The Great River Road runs through a landscape of forests, bluffs and wetlands. The varied landscape makes for some outstanding hiking opportunities. Hike the high bluffs at Wyalusing State Park in Wisconsin. Trek the woodlands surrounding the source of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca State Park in Minnesota. Explore the 15-mile trail system at Mississippi Palisades State Park in Illinois. Take a walk through the Mines of Spain Recreation Area in Iowa and see river views and limestone bluffs. Reflect on the past as you hike the bluffs at Trail of Tears State Park in Missouri. The hiking trails around Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee are perfect for seeing birds and other wildlife. Explore the excellent hiking trails in Arkansas’s many state parks. Hike the Civil War Trail at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Kentucky. Lace up your hiking boots and go exploring in the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. Grab your walking stick and take a stroll through the pine forests of Mississippi.

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