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10 of the best state parks in America

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 11, 2014, 9:32 a.m.
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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Located along the shores of Lake Superior in a nature-dominated corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers some of the best backcountry experiences in the Midwest. The more than 90 miles of trails pass through the dense pine and hardwood forests, leading to hidden inland lakes, amazing scenic overlooks and unique rock formations.

The ruggedly beautiful coastline along Lake Superior is also accessible by trail. Rustic cabins make it possible to spend days exploring the Porcupine Mountains, which have been affectionately nicknamed the “Porkies” by locals.