National Trails Day occurs annually on the first Saturday of June according to the American Hiking Society.
For some, nothing is more calming that the great outdoors. Many of us like the challenges and beauty that nature has to offer. Hiking and nature trails stretch across the Midwest like ribbons, in fact whether urban or rural, most of us are within a short drive to the nearest trail.
A good hike can be used as a teambuilder activity or a nice break between sessions to help your attendees clear their heads and engage with nature allowing them more focus upon the next sessions start.
Even if you didn't take an opportunity to hike this last weekend let’s take a look at some Midwest resorts that also provide great hiking possibilities.
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Oglesby, IL
Starved Rock is host to a number of guided hikes of all lengths and suitable to accommodate any budget, from free half-day hikes to the all day MEGAHIKE with a reasonable per person fee. While learning about the State Park’s history you and your group can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. These events are fun for all experience levels and provide a great team-building experience.
With more than 7,500 acres and over 100 lakes, Innsbrook is a wonderful, one-of-a-kind recreational living community. Get out and explore Innsbrook's natural beauty on one of their seven hiking trails with many accessing colorful wildflowers and scenic waterfalls.
Kelleys Island Venture Resort, Kelleys Island, OH
For those looking to really get away, island living might be just right. A short ferry ride from Marblehead, OH you will find an island brimming with natural wonders from the Lake Erie Coastal Trail to Glacial Grooves Memorial . The walkways, footbridges, and stairs within Glacial Grooves allows you to look down on this natural phenomenon. There is plenty to keep your attendees active when hosting an event on this island get away.
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, Lutsen, MN
Located along the Lake Superior shore your group can be guided on a two to three mile hike passing waterfalls, grand vistas, and awesome shoreline. Your guide will also introduce your group to the natural environment of the area and give you a bit of cultural history along the way. Lutsen Resort also offers a hiking trail shuttle service for individuals who want to explore the Superior Hiking Trail, with service to multiple trail sections.
Custer State Park Resorts, Custer, SD
You are never far from a spectacular trail when staying at one of the four Custer State Park resorts. Sylvan Lake Lodge is at the base of Harney Peak, the highest point in America east of the Rockies. Plan for about four hours to complete this round-trip excursion to the top of Harney Peak Trail or choose the more moderate Sunday Gulch Trail. Custer State park is full of wildlife, scenic byways, and trails to explore — your adventurous attendees will thank you for the experience.