Hiking

Rancocas State Park

Size: 
1252 acres

Location

Rancocas State Park
794 Rancocas Road
Hainesport, NJ 08036
United States
Phone: (609) 726-1191
39° 59' 8.3832" N, 74° 49' 49.584" W

Rancocas State Park is comprised of a diverse set of habitats along the Rancocas Creek in Southern New Jersey. This somewhat rustic park includes deciduous woodlands, meadows and marshes along with a wide range of plant and animal life. Families can hike on several miles of trails through the diverse terrain and enjoy the natural surroundings.

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.

Tourne Park

Size: 
547 acres

Location

Tourne County Park
McCafferty Lane
Denville, NJ 07834
United States
40° 54' 32.5224" N, 74° 26' 47.2524" W

Tourne County Park is part of the Morris County Park System and has portions located in Boonton, Denville and Mountain Lakes, NJ. Hiking is a popular activity within the park and the Yellow Trail offers scenic views at the Top of Tourne. The trails are also used for biking and horseback riding.

During the winter months, Tourne park is a popular place for cross country skiing. A portion of McCafferty Lane is gated to vehicular traffic and is used as a sledding hill.

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.

Loantaka Brook Reservation

Size: 
744 acres

Location

Loantaka Brook Reservation
223 Loantaka Way
Green Village, NJ 07935
United States
Phone: (973) 326-7600
40° 45' 12.456" N, 74° 26' 34.35" W

Loantaka Brook Reservation is a county park within the Morris County Park System in New Jersey. A major feature of the park is its namesake brook which winds among the paths. Loantaka Brook Reservation features 744 acres with over 8 miles of trails for hiking, biking, jogging, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

The Reservation comprises four main sections, which include Helen Hartley Jenkins Woods section, the Kitchell Road section, the Seaton Hackney Stables and the South Street section.

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.

Getting Your Kids to Enjoy Hiking

The physical benefits of getting children involved in hiking are innumerable. The data shows that children are not getting enough exercise for their young bodies to thrive. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) childhood obesity rates top the scales at over 17% in the Unites States - there is plenty of room for improvement.

Bald Point State Park

Size: 
4800 acres

Location

Bald Point State Park
146 Box Cut Road
Alligator Point, FL 32346
United States
Phone: (850) 349-9146
29° 55' 4.9548" N, 84° 20' 41.2368" W

Bald Point State Park is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida in Franklin County. The park is located on Alligator Point, where Apalachee Bay meets Ochlockonee Bay. There is a range of terrain, including pine stands, oak forest and coastal marshes, that supports rich biodiversity.

The park is home to more than 360 plant species and 230 species of animals, including bobcat and bald eagles.

Moose Point State Park

Location

Moose Point State Park
310 West Main Street
Searsport, ME 04974
United States
Phone: (207) 548-2882
44° 26' 6.4608" N, 68° 56' 47.724" W

Moose Point State Park is located in Searsport, Maine along the shoreline of the Penobscot Bay. The park is a day use area that provides 1.5 miles of trails and picnicking next to the water.