Celebrate National Trails Day

by Marie on May 27, 2013

We are a family who loves the outdoors. And living in Seattle has it’s perks when it comes to beautiful scenery, especially in the trail department. If you’re like us and love to be outdoors, here’s my post on 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids.

Hiking in Washington

You may need those tips for this Saturday, June 1st, which is National Trails Day. It’s a celebration organized by the American Hiking Society, designed to help us all get out and explore our nation’s trails. It’s all about hiking, biking, geocaching, birdwatching, etc. I’ve posted about how we’re Hooked on Geocaching too.

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occuring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities.

There are events happening all over the United States where you can join some of the activities and outdoor fun. Or you can plan your own activity, simply finding a nearby trail and going out to explore.

Here’s a list of some of the trails we’ve explored as a family near Seattle: 

  • Twin Falls – this is about 2-1/2 miles in, but you’re rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. It’s worth the hike and great for kids.
  • Seward Park - found just east of Seattle and a perfect family outing. It’s simple, flat, and not very long.
  • Discovery Park – pictured above, this trail is right along the Puget Sound, just north of Seattle. A simple hike for the whole family.
  • Deception Pass – the view here is amazing. You can camp here or just take a drive up to see the beautiful view. If you hike to the top, you can see Canada!
  • Cooper River – we were camping near this river in central Washington and found ourselves on this trail. It’s a great one following a beautiful river.
  • Duthie Hill – great for mountain biking. There are designated trails for beginners and more advanced riders. This is a family favorite.

Share in the comments where you love to hike. I love to find new places to explore.

Happy Trails Day!

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