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It’s a long drive to the end of Door Country peninsula, and the a ferry ride to the island however the trip Wisconsin’s Rock Island is well worth it. A mile long hike will take you to the five backpacking campsites situated in an amazing setting perched right over the rocky beach with some incredible views of Lake Michigan.
The 77-mile Greenbrier Trail hugs its namesake river, following the former C&O Railway through some of the most rugged and spectacular country east of the Mississippi. Here in the heart of Appalachia, steep 4,000-foot peaks watch over old logging towns, black bears, and eight rivers.
June is a great time to explore Virginia’s backcountry, because the trails are no longer crowded with thru-hikers moving north to Katahdin. Start at the Appalachian Trail from the parking lot and begin a challehging 3,100-foot ascent along The Priest with 37 switchbacks over 4 miles-one of the largest uninterrupted elevation changes on the entire AT.
On this hike you can discover the history of the oil industry of western Pennsylvania.
In the oil boom of the 1860s, Oil Creek Canyon sprouted with wells and refineries, choking the corridor with smoke and cleared the forested slopes. It was vastly different from today’s state park, where nature reigns again.
The dusty, barren landscape of the 15,313 acres of Caprock Canyon State Park is so reminiscent Wild West you can almost hear black hat outlaws galloping away after holding up the Denver-to-Fort Worth train. The 64-mile Caprock Canyon Trailway is broken into six sections, each with its own name and trailhead facilities.
Doing The Hike:
The 110-mile Iron Horse starts about 30 miles east of Seattle and climbs over the Cascades, crossing dizzying trestles atop rainy passes before terminating at the Columbia River. To see the coolest, eeriest stretch, pack your jacket and headlamp and head to the Hyak trailhead off I-90 on Snoqualmie Pass.
According to the legends of the Ojibway aboriginals of Canada, when the Great Spirit created the world, he put aside the most beautiful elements of creation for his home. The Great Spirit used sparkling waters, lush woodlands, blue skies and brilliant stars. Then the Great Spirit raised up an immense island in an inland sea.
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