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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Moraine Hills State Park

The same weekend that Lizzie and I visited Volo Bog State Natural Area, we also visited Moraine Hills State Park. It is characterized by a 48-acre lake and hills that were created by receding glaciers 15,500 years ago. We hiked the 3.7 mile Lake Defiance Trail. Half the lake is surrounded by trees. It was…

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Natural Bridge State Resort Park was our second stop during our weekend spent in Kentucky. We spent less time there than planned due to our hike in Red River Gorge being more challenging than anticipated and because dogs are not allowed on most of the hiking trails in the park due to their nature preserve…

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Turkey Run State Park

We had unseasonably warm weather in February 2017 when Jess came to visit for the weekend, while I was dog-sitting for my Pap. As you’ve probably realized if you’ve read any of my other posts, Jess and I always go on some sort of adventure when we are together, whether it be a road-trip, National…

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Presque Isle State Park

On our way back from New York, Jess and I spent the night in Erie, Pennsylvania. After one National Park, two State Parks, a college tour, and a lot of sightseeing by car; we still didn’t think our road-trip was complete. So off we went to explore another State Park. Presque Isle State Park is…

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