Up the mountain we go!

Fall is a great time to get outdoors as a family. One of those great activities is hiking.  Although there are significantly difficult trails you could take in your area, hiking is a great form of recreation for all ages.

If you’re just starting out, grab that pair of sneakers in your closet and head to the closest national park or park that has a big hill or mountain in it.  Be prepared to take water, and be on the lookout for animals like bears, and rocks that could trip you up. Most areas that are designated for hiking have several different trails you can choose from, from easy to hard, and long to short.  Depending on your location, who you have hiking with you and your time constraints, you could end up with a pretty fantastic view in as little as 30 minutes.  For the more industrious, there are hiking areas that allow you to camp overnight and require some more serious hiking time and experience.  Don’t worry, you can work your way up to an overnight hiking trip.

Taking advantage of the fall, especially in the northeast, and going hiking is a great way to see lots of wildlife, as well as brightly colored trees.  This will help keep your kids attention while you hike, but be prepared with a bag or something for them to carry the leaves and other treasures they find and want to bring home.  You can use those leaves for decoration, or attach them to a card or picture for the kid’s grandparents.

Hiking is a great way to get out in the fresh air, get some exercise and spend some uninterrupted time with great friends or family.  Share where you have hiked before and what you love about hiking below!

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