park. Rock Cut State Park is located in northern Illinois about an hour and a…

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Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is a beautiful state park near Nashville, Indiana that over the last 2 years I had come to loathe. It’s my own fault, I went hiking there so often for 3 years that I made myself sick of it. Also, it draws a HUGE crowd of leaf peepers who make it…

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