Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trail Discovery for Kids

Highlighted Hike
River Trail
Washington, DC
 Hike Information
ü  The River trail is wide and flat. It is 1.4 miles out and back.
ü  The trail surface is a mix of gravel and mowed grass. It is stroller-friendly (bigger wheels will work best).
ü  The trail follows a peninsula of land with the Anacostia River on one side and the Kenilworth Marsh on the opposite.
ü  Link to the trail map.
 Age Appropriateness
ü  This hike is great for all ages but in particular toddlers and preschoolers. The trail is a fantastic introduction to hiking and nature.
 What is fun for kids?
ü  July is the best month to go because all the water lilies and lotus flowers are in bloom. It is beautiful!
ü  Having the kids choose which path they want to follow around the many ponds.
ü  Walking the boardwalk to the river.
ü  Riverside access to the Anacostia.
ü  Seeing wildlife – many types of butterflies and dragonflies, bull and green frogs, painted, red-eared and snapping turtles, deer, beaver and a lot of birds.
ü  Small visitor center to educate about marshes.
ü  Great place for nature photography.
ü  Picnic tables in the shade!
ü  Hot, hot, hot in the summer! The River Trail is mostly shaded but not the boardwalk or ponds.
ü  Park is open from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.

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