When we are camping, we like to hike and look around. This picture was taken at the bottom of a trail in Shenandoah National Park. Hiking with kids requires some modifications in your schedule, but is extremely rewarding. On this day, our kids got to see several waterfalls, and some terrain that we cannot quite see at home.
The modifications that are required are simple. Don’t have a schedule, and pack snacks. Everyone carries a backpack except the three year old with a snack of their choice, then we share. They also carry their own water, and I carry extra water plus a filter (just in case). Our kids like Oreos, and they seem to hold up well in a cushioned backpack (at least they do not melt).
These are all things that you can start at home. We often take walks at home, and will have them carry packs to practice. Our three year old can do about 3-4 miles, depending upon terrain.
The other thing is to not have a schedule. Kids love to look at stuff, and time needs to be made for this. Brandon (our three year old) will stop and pick up rocks, inspect them, and carry them for awhile. Overalls can be great, as they have good pockets.
In all, just remember to be willing to be slower, don’t have a specific schedule, and let the kids be kids. They will have more fun, and isn’t that the point?