5 Great Hikes for Families May 31 2013

Teach your children an early love of the outdoors by taking them for a fun family hike. Some of the best hiking trails around the country are great for families. They might not be rugged and backwoods, but they will provide some stunning views and cherished memories. Check out five of our favorites below:

Trail of 100 Giants (California)

The Trail of 100 Giants, located in the Sequoia National Forest, provides stunning views of hundreds of giant sequoias. These towering ancient trees are truly breathtaking. The entire loop trail is about a mile in length and is fully paved and wheelchair accessible. Benches and interpretive signs dot the trail, providing great places to rest for tired little feet. This is a trail the entire family will love from your littlest ones on up to their grandparents. There is plenty of shade and lots to see the entire length of the trail.   

Mount Evans Summit Hike (Colorado)

Mount Evans features the highest paved road in North America and is an exciting drive even if you don’t plan on taking the hike. The drive takes at least a couple hours roundtrip and will showcase the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Once you reach the top of the road, park your car and get out for a fun family hike. Mount Evans Summit Trail is a ¼ mile trail that will take you from the parking area to the top of the peak for stunning views. The trail is only open during the summer, but even then it is mighty chilly up there so be sure to pack jackets. And of course with views like these you don’t want to forget your camera (safely stowed in a T-REIGN ProCase of course).

Silver Comet Trail (Georgia)

Silver Comet Trail is a 61.5-mile trail that travels from Smyrna, Georgia to the Georgia/Alabama state line near Cedartown. The trail is fully paved and is ideal for biking, hiking and even taking your dog for a walk. Strollers and wheelchairs can easily maneuver the trail. Some adventurers attempt the full trail staying overnight in hotels found in cities along the way while others prefer to make a day trip of it and explore a small segment. With various entry and exit points along the way you’ll find that this trail is versatile enough for any skill level and a perfect hike for families.

Mount Timpanogos Cave (Utah)

Mount Timpanogos Cave features stunning displays of rock formations that can be seen on a guided tour (tickets required) led by a park ranger. The tours last about an hour and are fascinating for young and old alike. Getting to the cave requires quite a strenuous hike, but the reward of the cave tour makes the difficult hike worthwhile, even for young hikers. The trail to the cave is about 1.5 miles and is fully paved, although not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Make sure to take a jacket, as the caves can get chilly. Due to the difficulty of the hike, this trail is best suited for older children or for parents who are strong enough hikers to help get their little ones to the top.

Mount Rushmore Presidential Trail (South Dakota)

If you want to see the famous presidential faces of Mount Rushmore up close and personal, there is no better hike than the Mount Rushmore Presidential Trail. The trail is only about a half mile in length and is fully paved. While the hike isn’t long, it does take you much closer to the mountain and provides some stunning views of the famous faces.

Isn’t it time you took your family on a hike? These wonderful trails are a great way to celebrate the outdoors with those you love. Make sure you check availability for each hike before you go as many of these trails close during the winter months.