To Trail or not to Trail: Hiking trails are plentiful and obvious choices for adult outdoor destinations. However, most kids also enjoy a river or lake where you can create a home base (like a picnic blanket) then venture close by to throw rocks in the water or play tag or collect bugs.
Tree & Back Staff Tip: Many cities have a botanical garden and these are excellent places to take kids. Many have kid programming, nature-centric playgrounds, animal exhibits, and more. Also, your area might offer an official Nature Center that is off the beaten path.
Hiking Trails: There are many trail aggregate sites available online. See below for some examples. Remember, kids don't mind if a trail is unspectacular and usually, the closer to home the better. Also, don't push the hiking distance. If it takes an hour to walk 1/2 mile, great! Most kids would rather stop and observe or invent a game out of a stick than hike hard and fast to get to "the destination".
POPULAR HIKING TRAIL SITES: