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I am an active mom of three boys. To keep us healthy and spend quality time together we love to get out into our surrounding area by hiking. With mountains, forest and varied coastlines New England has so much to offer. I am so excited to partner with Nestlé® Pure Life® water which is filtered through a 12-step quality process and contains unique added minerals, to share my top ten New England hikes for families. Be sure to keep an eye out for their newly designed packaging relaunching in the middle of this month. Whether you want a long hike in the woods or a short hike along the ocean, you can find a perfect hike to meet your family’s needs.
My Family’s Favorite New England Hikes
1. Purgatory Chasm, Sutton, Massachusetts
This is definitely my boys’ favorite and the hike that they ask to repeat over and over. They love that it can involve a fair amount of bouldering! If you aren’t up for the thrill of that, you can scramble over the bottom of the gully. This hike may be scary or too difficult for small kids.
2. Kent’s Point, Orleans, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod has some of our best shoreline and this 1.5 mile easy hike will take you by it, as well as on a pond. If you are lucky that day you can also spot a great blue heron.
3. Lonesome Lake, Lincoln, New Hampshire
This is a full day hike up to an ATP cabin where you can enjoy lunch on top of the mountain with a gorgeous view of Lonesome Lake. I especially enjoy the beauty of the marshes along the lake.
4. Stepping Stone Falls, Arcadia Management Area, Rhode Island
Although this hike can be tricky to find, the small continuous falls along this short hike are a perfect place to take small kids to interact with nature.
5. Flume Gorge, Lincoln, New Hampshire
Covered bridges, caves for exploring, waterfalls and mountain views all found along a natural chasm- the perfect recipe for a New Hampshire family day in nature.
6. Elmore Mountain, Elmore, Vermont
A 4.4 mile moderate hike ending in a climb up a fire tower for spectacular views of Vermont’s scenery.
7. Talcott Mountain, Simsbury, Connecticut
Climbing up the tower at Talcott provides one of my favorite views of New England in the fall. You can see all the way into Massachusetts from the top.
8. Tumbledown Mountain, Franklin County, Maine
We are big fans of the granite stone walls and coniferous beauty of western Maine. This spectacular full day hike will give you an overview of all of what this area of New England has to offer.
9. Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, Rhode Island
As the name implies you can catch a glimpse of some unique bird species, but this family-friendly hike also ends with a view of Second Beach in Newport. It is a great blend of forest, wild life and coastline.
10. Cadillac Mountain Summit Path, Acadia National Park, Maine
This US National Park is one of my favorites and the view from this short paved path is unbelievable, so it tops my list!
Mom tip: Always keep a Nestlé Pure Life water 35 pack in the trunk of your car so you are prepared when your kids are thirsty. In my family a thirsty kid is a cranky kid and it is important for me to keep us healthy so we can keep moving. I also find if we don’t have great-tasting drinks like Nestlé Pure Life water around, we are more likely to make a bad decision on what to drink when we feel desperately thirsty.
The 35 pack is only available in Walmart stores, at the same price as the 32 pack, which is available online. If you find that this product is not available in your Walmart, be sure to let them know that you want them to add it to their stock.
What are your favorite New England Hikes? Be Sure to let me know in the comments.
For more New Hampshire hikes, be sure to read 5 Scenic Family Hikes Around Lincoln, New Hampshire or for more information on the area check out A Local’s Guide to New England.