This post contains five family friendly hikes from Randy and Pam Golden’s book 60 Hikes within 60 Miles.
Guest Post By Randy and Pam Golden
Looking for a great adventure with your family or group? The Atlanta area has a wide range of trails that are great hikes. Here are five family friendly trails from our book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles:Atlanta, and have been selected because they can handle groups with a wide range of hiking abilities and fun nearby activities.
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Fred and Margie Phofl own Fred’s Mercantile. Stop by the backside deli for a hearty breakfast.
Although I stay at different places when I go to Beech Mountain, I tend to eat at the same restaurants. Maybe that means I’ve already discovered the best locations, or maybe it just means I’m a creature of habit. Either way, here’s the places I return to again and again when I’m vacationing at Beech Mountain.
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No matter where you stay at Beech Mountain, enjoy the Free sledding hill in the center of town (across from Klonteska Condos. (Photo credit: Amy Morrison)
What: Lodging at Beech Mountain
Where: Town of Beech Mountain, NC
Cost: Varies by date and accommodations (see websites)
Each time we go to Beech Mountain, we stay somewhere new. If there is natural snow, all the resorts offer enough room to build snowmen, have a snowball fight and generally play outside. In addition, the places listed here are participating in the Beech Mountain $99 Weekday Special and the $101 Learn to Ski Package.
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Hiking with the family is a great outdoor activity after a big meal. Amicalola State Park has living history demonstrations on Thanksgiving Day.
When the turkey has been carved, the last piece of pie has been eaten and the adults wake up from a nap, what is there to do in Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day? The answer is, a lot. So if you’re going a little stir crazy with the family in town, or you just want to get out and work off a few helpings of stuffing, here are five things you can do in Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day.
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The views from Grandfather Mountain are beautiful.
What: Hiking NC
Where: Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 | 828-733-4337
When: Between 8 am and 7 pm depending on the season, check the website before your visit
Cost: $18 Adults 13 – 59, $15 Seniors 60+, $8 Children 4-12, Under 4 Free
Photos: See the Field Trips with Sue Virtual Tour or Photos on Field Trips with Sue on Facebook
A short drive from Beech Mountain in Linville, NC is Grandfather Mountain, home to the Mile High Swinging (or Singing) Bridge. As you enter, you are given a CD that tells you about the mountain and what you are seeing. It’s a terrific guided tour and sets the stage for a day of exploring. Continue reading Grandfather Mountain NC offers hiking and more
Buckeye Lake near the Buckeye Recreation Center is also part of the Fall Trail Hiking Loop.
What: Hiking North Carolina
Where: Buckeye Recreation Center, 206 Grassy Gap Creek Rd., Beech Mountain, NC 28604 | (828) 387-3003
When: Hikes Anytime. Rec Center Hours vary by season. In the Fall Mon. – Fri.10 – 7 pm, Sat. 10 – 5 pm, Closed on Sunday
Cost: Hiking is FREE.
Buckeye Recreation Center Rates: Daily Passes start at $3. Weekly passes start at $20 and Monthly start at $40
Photos: View Field Trips with Sue’s Virtual Tour on Buckeye Recreation Area or Field Trips with Sue on Facebook
One of the most popular activities for families during a weekend at Beech Mountain is hiking. Beech Mountain has 33 miles of trails through the beautiful North Carolina high country. The Buckeye Recreation Center on Beech Mountain is a great place to get hiking information, or sign up for a guided hike. Continue reading Hiking North Carolina at Beech Mtn. Buckeye Recreation Center
The McCollough Gulch Trail covers a variety of terrain.
What: McCollough Gulch Trail
Where: County Road 851, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Length: Approximately 2.8 miles roundtrip
Directions: From Breckenridge begin at the junction of Ski Hill Rd. and Main St. Drive 7.9 miles south on CO highway 9. Turn right on County Rd. 850 and drive 0.1 mile. Take another right onto County Rd. 851. Stay left at mile 1.6. And park below the locked gate at mile 2.1.
Photos: For additional photos visit the McCollough Gulch Trail virtual tour.
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Photo from Georgia State Parks
What: Nightime Activities celebrating the Blue Moon
Where: Georgia State Parks (see each listing for specific park)
When: Throughout August
Cost: $5 parking fee at State Parks (program fees vary, see each listing)
Georgia’s State Parks are celebrating the enchantment of the “Moon and Stars” with themed nighttime events the entire month of August. The rare moon occurrence (two full moons in one month) is referred to as a “blue moon” and happens only every two and a half years. The first full moon has past (August 2), but the second full moon is on August 31.
Below are just a few examples of evening programs planned this month and include hikes, kayak and canoe tours, plus an astronomy tower open house. A full calendar is available at on the Georgia State Parks website.
For a list of planetariums and telescopes where you can get a good view of the full moon, see our post on Where to See Stars in Atlanta.
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