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10 Best U.S. Trails to Do With Kids.

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10 US Trails to do with kids this summer. Covid vacation changed your trip? Here are some outdoor experiences to keep the kids busy. #hikewithkids #familyvacation #nature #hiking #nationalparks #usavacations #rvlife

Jocelyn, a mom of two, GoWhee app travel ambassador and family travel influencer behind @lewisfamcoast2coast, shared with us her favorite kid-friendly trails around the U.S. This list is sure to be an amazing inspiration for a safe and social distancing type of vacation. To start your fun summer trip planning and find more kid-friendly outdoor locations, download the GoWhee app today.

After a kid-friendly 3.5-mile hike (roundtrip), you will be able to discover a unique Donut shaped waterfall. Although picturesque from the top (better with small kids), you can also decide to venture down a little bit to the heart of the waterfall. Once down there, you can get your feet wet and catch a glimpse of the fall from inside the cave. Stay on the trail until the fork and stay left until you reach the waterfall.  This is a great trail all year long and is fun for the whole family!

Take the kids on this family friendly 9.6 mile trail and discover a glacier filled lake. The slow grade trail is great for the whole family with extensive views and leads directly to the lake. The older kids can also enjoy the Park Ranger led programs that are available at the visitor center. To add some interest to the hike, families have reported seeing some mountain goats, sheep and grizzlies… A perfect background for a nature scavenger hunt!

The Glacier Lake Bassin in the summer

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Start your journey through an easy 1.6 mile trail and discover three caves formed some tens of thousands years ago by volcanic activity.  Each cave offers an amazing experience with different levels of difficulty. The Indian Tunnel cave is particularly a great kid-friendly hike and will give you some serious homeschooling material on volcanic activity.

Looking for a real hike yet still kid-friendly? This nature loop of about 2.6 miles in the middle of the Bryce National Park will leave you speechless.  If you love birds and spectacular landscapes, you will be in for a treat.  Summer is a popular season for this trail so make sure to keep your social distancing on.

If you need a little nature day trip on the east coast, go take a look at this beautiful waterfall. The paved sidewalk to get to the fall is great for smaller kids, and once you reach the site, you get to walk BEHIND the waterfall! It’s the perfect stay-cation or easy to add to a road trip to create amazing memories.

Jocelyn's family behind the Dry Falls in North Carolina.

Hike like a real cowboy! I mean, there is nothing more kid-friendly than a cowboy trail with all kinds of cool artifacts and physical challenges like these ladders you can find along the path. With only a 0.6 mile loop trail and tons to see along the way, this is the perfect trail for our little beginner hikers. So use this social distancing summer vacation as an excuse to put the whole family on the right path (pun intended!).

Need to bring the pooch along? What about this moderate, yet still accessible for kids and dogs, trail! The reward: A beautiful cascade in the heart of the South. With a 50 foot high waterfall and some spectacular groves, it is a must-see! However, we recommend this hike for kids that are a little older and more experienced since the National Forest Service recommends to use extra caution after wet weather, and deep ravines are to be expected along the way.

If you are looking for a kid-friendly camping trip, then look no further! This easy trail offers amazing views of the Arches National Park, in particular the sand formations called: Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch. The experience of putting your feet in the orange sand is quite spectacular and should be a huge hit among the kids. If you would like to stay overnight and camp after the 1.7 mile hike, you can also enjoy the Devils Garden Campground onsite.

Sand Dune Arch trail

The trail with the fall where the two creeks meet! It is perfect for a beginner level hike thanks to the benches along the way that allow the whole family to rest. We also love the ability to bring a stroller along since the 0.8 mile trail is paved and slowly inclined. But if you find your way to this kid-friendly trail, don’t forget to stop and take a look at the Alpine town of Helen!

A hike in the Great Smoky Mountains! This 2.6 mile trail leads to a beautiful waterfall and is great for experienced little hikers. Pets and strollers will not be part of the trip but “hiking the Smokys” is a reward in itself for the whole family. This trail is also perfect if your little one(s) or the adults are photography fans since it has some great photo opportunities. 

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Mom of 2, full-time traveler and influencer. She is an active Gowhee travel ambassador and her happy place is South Carolina.

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  1. Happy hiking, everyone!!

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