Heading out on a hike with the family? Read this book first

"Families on Foot" by Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis
“Families on Foot” by Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis

It is going to be a perfectly beautiful weekend — a perfect weekend for going on a hike with the family.

To inspire you, take a look at “Families on Foot: Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks and National Park Adventures” by Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis ($17.95, Falcon). It’s from the American Hiking Society.

The book gives you a step-by-step guide on how to start hiking with your kids and even gives guidelines of fun things to do based on what age they are.

Perhaps some of the best information is the state-by-state directory at the back of different hikes to do. In Texas, it recommends the Summit Trail at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg and The Lone Star Hiking Trail, which covers 144 miles between Dallas and Houston in the Sam Houston National Forest.

Closer to home, we love to head out on the trails of Mayfield Park, Mary Moore Searight Park and Zilker Park behind the Austin Science & Nature Center.

Where are your favorite trails to hike with your children?

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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