5 Family-Friendly Hikes in National Parks

Summer and fall are the perfect seasons to spend time in the outdoors. With more daylight hours, pleasant temperatures and our National Park Service celebrating its 100th birthday, it's a great opportunity to explore our national parks.

For families, this is the ideal time to build great memories and instill a love of nature, activity and being outdoors. But hiking with children can be tough; the trail can't be too long, or too steep—but should still be enough of a challenge to prevent boredom.

Always be sure to take enough water and snacks for everyone—you can never have too many snacks when kids are involved. Wear sturdy footwear to make the hike more enjoyable and dress in warm layers on colder days. But most importantly, have fun!

About the Author

Angela Bekkala

Angela Bekkala is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and RRCA Running Coach. With a background in exercise science and over 15 years of experience in the industry, she is well versed in movement. She is the author behind the popular healthy living blog, Happy Fit Mama, that focuses on running, yoga, fitness and sharing nutritious recipes for the whole family.

Angela Bekkala is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and RRCA Running Coach. With a background in exercise science and over 15 years of experience in the industry, she is well versed in movement. She is the author behind the popular healthy living blog, Happy Fit Mama, that focuses on running, yoga, fitness and sharing nutritious recipes for the whole family.

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