Water Hikes

7 Great Water Hikes for Families

Every family loves the water. Kids can swim for hours on end, and while water parks are lots of fun, Mother Nature is much better. These are 7 Great ideas Water Hikes for Families

Children have been fascinated by water since the beginning of time. While water parks certainly have their appeal, why not try out Mother Nature’s original version? Here are seven stunning and kid-friendly waterfalls from around the country for your family to visit this year.

Devils Lake State Park in Baraboo WI

This deep gorge in Baraboo Hills is a beautiful place.  It offers birds, wildflowers and beautiful rock formations This is a place that offers lots of interesting things for the entire family to do. Hike along a constantly changing trail, one that offers a whole different experience every time you visit.

 Great Falls Park in McLean VA

This offers another great camping trip location. Everyone will enjoy the glorious Potomac River and wonderful view of the falls. The river loop is approximately 3 miles long and the hiking trail is a slight challenge. Look out for the blue heron and the beautiful birds.

 Olympic National Park in Port Angeles WA

Listen to the forest and the birds as you hike down to the Lake Crescent waterfall. This is about a mile walk with a stair walk to get to the falls. This is one of those places you want to get pictures of every little thing.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Svierville, TN

This is quite a hike uphill and you need to get through some of those tree roots, but once you get to the waterfall, it will all be worth it.  The trail up to the Grotto Falls is about 3 miles, round trip. If your hiking with kids, you’ll want to take some snacks and water, so they can enjoy it at the top.


Glacier National Park in West Glacier MT

This is just the right hike for parents with small children. Spring is best, as there is lots of water and waterfalls like no other you’ve ever seen. These falls fall in two places and create a double-falls effect. If you’re looking for a hike that is a little more challenging you might want to go to the top of the falls. Kids will love coming here in the fall too when the wild berries grow along the trail.

Tonto National Park in Fort McDowell, AZ

A short hike leads to a cave where water streams down from the top in a natural shower that everyone loves to splash in. Children will love exploring the cave, and when you’re tire you can walk along the trails to the largest travertine bridge in the world.

Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

The Dry Falls in the Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina offer a fantastic hike. This is one of those places on earth you rarely get to see. Walk underneath and behind the waterfalls; a fabulous natural wonder you won’t want to miss.  you’ll be walking on a slight incline so you’ll want really sturdy shoes to get to these places.


Final Thoughts

When visiting the most beautiful waterfalls of the nation be prepared. Make sure you take appropriate clothing: a shell jacket for cooler nights, good hiking boots or shoes and don’t forget the bug spray and sunscreen. Oh and don’t forget! Have that camera ready at every moment.


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