Unforgettable Winter Outdoor Outings

Winter completely changes the landscape in the Midwest, offering miles and miles of new perspective.

Illinois – Starved Rock – 13 Miles of Trails and 18 Canyons.  It is not unusual to see people climbing the frozen waterfall.



Indiana – McCormick’s Creek State Park Explore the spectacular limestone canyon, flowing creek, and scenic waterfalls

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Iowa –  Dawn on the landscape of the Mississippi River at Pikes Peak State Park, Iowa

Kansas – Deep Creek Waterfall at Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area

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Michigan’s Upper Pennisula averages 200 inches of snowfall each year and boasts plenty of frozen waterfalls for climbing


Minnesota – The Itasca State Park is a beautiful place to explore in the winter. Minnesota DNR

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Missouri – Onondaga Cave State Park – Leasburg

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Nebraska – Frozen waterfall along the Stone Creek Hiking Trail at Platte River State Park

North Dakota – The winding trail through part of the 200 acre nature preserve in this state park will take you through some absolutely amazing sights. There are plenty of plants and animals to be found here

Ohio – Old Man’s Cave Loop (Hocking Hills State Park)

South Dakota – Winter in the Blackhills

Winter, Spearfish Falls

Wisconsin – Lake Superior Ice Caves

And here are a few other great resources.


America’s Best Day Hikes       Great Hiking Trails of the World

66 Hikes on Route 66 – #7 – Cal-Sag Trail


Imagine a marathon trail (at just over 26 miles, we mean that literally) connecting across the Chicago Southland from Indiana and the Chicago Lakefront to Lemont, Illinois and the I&M Canal Trail.

Imagine a channel that’s seen its share of booms and busts becoming a destination for recreation, a nature corridor, and a driver of good health and high quality of life.

Imagine discovering it was real. Welcome to the Cal-Sag Trail.


The once Historic Route 66, of the most famous roads in the United States that ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and ended  in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, covered a total of 2,448 miles.  It has always been iconic for roadside stops….dinners…antiquing…and many historical sites.  Although it longer exists, you can still “get your kicks” on the path it took through the United States on other highways and roads.  In this series, I will highlight the many places you can stop to explore nature along this route….focusing on spots in the Midwest.  Looking for more stops….check out this guide.