Fall is one of the best times to explore New England with the little ones—the colored leaves, the fresh air, the natural beauty of the area, plus phones and tablets fade to the background (unless you are snapping incredible pictures). One of the best things to do outside around this time of year? Go on a hike, it's great for your health, is an amazing family bonding activity, and you can get great family photos!
New England is home to some of the most gorgeous, yet kid-friendly places to hit the trails—even in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where there is an impressive cluster of 4,000 footers. As part of National Take a Hike Day on November 17, we’ve rounded up the best places to take a hike. From tranquil parks to adventurous state parks and more, these spots are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they make for a full family day. So grab your hiking boots and get ready to explore nature on mild, kid-friendly terrain (some are even drivable), and maybe see some wildlife along the way.
Looking for more ways to get out in nature with kids? Explore our list of 10 State Parks and Forests in Massachusetts and 25 Connecticut State Parks and Forests That Are Great to Visit. Or, learn about the 15 best destinations for a fall day trip from Boston.