Hiking has always been a popular recreational activity for people looking to spend time in nature, but it has gained an even bigger following over the last year. Not only is hiking an excellent form of exercise, but it also allows you to see some of the most beautiful spots the country has to offer. There are plenty of great hiking spots throughout the country, but it is hard to top the trails in the Midwest. These are the four best places to hike in the Midwest.

Starved Rock State Park

This beautiful park is located in Ottawa, Illinois, which is roughly two hours south of Chicago. Climbing to the top of the bluffs gives you a spectacular look at the Illinois River. You will also get a chance to see more than a dozen waterfalls and canyons while hiking Starved Rock State Park trails. The diverse scenery will make you question whether you are still in the Midwest.

Superior Hiking Trail

The name says it all about this amazing trail in Northern Minnesota. Superior Hiking Trial runs for more than 300 miles from Duluth to the Canadian border. The trail takes you through unique forests loaded with a variety of different trees. It also has lots of overlooks of the local lake and river. There are hundreds of camping sites along the trail for those looking to spend more than one day checking out this premier Midwest trail.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail

This beautiful trail spreads across more than 1,200 miles of Wisconsin. It is currently the only US National Scenic Trail in the Midwest. All of the land surrounding the Ice Age National Scenic Trail was created by glacial movements, so it offers views you will not find anywhere else. The Monches Segment just outside of Milwaukee is the most easily accessible part of this unique hiking spot.

Brown County State Park

Everyone looking for an easy hiking trip that can be done with the whole family should head out to Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana. Located just outside of Indianapolis, this park offers several different short trails that almost anyone can do. You cannot beat a leisurely walk through the colorful trees.