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Hiking is one of our families favorite things to do! Getting out into nature and exploring different landscapes is such a great learning experience and a break from everyday life where we are bombarded with technology!
Living in North Carolina we are very close to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. If you’re a regular follower of my blog you have most likely read about many of our other travel adventures – particularly on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Our kids love hiking! For Christmas one year my mother-in-law bought all 3 kids their own hiking backpacks. I think they actually had more fun packing their packs before heading out!
I STRONGLY recommend getting your kids their own small hiking backpacks.
1. It teaches them”survival” skills – only packing things that are of importance and that you would need out in the wild
2. Teaches them responsibility – you have to carry it the whole time – only take what you can carry!
**see my list below for items I suggest packing with for a hike
After 1.5 miles of hiking over rough, ragged, rocky terrain we arrived at the gorgeous 60 foot high waterfall! The view was breathtaking and full of awe inspiring views!
My daredevil husband – climbing across a fallen log to cross the falls with our little man —> who is just like daddy and is also a daredevil!
I seriously can’t believe how big they are getting!
Rather than doing an out & back on the trail (would have been 3 miles) we took a different path bath that was a bit longer. The total distance for our hike was 3.36 miles of pure fun!
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Wear a distance tracking device like my Fitbit and start it when you begin your hike. This allows you to see how far you’ve gone, how far you have left and helps you track distance if you get lost! (haha!)
Hiking Essentials for Women:
These are all items that I personally carry with me on each hike
5 in 1 Tool (has a whistle, compass, holder for keeping matches dry and a mirror)
Highlighter Pen Combo (for writing and tracking on your trail maps)
Pepper Spray – I keep this one me for a few reasons: bears or bad guys (haha)
I highly recommend these two National Parks websites to get more info about your trip: