What we're about

Hiking With Kids was started to keep the interest of the outdoors instilled in my kids ages 12 and 14. We hike often with other local groups that have mostly older folks and well quite frankly the kids got bored. They want to associate with other kids when we're out there hiking. So I started the group late last year.

We hike the first Sunday of every other month. January, March, May, July, etc. The hikes are typically 4-7 miles. The hikes are done mostly at one of the state or federal parks or reservations. Many times sections along the Florida Trail. We usually start the hikes somewhere around 8:00 am. And the hikes typically last 3-4 hours depending on how much exploring takes place with the kids. We always stop for snacks or lunch somewhere in the middle.

While there is no real age requirement we do ask anyone hiking BRING A KID. That's the requirement. Most of our hikes are too much for really little ones. Use your own discrepancy but most kids are ages 9 or up. We've had some 7 year old's that go through. Again, use your best judgment with your children. We hike at a pace of 2 miles per hour usually. not including when kids stop to explore for a few minutes. Sometimes we pace faster with smaller groups and less younger children.

IMPORTANT: As with all hikes bring plenty of water, snacks or lunch, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, eye protection, proper footwear, rain protection (when needed), and inner peace. No negativity. Hiking with kids is not perfect in any way. We like the kids to have fun, learn, and just get out of the house. Sometimes they can get silly. No worries. Just remind them that wildlife is most active when we use soft voices on the trail. Too much loud screaming will chase it all away.

Please feel free to join in. We look forward to seeing more kids out there. Thanks for joining everyone!

Jaime

Some examples of hikes are:

Seminole State Forest- Part FL Trail
Black Bear Wilderness Sanford
Wekiva Springs

Little Big Econ State Forest

Ocala National Forest

And many others along sections of the FL Scenic Trail.

Upcoming events (1)

November Clay Island Hike at Lake Apopka

Clay Island Trail Head

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying their fall. Some fall weather would be nice! For Novembers hike I thought we would hike out to the East Observation Tower out on Lake Apopka. We will do a loop hike starting at the Clay Island Trailhead located in Astatula. This hike will have zero tree cover. So hats, shades, lotion, and water are very important. The trails are a combination of packed limestone roads and compacted grassy roads. Again starting at the Clay Island Trail head moving east where we will stop at the first observation tower for a few. Then we will continue on to the next tower. We will stop and eat a snack or lunch there for about 30 minutes. Then we will continue around the loop back the trailhead. My actual guess is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours depending on how adventurous everyone gets. I have hiked this trail a few times. We have seen alligators on the banks of the waterways EVERY time. They pose no threat if we pay attention and keep distance. Most of the time they will get back into the water as groups approach. Bring some small binoculars if you have. I've seen many bird species, gators, bobcats (early in the morning), and deer (early in the morning). There are NO bathrooms and the trailhead and no much wood area for hiding in. So bathrooms breaks way before. Not a lot of stores around for 7 or 8 miles either. If anyone has been to Zellwood for the Sweet Corn Festival or Long & Scott Farms for their fall corn maze you will know a little about where this is. FROM APOPKA Going North on 441 through Apopka into Zellwood. Turn left onto Jones Road (Becomes Duda Rd). Take all the way down to the end, this is County Rd 448A. Turn left. Go 1/4 mile and turn right on County Rd. 48. Take to Ranch Rd. Turn Left. Take to Robbins Road, Turn Right. Take to Peebles Dr. Turn Left. Take to Carolyn Lane, Turn Right. Trailhead is on the left. Parking area is fenced in. FROM ORLANDO/WINTER GARDEN/CLERMONT From the Turnpike Take the N. Hancock Road exit. Go north to 561A, Turn Left. Take to 561, Turn right. Take 561 north all the way to County Road 48, Turn Right. Take DR48 to Ranch Road, Turn Right. Take to Robbins Road, Turn Right. Take to Peebles Dr. Turn Left. Take to Carolyn Lane, Turn Right. Trailhead is on the left. Parking area is fenced in. Looking forward to the hike! Remember plenty of drink and sun protection! Remember hiking is out in nature. Bring a smile, positive attitude, don't forget your kid, and let's enjoy!

Past events (5)

September Hike W/ Kids @ Little Big Econ

Little Big Econ State Forest, Barr Street Trailhead

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