The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) does so many wonderful things that it's easy to overlook the blogs on their website, such as "Great Kids, Great Outdoors.*" It's a surprisingly helpful resource for getting kids outdoors.
Hiking the AT conjures up images of either exhausted or totally buffed hikers. Woodsmen and woodswomen gasping for air and water or lithe joggers blithly hopping their way up steep mountainsides effortlessly.
But who ever thinks of dragging kids along? It's hard enough to get them to eat dinner with the family. Who has the resources to entice them to actually WALK ... outside?
Problem solved. (Well, almost.)
Click on the link below to read about ten of the best spots on the AT to share with the kids. Each hike has been selected for ease of access, walking and navigation, and for stuff that appeals to kids -- such as waterfalls and ice cream. (Makes you feel like a kid again, doesn't it?)
* "Great Kids, Great Outdoors" is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Kristen Laine and Heather Stephenson. AppalachianTrail.com is grateful for their labor.
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