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Top 10 Hikes in 2022

As 2022 draws to an end, it is—as per tradition—time to look back on the year at Live and Let Hike. This is the ninth year of the blog—the tenth anniversary coming in 2023—and there was no let-up in content, … Continue reading

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Mexican Canyon Trail Loop, inc. Scenic View Trail (Fort Robinson State Park, NE)

Fort Robinson, a former U.S. Army base dating to the late 19th century, may be the most popular destination in the state park that bears its name—but the natural highlights lie beyond to the north and west in the sedimentary … Continue reading

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Blackhills Overlook Trail Loop (Chadron State Park, NE)

Rising suddenly and surprisingly, the scenic Pine Ridge cuts like a furrowed eyebrow across northwest Nebraska, revealing an elevated landscape of thick ponderosa forests and chalk canyons. The 100-mile ridge is a sudden break from the flats of the Great … Continue reading

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Smith Falls Trail (Smith Falls State Park, NE)

“Honestly, it’s not for everyone” – so goes the official tourism slogan for the state of Nebraska, a Great Plains state notable mostly for its fields of corn and the invention of the Reuben sandwich and Kool-Aid. The tourism campaign … Continue reading

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Summit Rock, Echo Canyon, & River Bluff Trail Loop (Interstate Park, WI)

Centuries upon centuries of freezing, thawing, and riverine erosion have carved the Dalles of the St. Croix, a basalt gorge that is one of the main natural attractions on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border and a popular destination for visitors from the … Continue reading

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Pothole Trail (Interstate Park, WI)

Evidence of ancient lava flows, prehistoric seas, and glacial erosion abounds at the Dalles of the St. Croix, a narrow gorge situated on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, about an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities. In addition to … Continue reading

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Parfrey’s Glen (Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area, WI)

Given the significant focus on Utah and the American West, narrow canyons and slots feature heavily on Live and Let Hike. But these beautiful features can be found in surprising places, such as the limestone gorges of Starved Rock State … Continue reading

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Ottawa, Kaskaskia, & Illinois Canyons (Starved Rock State Park, IL)

Note: This is the fourth of four posts covering hikes in northern Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park, which boasts 18 sandstone canyons, dozens of waterfalls, and an impressive network of trails along the southern shores of the Illinois River. This … Continue reading

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LaSalle Canyon to Council Overhang via Owl & Hennepin Canyons (Starved Rock State Park, IL)

Note: This is the third of four posts covering hikes in northern Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park, which boasts 18 sandstone canyons, dozens of waterfalls, and an impressive network of trails along the southern shores of the Illinois River. This … Continue reading

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French, Wildcat, & LaSalle Canyons Loop (Starved Rock State Park, IL)

Note: This is the second of four posts covering hikes in northern Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park, which boasts 18 sandstone canyons, dozens of waterfalls, and an impressive network of trails along the southern shores of the Illinois River. This … Continue reading

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