Ever thought of hiking the Appalachian Trail, or maybe the Pacific Crest Trail? Hundreds of people every year set off into those wildernesses with nothing but their backpacks and their wits to aid them. This deeply personal experience brings us closer to nature and reminds us just how hard things were in an age before our modern comforts. But Freedom’s Frontier Heritage Area has just as many places you can head out and experience the wilderness.
Unlike the more populated coasts, all you really have to do to get out and experience real, rustic camping is to drive into vast tracts of land that make up the Kansas and Missouri countryside. Why not grab a backpack and your dog and try crossing part of the Santa Fe or Oregon Trails that snake throughout the region to get a little flavor of the joys and frustrations our felt? Nothing quite teaches us about the past like attempting to live as they did.
Not into hiking and camping? Well there are plenty more options that can draw you closer to the wilderness without having to go totally wild. River and lakes offer boating opportunities as an alternative, and there are dozens of sites in the Heritage Area that have made it their mission to present life as it was in years past. Check out the Freedom’s Frontier website and see where you can learn about the wilds that are still close to home!
Why not get a little wild and leave the fast-paced American scene for a while? You might just learn something about the Wild-Experience that Teddy Roosevelt had in mind when he made the National Parks in the first place!