Rivers, bluffs, dense forests, canyons, marshes, grasslands, and waterfalls are just a few of the varied backdrops for hikers along the byway. Mississippi Palisades State Park offers six short walks along riverside bluffs leading to panoramic overlooks. The rest of the park’s rugged and extensive trail system will have you racking up the miles winding through forested ravines and along limestone formations. Inspiration Point in Shawnee National Forest is true to its title. Soak in views of the river valley below after taking a short hike to this memorable spot. Giant City State Park’s namesake trail leads you past and through massive sandstone blocks that form “Giant City Streets.” From easy to difficult, find the perfect trail to match your hiking skill at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve where the 17.5-mile network takes you along the river, through forested hills, and around Lake George. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an energetic journey, hiking is a great way to explore the byway’s natural wonders.