Back in June, I took a hike at the park with a group of summer campers. They enjoyed the trail and were amazed at the view of Stone Mountain.
Family Style: Nature at Night
Family Time: Every Friday in July
Family Spot: Red Top Mountain State Park
Family Price: $5/parking
Family Style: First Saturday Hikes
Family Time: Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Family Spot: Elachee Nature Science Center
Family Cost: Adults, $5; Ages 2-12, $3; Under age 2 and Elachee members free.
Family Style: Arbor Day in the Park
Family Time: Saturday, February 19 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Family Spot: Reed Bingham State Park, 542 Reed Bingham Road, Adel, Ga
Family Price: $5 parking
Family Style: Hiking
Family Time: Sunrise to sunset, seven days a week
Family Spot: Big Trees Forest Preserve, 7645 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, Ga
Family Price: Free, donations are appreciated
Big Trees Forest Preserve is the perfect place for family hiking. The trails are well managed and easy to follow. There are places to sit for resting or for observing the communion of trees and wildlife.
Along the trails, we found lots of towering, huggable trees. There are a few wooden bridges standing over flowing waters that make their own soothing music. Many of the trees are labeled and could be used as props, along with birds nests that are nestled high above the forest floor, in a nature version of “I Spy”.
Both young and older children can stay in tuned to the nature network by taking notice to the varying bird calls, the mammoth size tree that has fallen across the path and giant rocks that line the trail.