Looking for an outdoor destination the whole family will enjoy can be a daunting task, but family hikes should be fun! Often times, easy family hikes are packed with visitors during the busy summer months. That’s why we’ve picked out hidden gems for hiking with your family across the country that will even have the little ones enjoying the outdoors. What are you waiting for?
Washington, DC: Greenbelt Park
A virtually unknown oasis, Greenbelt Park is located just 15 minutes from Washington, DC and is the perfect entry-level hiking destination. Forested hikes ranging from one to five miles allow you to choose your challenge and work up to longer goals. Because of the proximity to the city, it’s always possible to ditch the plans and head home if the adventure becomes too overwhelming.
South Valley Park, CO: Coyote Song Trail
South Valley Park is just a short distance from bustling downtown Denver but provides a peaceful and quiet respite. Striking sandstone towers are littered in the open grassland, making for beautiful scenery and great photos. Kids can run along the wide open path and discover a natural rock arch.
Newbury Park, CA: Satwiwa Loop
This 1.5 mile loop wanders through lush green grasslands and rolling hills. Wildlife viewing is great all year round, but those who visit in spring will have the chance to see wildflowers covering the hillsides. If you’re up for it, an additional .75 miles hike will bring you to a secluded three-tiered waterfall.
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula: Second Beach
A 1.5 mile round trip hike makes Second Beach a great place to lose the crowds but not too far to bring the kids. Sea stacks rise up through the ocean and tide pools provide a great place for children to explore.