Take A Hike

November 17th is National Take a Hike Day and it’s the perfect time of year to lace up those hiking boots and set out for a family adventure. Hiking is not only an opportunity for physical fitness, it’s also a great learning and exploration activity for children and adults.


Planning Your Hike

  • Research local trails to find the one that works best for you.
  • Will you camp overnight? Or is it going to be a day-trip?
  • Who all will be going along with you?
  • What supplies do you need to stock up on?


Gear Up

  • Invest in a quality back pack and learn to pack it properly. A good resource for packing:
  • Make sure you purchase good footwear. Research top brands and take a trip to your local retailer to try on multiple types to ensure the right fit for you.
  • Check the weather and dress appropriately.
  • If camping, make sure tents and supplies are in working order.



  • Pack a first aid kit for those unexpected injuries on the trail.
  • Stay hydrated by packing plenty of bottled water.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray are essential. Don’t forget to put these items in your backpack.
  • Pay attention to the trail and your surroundings. Look for any slippery spots or potential hazards that could cause injury.


Other tips

  • Download nature walk printables for the kids. Keep them occupied and help them learn about plants and critters along the way.
  • While on your hike, be sure to properly dispose of any trash you produce. Help keep trails clean.
  • Share your adventure on social media by tagging @AmericanHiking.


Learn more about National Take a Hike Day and other trail adventures at


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