Hiking just may be the perfect family activity. It is appropriate for all ages and a wide range of abilities, it is very inexpensive, it’s dynamic, and it’s good for the body, mind and soul. Perhaps that’s why hiking has become a holiday tradition for my family; looking back on Easter, New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve, and Labor Day, we celebrated those days with a family hike.
Read on for a few of our favorite places to explore nature and enjoy a couple of hours away from our hectic schedules. You may notice that most of these places offer more than hiking trails – that’s because, for better or for worse, the kids are far more enthusiastic about a hike when it holds the promise of another fun activity, like playground time, a swim, or animal encounters.