Camping

Petit Jean State Park

Size: 
3471 acres

Location

Petit Jean State Park
1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road
Morrilton, AR 72110
United States
Phone: (501) 727-5441
35° 9' 23.3676" N, 92° 45' 30.888" W

Petit Jean State Park is the first state park in Arkansas.

Death Valley National Park

Size: 
3373063 acres

Location

Death Valley National Park
Route 190
Death Valley, CA 92328
United States
Phone: (760) 786-3200
36° 29' 55.7448" N, 117° 13' 36.7248" W

Death Valley National Park is located primarily within Southern California and has a small portion that extends into Nevada. It is the largest national park within the lower 48 United States and approximately 95% of the park is designated wilderness area.

2014 Outdoor Sporting Expos

By Justin Powell

Nature-loving families of all skill levels should be sure to check out an outdoor sporting expos this year. Families who are inexperienced outdoor expos to be a great learning resource, while even families who are experienced in the outdoors can find new products, learn new skills and or just get inspired.

Outbound Family has gathered an ever-expanding list of outdoor expos for 2014. No matter your family's interest, you can find a outdoor sporting expo near you. Learn a new skill, find a great new product and then enjoy time together outdoors!

Staying Safe from Poisonous Plants

By Justin Powell

Enjoying a family hike in the forest can be a great way to connect with nature. However, touching certain plants can be bad for you and your kids. Poisonous plants like poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak are fairly common and coming in contact them can cause a bad allergic skin reaction. Being able to recognize and avoid these plants is an effective way to keep your family safe from severe discomfort.

NJDEP’s Free 2013 Wild Outdoor Expo Being Held September 14th and 15th

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey families can learn more about the outdoors at the fourth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, the Department of Environmental Protection-sponsored celebration of the state's natural resources and outdoor heritage. The Expo will be held rain or shine from 10am to 5pm the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park

Location

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park
535 Stone Bridge Road
Pottersville, NY 12860
United States
Phone: (518) 494-2283
43° 43' 10.6032" N, 73° 48' 40.176" W

The Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park is located in Pottersville, New York and is a tourist attraction that has been privately owned by the same family since the Revolutionary War. The park protects a massive stone bridge arch, which is the largest marble cave entrance in the eastern United States.

Malibu Creek State Park

Size: 
7000 acres

Location

Malibu Creek State Park
1925 Las Virgenes Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
United States
Phone: (818) 880-0367
34° 6' 6.678" N, 118° 42' 41.022" W

Malibu Creek State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California. The land was formerly owned by 20th Century Fox Studios and was used to film a number of movies and television shows, including Love Me Tender, Planet of the Apes, Daniel Boone and M*A*S*H. Prior to being owned by 20th Century Fox, the land was the Crags Country Club which offered wealthy members hunting, fishing, tennis and other recreation. The land was acquired by the state in 1974 to be converted into a park, however filming has continued on the land.

Goose Creek State Park

Size: 
1327 acres

Location

Goose Creek State Park
2190 Camp Leach Road
Washington, NC 27889
United States
Phone: (252) 923-2191
35° 33' 37.5804" N, 77° 2' 4.524" W

Goose Creek State Park is located in Washington, North Carolina and protects coastal plain near Pamlico Sound.

Goose Creek State Park is open year round and offers plenty of opportunities for family outdoor recreation. Families can enjoy fishing for bluegill, yellow and white perch and largemouth bass. Motorboats, sailboats and paddle boats are allowed on the waters and a boat ramp at Dinah's Landing provides access.

Preparing for Your Child's First Camping Trip

Whether it's a family trip, a trip with a close friend or even summer camp, your child's first camping trip will take some emotional preparation. Doing a little bit of advance prep work can help make the entire situation less stressful and more enjoyable for your little one. Here are a few basic tips on how to prepare for your child's first camping trip.

Backyard Camping

Sequoia National Park

Size: 
404063 acres

Location

Sequoia National Park
Route 198
Three Rivers, CA 93271
United States
Phone: (559) 565-3341
36° 35' 16.4292" N, 118° 45' 8.7192" W

Famous for its giant Sequoia trees, Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada region of California. It is adjacent to and jointly managed with Kings Canyon National Park. Sequoia National Park has a vertical relief of 13,000 feet and includes Mount Whitney, the highest point in the 48 contiguous United States.