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About Me & My Family

My family and I are huge lovers of the outdoors, whether it is hiking, biking, camping, etc. I love to hike with my children on trails with a lot of natural play areas and watch them go and take risks. My passion is getting children outdoors so they can develop a relationship with nature to become environmental stewards. I am an environmental educator and have my own business called Hiking Along, Science and Hiking for Kids.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, structured, energetic, scheduled
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Sunapee, NH
A Place We'd Love To Visit
South Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
hiking the trails in Maui with our entire, extended family camping, hiking, swimming and biking in Acadia National Park camping, hiking, kayaking and rafting in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
airline flight getting canceled and being stuck in an airport
Websites I Like:
www.hikingalong.com www.hikingalongtrails.blogspot.com www.thenaturalcapital.blogspot.com www.aparentinsilverspring.com www.lnt.org www.americanhiking.org

The Best Kid-friendly Hiking Trails in DC

The Washington DC area boasts numerous hiking trails, many of which are kid-friendly. A kid-friendly trail is defined as one with a natural play area, such as water and rocks for climbing where kids can have free and unstructured play, and an easy, wide trail with little elevation gain. The following are my families top 10 kid-friendly hiking trails in the DC metro area.

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10801 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, Maryland


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Billy Goat Trail, part B"
This is a great 2 mile circuit hike for elementary school age children. The hike is along the Potomac River and teh C&O Canal. The trail is rocky along the River and provides some challenging rock scrambling for kids. When the water level is low on the River, there is a great beach for hangind out and watching the kayakers. Read a full review on www.hikingalongtrails.blogspot.com - August 2009.

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Powder Mill Rd.
Laurel, Maryland


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Cash Lake Trail circuit hike"
This 2 mile circuit hike is jogging stroller friendly and great for toddlers and preschoolers. The hike begins at a pond and then follows along Cash Lake where there is a beaver lodge. This refuge provides a lot of opportunities to see wildlife. In addition, the National Wildlife Museum is located at this Refuge. Read a full review of this hike at www.hikingalongtrails.blogspot.com - July 2009.


Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Northwest Branch Trail"
This is a toddler and preschool friendly, out and back hike along the stream. This hike is jogging stroller friendly hike. Beavers are prevalent along this stream and one will notice a lot of beaver activity. For a full review, read www.hikingalongtrails.blogspot.com - September 2009.

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22201 Zion Rd.
Olney, Maryland


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Kid-friendly circuit hike"
This is a beautiful and quiet park with a great kid-friendly circuit hike that is jogging stroller friendly. Some of the natural play areas for kids are a pond, a stream with great ripples, rock outcropping for climbing, and a perfect picnic spot on the stream. Reah a full review of this hike on www.hikingalongtrails.blogspot.com, April 2009.

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7410 Tuckerman Ln
Cabin John, Maryland


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Cabin John Trail"
This hike is great for elementary school children in that it provides some elevation challenges along the ridge overlooking the Cabin John Creek. There are some great natural play areas, such as a bamboo forest, a couple of rocky beaches, some large rockes to climb, and a playground and picnic tables at the trail head. Read a full review of this hike on www.hikingalongtrails.blogspot.com - May 2009.


Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, Virginia


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Difficult Run Trail to the River Trail in Great Falls National Park, VA"
This is a 5 mile circuit hike that is great for children 8+ years old. This hike provides some great views of the Potomac River and hiking along the rapid Difficult Run stream. There is a great hang out spot where Difficult Run enters the Potomac River.

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Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, Virginia


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Circuit hike at Scotts Run"
This a beautiful county nature preserve with old growth trees on the Potomac River. This hike is jogging stroller friendly and great for preschoolers and elementary school children. The trail crosses Scotts Run twice on fun cement pilings. The trail leads to the Potomac River where Scotts Run ends as a waterfall. For a full review, read www.hikingalongtrails.blogspot.com - October 2009.


Old Dominion Rd.
Great Falls, Virginia



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George Washington Pkwy
Washington, District of Columbia


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Swamp and Woods Trails"
This a very toddler friendly circuit hike. Half of the trail is natural surface and the other half is a raised, wooden walkway in the wetlands which makes the hike very jogging stroller friendly. There are some great places to hang out on a small beach and watch the boat traffic on the Potomac River. Take a picnic lunch and play hide and go seek at the monument. Read a full review on www.hikingalongtrails.blogspot.com - June 2009.

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5200 Glover Rd.
Washington, District of Columbia


reviewed on: November 23 2009

"Valley Trail"
This beautiful trails runs along side Rock Creek with high ridges on both sides. A 4 mile circuit trail starts at the Nature Center and continues past a horse ring, along the top ridge and then down to the valley floor along the Creek. This hikes is best for elementary children who can hike 4 miles and hike a little bit of elevation.