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An unnamed peak adjacent to Eagle Mountain

Highpointing the Midwest

Climbing the highest points in Midwest states is a feat doable for most. Read more for a list of the Midwest state highpoints ranked from easiest to hardest.

Ricky at Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth, MN

About No Coast Best Coast

Learn more about No Coast Best Coast and how you can use this website to find the best hiking in the Midwest

Infographic about clothing in winter hiking

How to Dress For Winter Hiking in the Midwest

Dressing properly is the key to enjoying winter hiking. Read more to learn what clothing to wear to brave the elements!

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

What's the Difference Between a National Park, a National Monument, and a National Forest?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a National Park and a National Forest or National Monument? To demystify these labels, I explain which agency operates each type of park and the details behind how they operate and for what purpose.

The view looking south towards your next destinations: the Cathedral Spires and Little Devils Tower

5 Best Midwest Hikes Reviewed in 2018

Having explored more Midwest states during 2018, this year's best hikes represent some of the great diversity found in the Midwest.

The spectacular view of Lake Superior from the Top of the Giant Trail

5 Best Midwest Hikes Reviewed in 2017

What's a better way to ring in the new year than to reminisce about the great places you went the previous year? There were certainly more hikes to choose from this year than last year, so choosing this year's best Midwest hikes was a challenge.

This special PDF can show your location with a smartphone

How to Find Your Location in Minnesota State Parks Using Your Smartphone, Even Without Service

Tired of getting lost while hiking? Read this tutorial about using new PDF maps for Minnesota State Parks that show your location even when you don't have cell service.

You can rent these teepees at Blue Mounds State Park in Minnesota.

5 Best Midwest Hikes Reviewed in 2016

After exploring much of Minnesota and part of Wisconsin, 2016's best Midwest hikes reflect the variety available in and around this great state.

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