Family Hikes for Mother’s Day in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas hikingDon’t forget that Mother’s Day is this Sunday! If you’re got a outdoors-loving family, be sure to stop by Uncle Sam’s and get her a great present to show your appreciation for putting up with your crazy outdoor adventures.

In any case, make sure to take your mom out to do something she enjoys this weekend. If hiking is her thing, try out one of these local hikes that are great for families. We’ve assembled a list that’s appropriate for families of all ages.

Hikes for Families with Small Children or Limited Mobility

You’re going to want to stick to paved areas so you can bring along your stroller or wheelchair but that doesn’t mean you can’t get close to nature! Try one of the trails within Fayetteville that have a 12 foot wide paved surface. Some go along wooded areas, other around parks. There’s a ton to choose from so check out this interactive map to see what’s nearby and suitable for your family.

The newer Crystal Bridges walking trails  are perfect for families with strollers — and you can get some culture along the way. Historic Van Winkle trail is also an option for the more sturdy variety of strollers. A gravel paved trail down in a gully off of highway 12 in the Hobbs Conservation Area, this hike explores what was once the Van Winkle homestead and mill. The shorter Ozark Plateau trail is also a great option for families with limited mobility members as it meets ADA guidelines. You can find out more about Hobbs Conservation Area trails in this brochure. Battlefield Trail in Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is also a great option with interpretive signs where you can learn together about the Civil War battle fought on the site.

School-aged Appropriate Family Hikes

In the same brochure from Hobbs Conservation Area, you can find out information about the Shaddox Hollow Trail that’s just right for beginning hikers and school children. It’s 1.5 miles long so you’ll want to bring along a snack and some water for your family and some bug repellant since it’s an in-the-woods hike. Sinking Stream Trail is also an option but involves an incline and is suitable for older children who are closer to middle school aged. In Fayetteville, you can try the nature trails around Lake Fayetteville or the trail around Lake Wilson. These trails are rocky terrain not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs but are great for learning about plants and animals, so bring your flower or bird book.

Hikes for Adult Families

Hiking once everyone can carry their own gear becomes a whole adventure into itself. If you’re looking for a long or overnight hike, there are thousands of options in the area. For something close to home, try the Lake Wedington trail west of Fayetteville on highway 16. You can rent a campsite for an overnight stay and explore the 14 miles of trail that surrounds the lake. Pigeon Roost Trail is 8.5 miles long and Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail is 24 miles, both in Hobbs Conservation Area. They make great options for overnight camping. And don’t forget the Ozark Highlands Trail, which has a large selection of camping sites and access points!

From our outdoor gear head family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful, fun, and nature filled Mother’s Day!

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