Possibly the best place for a family to spend time together is in nature. Whether its camping, boating or even hiking it is great for families to enjoy the natural beauty of the earth together. There are many great places within the United States for your family to hike, rather you are traveling or looking to stay close to home. Here is a list of our top six favorite family hiking spots all over the country.
Zion National Park – Zion literally means a place of sanctuary in Hebrew. Located in the South Western United States in Utah this 229 square mile park is beautiful. It is home to thousands of animals from birds to lizards which you can find in the various plants that grow throughout the park. Zions Park is home to numerous different hiking trails that vary in difficulty. It is a perfect place for families to enjoy the earths natural beauty and explore its many creations.
Glacier National Park ÛÒ Glacier National Park is also located in the Western United States in the state of Montana and it continues in to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The park expands over 1,000,000 square acres and encompasses two mountain ranges that stray off of the Rocky Mountains. There are over 130 named lakes within the park and hundreds of hiking trails. Your family will enjoy the company of hundreds of species of plants and animals.
Yosemite National Park ÛÒ This national park is located in Eastern California in the Western United States. It covers over 750,000 square acres of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Yosemite is recognized for its unique granite cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear streams and giant Sequoia tree groves. Over 95% of the park is covered with wilderness terrain where hiking trails have been incorporated for tourists to see the most beautiful spots throughout the park.
Appalachian Trail – The Appalachian Trail is a 2,174-mile footpath along the ridgecrests and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Maine to Northern Georgia. The numerous trails span across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. The diversity found on these trails are unimaginable and families can spend weeks exploring areas and still not see everything.
Grand Canyon National Park – One of the oldest national parks within the United States the grand canyon is located in Arizona. The grand canyon itself is considered one of the major natural wonders of the world. The park covers over 1000 square miles over the state. Aside from the canyon itself the national park has many hiking trails that lead to great viewpoints where your family will be able to see miles and miles of rocky terrain.
Nantahala National Forest ÛÒ Nantahala is famous for its cascading waterfalls, towering hardwood forests and whitewater foaming over the backs of boulders. Located in the eastern state of North Carolina you can enjoy panoramic views from the mountain ranges of the Whiteside or Wayah Bald. A 2 mile loop trail to the top of the Whiteside cliffs, provides a spectacular view. Other trails located throughout the forest will allow your family to truly enjoy the beauty of these spectacular mountain ranges.