Ok, so in the past 9 months, I've moved from Nashville, TN, shouting distance from a plethora of excellent trail opportunities, back to central Illinois (Springfield) where I grew up. Unfortunately, hiking opportunities around here are meager at best, and I'm having trouble finding legitimate trail destinations within reasonable driving distance.
I foresee most of my trips this year being weekenders, or extended weekends, 1-3 nights, and I'd prefer to keep it to within a reasonable day's drive of home. I've found a few spots in Southern MO that seem promising for overnights (<30 mile loops), but have really found little else unless I drive upwards of 10-11 hours.
So seasoned BPLers, help me out here, any midwestern honey-hole spots you feel like sharing?