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Hiking with Children


Close up of kid feet hiking on a trail

I don’t have children. However, I have worked as a nature teacher and guide and my day job for more than 15 years was a teacher. So, I know a thing or two about the littles. I know that many children do not get outside as much as I did when I was a wee one. I also know that our young people, especially tweens and teens, are spending more time in front of screens than outside in nature.


If you are interested in getting your kids away from the screen and out of the house, hiking with your children is a great way to do that. There are a few places in my book that I would consider more “family friendly” than others. All of the hikes in the book can technically be family friendly if you want them to be. But the ones listed below seem friendly even to the tiniest hikers. Many of them have nature centers and other things for the young ones to explore.


Check them out!

  • Churchville Nature Center

  • Hunterdon Arboretum

  • Peace Valley Nature Center

  • Ringing Rocks County Park

  • Schuylkill Center For Environmental Education

  • Silver Lake Nature Center

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