Here are the 15 tips for hiking with kids that they shared with me:
Wearing sneakers or hiking boots is really important. Depending on the type of terrain you are hiking on traction to climb over and on rocks may be needed.
Shoes that will clean up easily or become messy shoes permanently should be worn. There was a portion of each of the waterfall paths that was always really muddy and wet. I didn't bring old shoes for JDaniel and had to carry him through those areas. My shoes ended up with mud caked in them. Not all of the mud has come out yet. I am still working on it.
We hiked several different days that we were at the park. When we were in the sun, we peeled off our fleece jackets. When we hiked under a canopy of trees the temperature dropped a lot, we pulled the fleeces back on. It was so nice to have layers we could take off and on.
If you don't wear a watch, you can check a cell phone for the time too. I always seem to loose track of time while hiking.
There are wonderful bonding moments and beautiful views of nature that you are going to want to capture.
Bring Snacks and Water
Bring Bug Spray
Look Where You Are Walking
Bring a Flashlight
Look for Fun Things to View
We also talked about the waterfall and the water seeping through the rocks on the path. Again it was wonderful to talk and learn more about water with live models to observe.
Remember Little People Walk More Slowly
My sister and I each tried to stay with the kids. We did assign or had them pick hiking buddies. JDaniel got tired of holding my hand or staying super close to me. Having a cousin or aunt that was a buddy made him very happy. The other kids seemed to enjoy it too.
Reaching the End of the Trail Isn't The Goal
That is really what it is all about for me too. Stopping to see a slug or centipede on the path. Enjoying just walking together. Setting our own pace so we can enjoy the hike. Those things are really what hiking is all about.