National Park Week  is April 16-24 and has been created to celebrate this country's 394 National Parks. "This year's focus, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both."
Indiana isn't awash in National Parks, but we are blessed with amazing State Parks, State Forests and lots of opportunities for hiking and connecting with nature. Despite some possible rainy weather, what better time to celebrate nature!
Need some inspiration on where to go?
Hiking Indiana: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures  by Phil Bloom
A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana's Longest Footpath  by Nathan D. Strange
Nature Walks in Southern Indiana  by Alan McPherson
Questions about gear and what to bring?
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backpacking and Hiking  by Jason Stevenson
The Complete Walker IV  by Colin Fletcher
The Hiking Companion: Getting the Most from the Trail Experience Throughout the Seasons  by Michael W. Robbins
What are those flowers? And is this a Sycamore tree?
101 Trees of Indiana: a Field Guide by Marion T. Jackson
Indiana Wildflowers: Lawrence & Monroe Counties  by John Seeber
Be safe and happy hiking!
- Science & Nature