The Missouri Ozark Trail: Council Bluff Lake to Bell Mountain Wilderness

The Ozark Mountains extend from Missouri, through Arkansas and into Oklahoma. They are the most extensive highlands between the Rockies and the Appalachians. In the Missouri Ozarks there are over 390 miles of well-developed trails ready for many backpacking adventures. Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to hike over twenty of those miles with a group of friends from the Central Indiana Wilderness Club (CIWC). Over a long week-end, we set up a base ...
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Winter Hike in Brown County State Park

With over 1.3 million visitors annually, Brown County State Park in southcentral Indiana rivals many of the national parks in its popularity and for good reason due to its scenic hills, spectacular fall foliage, and myriad hiking, riding and biking trails. I live less than a mile away from the park’s north entrance and make use of the park at least 200 times a year to walk, hike, camp, and take in its beautiful vistas.  Today, ...
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Winter Hike at Yellowwood Lake.

Seeing that it was going to be a clear cold morning, I headed over to Yellowwood Lake, located in Brown County Indiana - 10 miles from home for me.  It was -2 when I started out, but it didn't take long to get warmed up. This is hike #2 of my 52 hike challenge for 2018. I arrived minutes after dawn, but the sun is still behind the hills. I wanted to take the trail ...
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A Year of Hiking in Pictures

2015 -- What an outstanding year for backpacking and hiking. This photo gallery has highlights from these very enjoyable and beautiful adventures. Trips began in March with an overnight backpacking hike in Brown County Indiana, where I live, and included trips to Utah, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alberta, British Columbia, North Carolina and then back to Indiana.   Click on any image to launch a slide show. Enjoy and leave a comment about your favorite hikes, vacations or other enjoyments ...
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