If your family loves to explore the great outdoors then hiking the trails, mountains, and awesome National Parks of the US is a dream come true. Escaping the confines of your home and getting out into the fresh air of the backcountry is an experience that brings families together and soothes the soul.
Of course, not everyone has time to plan grand expeditions to the best National Parks or highest mountain peaks. But thankfully this really isn’t necessary! There are brilliant, kid-friendly hikes and trails across the length and breadth of the US, and chances are you are only a couple of hours away from amazing places to explore, wherever you are in the country.
So whether you want to explore the Pacific coast, wander through the rugged Appalachian Mountains, or just pack your bags and find your nearest bit of nature and get outside, here are some of the best family-friendly hiking trails to explore over the weekend.
The Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail stretches for 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada and is one of the most iconic and scenic hiking trails in the US. It passes through some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country, including the Mojave Desert, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the North Cascades. There are plenty of sections that are perfect for a weekend hike with kids like Sequoia and Kings Canyon where you can discover towering redwoods, gorgeous waterfalls, and breathtaking mountain vistas.
The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail is another legendary long-distance hiking trail that runs for 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine. It’s a great option for families, with plenty of easy and moderate sections that are perfect for kids.