Summer is calling you outdoors. You are already looking at the calendar to see when you can get away. If you don’t have a lot of time and you want to spend it out among forests and geographical points of interest, consider backpacking through state parks and forests wit in a few hours of Chicago. Just remember that if you haven’t been working our or hiking for a while, you need to build up strength to carry that backpack further than your car. Even a small tent plus sleeping bag food, water, change of clothes, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit and medicines, camera and compass add up to weight you don’t normally heft. You also ought to build up endurance with exercise and hikes. Look for good scenic trails close enough to Chicago such as those listed here so you won’t spend the day driving. Reserve your camping spot and head out this spring to one of these scenic spots near the city.
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Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit
W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive
Between Dousman and Whitewater, WI 53190
(262) 473-7501 and (888) 947-2757
Kettle Moraine State Forest, with a Southern Unit about 100 miles north of Chicago in Wisconsin, is all about glacial formations mixed with forests, lakes and prairies. Within its more than 20,000 acres are several trails and camping facilities. There is the 30 mile long (north-south) Ice Age National Scenic Trail and a couple of challenging trails in the Emma Carlin System which has the moderate to hard Orange Loop that includes a scenic overlook and its extension (Green Loop) that makes it hard. The John Muir Trail System has several loops ranging from moderate to hard to difficult. The southern unit is really popular in summer, so reserve an overnight spot as soon as possible using the 888 number. Click here for campgrounds.backpacking,backpacking,backpacking
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