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The Pyramid of the Trillium. Photos by Mary Reed.

Highlands Nature Sanctuary, OH

By Mary Reed

April is when the Wow Factor kicks in at Highlands Nature Sanctuary. “We are here to save the biodiversity of the Eastern forests,” says co-director Nancy Stranahan.

The covered bridge at Bridgeton. Photo courtesy Parke County.

Parke County, IN

By Attila Horvath

This is how they roll in Parke County: by truck, tractor and Amish buggy. This is how we roll: on two wheels.

A cave tour at Mammoth. Photo by Daniel Schwen.

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

By Attila Horvath

It’s not necessary to use hyperbole to make a case for Mammoth Cave, because the facts are more than enough. It’s an International Biosphere Reserve as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A skier at Laurel Ridge State Park Cross Country Ski Center. Photos courtesy PACCSA.

Laurel Ridge State Park, PA

By Lisa Kaufman

If you yearn for that quiet spot you can ski to in the woods that hasn't been trampled to bare ground by a mad crush of downhill powder bunnies, southwestern PA's Laurel Ridge deserves a red circle on

Snow at the Shoe. Photo courtesy of Snowshoe.

Snowshoe Resort, WV

By Mary Reed

With 180 inches of natural snow annually, it might seem odd to call Snowshoe Mountain a hot spot, but 650,000 visitors a year can’t be wrong.

Flying down the two-lane toboggan run at Pokagon. Courtesy Indiana DNR.

Pokagon State Park, IN

By Maryhelen Mackin Chadwick

Imagine flying downhill at 40 miles per hour old school style on wooden toboggans – sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Do they say schuss in West Virginia? Photos courtesy White Grass.

White Grass, WV

By Michelle Anderson and Mark Steinmetz

Before booking that expensive flight to Vermont or submitting to the mind-numbingly long drive to the upper expanses of Michigan, consider this: Perhaps the best cross-country ski destination in the entire East is located in our very own Ohio River Valley.

Hucking at the Wisp terrain park. Photos by Attila Horvath.

Wisp Resort, MD

By Attila Horvath

“You can’t please everyone” is a memo that Wisp didn’t get. The outdoor activities list at this western Maryland resort is long: 32 slopes and trails, terrain parks for boarders, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, a winter roller coaster and tons more.

Gettin' some. Air, that is. Photos courtesy Seven Springs.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, PA

By Mary Reed

Bundle up in your Pittsburgh Steelers hat and jacket (“It’s required on game day,” jokes former ski instructor Joe Sesti) and hit the slopes at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on opening weekend

Gettin' down and dirty. Photos courtesy of Marengo Cave.

Marengo Cave, IN

By Mary Reed

When the summer and fall crowds die down, cave exploring – the headlamp-illuminated, belly-crawling kind – picks up at Marengo Cave in southern Indiana’s karst country.

El Horrendo rapid. Photo by Adam Herzog.

Breaks Interstate Park, KY/VA

By Mary Reed

Calling this place “the Grand Canyon of the South” is a bit of a disservice.

The iconic New River Gorge bridge.

New River Gorge, WV

By Mary Reed, photos by Attila Horvath

There is only one problem with the New River Gorge: option paralysis. Will it be whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, photography or even BASE jumping?

An opening along the Hesitation Point Trail. Photos by Mary Reed.

Brown County State Park, IN

By Mary Reed

A few years ago, if you were a mountain biker in Indiana, you were also out of luck.

Along the E Trail in Mt. Airy. Photo by Mary Reed.

Mt. Airy Forest, OH

By Mary Reed

Mount Airy Forest is Cincinnati’s real urban jungle – a 1,500-acre forest playground with 30 miles of hiking and bridle trails, a variety of wildlife, a popular arboretum, a dog park and even a fu

McConnells Mill and Slippery Rock Creek. Photo by Lisa Kaufman.

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

By Lisa Kaufman

Slippery Rock Creek runs strong and deep through the gorge that bears its name. Above and below the centerpiece grist mill, the waters teem with stocked trout and smallmouth bass.