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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.

A bench overlooking Lake Katrina in Baker Park Reserve

Best Twin Cities Parks for Hiking (Without the Crowds)

Tired of the same parks and hikes? Read this list of Twin Cities hikes to find a great trail near you!

Looking south towards Agassiz and Fremont Peaks from the top of one false summit

5 Best U.S. Hikes Reviewed in 2019

From the depths of Carlsbad Caverns to the highest peaks in Maine and Arizona, this list showcases the spectacular variety of landscapes the U.S. has to offer now that expanded to all states in 2019.

The view of the Mississippi from Hanging Rock

5 Best Midwest Hikes Reviewed in 2019

Hiking probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Iowa, Illinois, or Missouri, but trails from each of those three states comprise the entirety of my top Midwest hikes of 2019.

The view from the top of Mt. Katahdin

Highpointing the Northeast

From West Virginia to Maine, the Northeast includes a wide range of highpoints largely dominated by the Appalachian Mountains. Read more for this region's difficulty ranking.

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.

Infographic about clothing in winter hiking

How to Dress For Winter Hiking in the Midwest

Dressing properly is the key to enjoying winter hiking, and most information is catered to warmer climates. Read more to learn what clothing to wear to brave the extreme cold of the Midwest!

Ricky at Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth, MN

About No Coast Best Coast

Learn more about No Coast Best Coast, the criteria used in each hike review, and how you can use this website to find the best hiking in the Midwest

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? Read more to learn about each type of park.

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

Say goodbye to 2017 by reminiscing about the great places I hiked during that year, including trails in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada.

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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