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Things To Remember When Hiking With Kids

By the Reynolds Mansion, Your Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast

As a recreational pursuit, hiking has few equals. It is healthy, great exercise, allows you to commune with nature, and it’s free. And to top it all off, it could be a fantastic family outing. You can teach your kids at a very young age to appreciate nature and the importance of hiking as a lifetime activity. But before taking a hike with the kids, stop and consider a few factors that may help make sure that the outing is delightful for all parties involved.

Most importantly, you should always shield your youngsters. One of the risks which slips past many moms and pops is skin damage from the sun. Always lather your little ones up with an acceptable SPF sun screen to avoid a burn.  You might also consider buying kids wear that has built-in sun protection.

If you’re going to be carrying a kid on the hike, it is very important to find a light and snug baby carrier. There is nothing worse than being unhappy when you’re meant to be enjoying a hike.

Before leaving on your journey, check the small ones’ shoes to confirm that they fit well and are cozy.  Keep in mind that children grow very quickly so if you have not been on a hike in some time, they made have outgrown their walking shoes.

Be prepared to keep your kid engaged in the hike. Shop around the web for interactive hiking kits. These are guaranteed to keep youngsters excited while learning a good deal in a hiking trip. Ultimately, remember to bring lots of food and drinks. Hot, hungry children can be more than a little cranky and it’s always best to be prepared. If you adore hiking, think about making it a family activity.

Most families spend very little time together and a lot of time inside. Enjoy the outdoors and start hiking!

Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains, and book your stay in Asheville with us at the Reynolds Mansion.  We’re a top rated Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast with great access to hiking in the Asheville area.

Blue Ridge Mountain Hiking On The Appalachian Trail

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The passing of the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Appalachian Trail through the Blue Ridge Mountain Host Area provides 2 different types of access to this beautiful destination. The Parkway makes it easy for motorists to explore all that this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer . For the adventurist, there is The Appalachian Trail. The “A.T.,” as it is called by hikers, is much more than merely a path thru the woods. It’s a countrywide pretty trail, part of the same national park system that includes Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Great Hazy Mountains. Its official name is the Appalachian State Breathtaking Trail. However unlike those famous parks, it is not a concentrated preserve, with campgrounds and paths within its bounds.

As the longest, skinniest part of America’s national park system, the A.T. Stretches over fourteen different states and passes through more than 60 Fed, state, and local parks and forests. Hundreds of roads cross it. In some pieces, the Trail “corridor” is only a few hundred feet wide. In the Blue Ridge Mountain Host area, The Appalachian Trail passes from one end of Madison County to the other with many access points, giving day hikers a great opportunity to walk short segments of the trail. As it winds itself thru Madison County it passes through the picturesque town of Hot Springs, home of Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Visitors can pick up the A.T. Here and hike north or south for as far as they would like – and then return to this relaxed hamlet to unwind under the stars with a calming mineral bath along the banks of the French Broad River.

A popular destination on the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs is Max Patch Mountain, a 350-acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360-degree perspectives. On a clear day visitors can see to Mt. Mitchell on the east, and to the Great Hazy Mountains on the south. A perfect place for a picnic, flying a kite, star gazing and enjoying wildflowers.

In addition to hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Hot Springs area offers other outside activities like whitewater rafting. In and around Hot Springs are “put-ins” and “take-outs” for the French Broad River. Outfitters like French Broad Rafting Expeditions, Huck Finn Rafting Journeys, Nantahala Outdoor Center and USA Raft offer guided brook trips and outfitter buying the out of doors experience. After a day of adventure, visitors can turn in at one of many camping sites, cabins, cottages, or bed and breakfast inns the area has to offer.

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Whitewater Rafting in Asheville, NC

The French Broad River is the closest outfitter for whitewater rafting near Asheville, North Carolina, just 22 miles northwest of Asheville near Marshall, NC.

You can select from a variety of white water and float trips on the beautiful and historic French Broad River. Just select a river trip to suit your group and schedule. You can do a half day of whitewater rafting, which is an average of 5 miles of class II-III rapids and amazing scenery. Whitewater rafting half-day morning trips usually include a fresh deli-style lunch. All-day white water rafting on the French Broad River gives you 8 miles to enjoy the rapids and mountain scenery of beautiful North Carolina along with a fresh deli-style lunch and a fun class IV rapid. The minimum age is 8. Families with young children can choose a more serene float, and the minimum age is 4.

When water levels permit, adventurers have the option of paddling inflatable kayaks or your own raft. In the calm pools between rapids, your guide will teach you about the natural and human history of this ancient river corridor. When you book your trip, your outfitter will provide all equipment necessary in connection with the river.

Before your trip, you must sign a waiver, and you can change clothes and do a check for anything you need: companions, cameras, shoes, river, sun cream, sunglasses, etc. You will attend a short talk about gear (helmets, PFDs, paddles, etc.), procedures, and the logistics of the journey on the river itself. When all questions have been answered and your equipment is checked to be a good fit, it’s time to load buses and head to your whitewater or calm water float trip on the beautiful French Broad River, home to some of the best North Carolina whitewater rafting near Asheville.

North Carolina is blessed with a long whitewater rafting season. Here in the southern Appalachians, rafting trips and float trips can be booked from mid-March to early November. And unlike other cold water rivers in western NC, the French Broad River is warmer and inviting. More than just another river trip, whitewater rafting on the North Carolina French Broad River near Asheville offers an excellent combination of White Water Rapids, serene pools, beautiful landscapes, history and wildlife.

You can book your Whitewater Rafting Trip for your visit to Asheville with Blue Heron Whitewater.

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