WNC -- April 27, 2023: As the warm weather arrives, families are looking for the perfect outdoor
activity to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Fortunately, the area boasts a wide variety of hiking trails
suitable for all ages and abilities. Here are some of the best family-friendly hiking trails to explore from
May through August 2023.

  1. DuPont State Recreational Forest - Located in Henderson and Transylvania Counties, this forest has over 10,000
    acres of hardwood forest, waterfalls, and hiking trails. The Triple Falls Trail is an easy 1.2-mile hike that leads to
    three stunning waterfalls, making it a great choice for families with younger children.

  2. Graveyard Fields - Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County, this area is named for the tree stumps that resemble graves. The trailhead begins at Milepost 418.8 and offers two kid-friendly trails, the Graveyard Fields Loop Trail (2.3 miles) and the Upper Falls Trail (0.4 miles), which leads to a stunning waterfall.

  3. Chimney Rock State Park - Located in Rutherford County, this park offers hiking trails with breathtaking views of the Hickory Nut Gorge and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. The Great Woodland Adventure Trail is a short 0.6-mile loop trail that is perfect for younger children, while the Skyline Trail offers a moderate challenge and stunning panoramic views.

  4. Catawba Falls Trail - Located in McDowell County, this trail is a 1.5-mile round trip hike that leads to a stunning 100-foot waterfall. The trail is well maintained, and there are plenty of spots to stop and rest along the way, making it ideal for families with children of all ages.

  5. Craggy Gardens - Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County, this area offers a variety of hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous. The Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a moderate 1.4-mile hike that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Whether you're looking for a short stroll or a longer adventure, Western North Carolina has a hiking trail that's perfect for your family. So, grab your hiking boots, pack some snacks, and get ready to discover the natural beauty of the region!

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