Hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors. We began introducing our kids to hiking very early and it is a regular part of our travel and our school life. We love hiking in the Smokies, on the Appalachian trail, and in the National Parks. The diversity of the USA and the beauty of the outdoors continue to draw us to the trail.
One key lesson we learned right away is that anything that makes hiking easier for us and more exciting for the kids is worth investing in! After purchasing hydration packs for our kids, we saw a huge improvement in their stamina and overall attitude while on the trail.
In this Complete Guide To The Smoky Mountains, we share the best times to visit the Smoky Mountains, the best Smoky Mountains hikes and scenic drives, and the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains for each season.
Does hiking with kids seem impossible to you? A family hike doesn’t have to be impossible. In fact, we believe getting kids to hike is a worthwhile endeavor. However, like anything with kids, it takes a bit of creative planning and flexibility.
After asking these expert and experienced hikers what they ALWAYS have in their hiking pack, I decided to use this information to put together a list of gifts for hikers based upon their recommendations.