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Help a Mom: Favorite hiking trails for kids

Posted December 17, 2013

People gathered at the banks of the Eno to listen to music, look at local art and craftwork, eat delicious food, and celebrate the Eno River & Watershed and its importance in our community for the 34th year. (photo by Wes Hight).

I'd love to start writing more about great hiking trails for kids in the Triangle. My family has walked a bit at Umstead Park, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary, Durant Nature Park in Raleigh and Eno River State Park in Durham, but I know there are some other great options out there for families.

I'd love to hear all about your favorite hiking trails for kids.

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  • tarditi Dec 18, 2013

    Falls Lake and Umstead Park are our favorites (my kids 3 & 7) love Sal's Branch. Lake Johnston also has a nice trail around the lake as well.

  • jdnowell Dec 18, 2013

    Bass Lake Nature Park in Holly Springs is great! I take my 3 and 5 year old there quite often!

  • Liebe ist fur alle Dec 18, 2013

    Yesterday, while out house hunting, I saw a "hike in camping" sign North of the city. It was off Six Forks in the Falls Lake area. Meant to stop on my way back to make note of it's location but missed it. Maybe someone else will have more specific information and know if it's a decent hike.

  • radiobrain Dec 17, 2013

    Clemmons Educational State Forest in Clayton, but not open year round, only March-Nov, I believe.

  • jeff35 Dec 17, 2013

    Kids in Parks provides a network of family friendly trails, called TRACK Trails, that connect various public lands in an attempt to get kids “un-plugged”, outdoors and reconnected with nature for their health and the health of our parks. Each TRACK Trail has a series of brochure-led self-guided adventures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure. Furthermore, kids earn PRIZES for TRACKing their TRACK Trail adventures in their online nature journal on the Kids in Parks website.

    The Kids in Parks program is an initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Their mission is to work with partners throughout the country to promote children’s health and the health of our parks by increasing physical activity and engaging families in outdoor adventures that foster a meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.