6 Family-Friendly Upper Valley Hikes

Submitted a year ago
Created by
Mitzi Cunningham

Getting out to enjoy the great outdoors can be tough with little ones in tow. Fortunately for us, the Upper Valley offers several family-friendly hikes. Listed here are some of our favorite hikes that are easily accessible and toddler approved! 

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1. Quechee Gorge (Quechee, VT) - This is a family favorite. The trail has wide, clear paths. We also enjoy the reward of splashing in the water at the bottom of the gorge.

2. Montshire Museum Trails (Norwich, VT) - You can access the trails surrounding the trails with admittance to the museum. There are a variety of hikes to choose from and the paths are easy enough for the tiniest of hikers to navigate.

3. Mt. Tom (Woodstock, VT) - The Faulkner Trail is a great option for groups with young kids. The last short stretch of the trail is fairly steep, but the switchbacks at the beginning are great for kids!

4. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller State Park (Woodstock, VT) - The park is full of different trails to choose from, but the Junior Ranger Loop is an easy, short option. The kids can also complete a workbook to get their Junior Ranger badge.

5. The Northern Rail Trail (Lebanon, NH) - You can use your bikes, scooters or feet to stroll along the rail trail. This trail is also wheelchair accessible!

6. Boston Lot Conservation Area (Lebanon, NH) - Stroll along the trails, take a dip in the lake and bring a picnic to enjoy!

*Always remember to dress properly, bring plenty of water and stay in a group. Ability levels will differ, but we have found that most of our children have been able to independently complete a significant portion of all of these hikes.

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