The Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the US

Sep 26, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET
The Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — hiking with kids
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I know I sound like a broken record when I say it, but birthing or adopting a child does not doom you to a life of such thrilling “leisure-time activities” as reading mommy blogs and making chicken nuggets from scratch. It’s fall, it’s beautiful out, and adventure awaits you. So get outside and see the world — and bring those small fries with you (the kids, not the chicken nuggets, although sure, bring both).

And you don’t have to make an epic family plan to scale the Himalayas, either, because some of the most gorgeous mountains — and woods, waterfalls, lakes, you name it — are right here in the States. (In fact, the general awesomeness of the U.S. National Parks and landscape may be one of the only things Americans agree upon these days, so let’s cling to it with all our might.)

We’ve done the travel planning for you and rounded up some of the best child-friendly hikes in the United States — from the obvious icons to the unexpected spots you've maybe never heard of. Because which do you think your kid will remember in 10 years: the rando toy you got her for her birthday or the time you two trekked up a mountain?

1 /11: Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park

The Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park
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1/11 :Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park

2 /11: Nevada: Reno & Lake Tahoe

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — Hiking with kids outside Reno, Nevada
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2/11 :Nevada: Reno & Lake Tahoe

3 /11: California: Yosemite

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — hiking with kids in Yosemite National Park, California
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3/11 :California: Yosemite

4 /11: Oregon: Crater Lake National Park

Best Kid-Friendly U.S. Hikes — Oregon: Crater Lake National Park
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4/11 :Oregon: Crater Lake National Park

5 /11: Georgia: Amicalola Falls

Best Kid-Friendly U.S. Hikes — Georgia: Amicola Falls
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5/11 :Georgia: Amicalola Falls

6 /11: Washington: Olympic National Park

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — Washington: Olympic National Park
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6/11 :Washington: Olympic National Park

7 /11: Kentucky: Lost River Cave

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — Lost River Cave, Kentucky
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7/11 :Kentucky: Lost River Cave

8 /11: New York: Catskills

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — hiking with kids in the Catskills, New York
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8/11 :New York: Catskills

9 /11: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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9/11 :Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

10 /11: Wisconsin

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — walking Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with kids
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10/11 :Wisconsin

11 /11: The best kid-friendly hikes in the US

The Best Kid-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. — Where to go hiking with kids
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11/11 :The best kid-friendly hikes in the US