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Kids in the Woods

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Maine is jam-packed with fun outings for adventurous families. Here we've compiled some of our favorites from outing we've done with our kids. We are constantly learning about new places to bring the family, and we want to hear about your grand adventures, too. Come on by the store and tell us your stories, or let us know about your favorite places on our Facebook page.

One small disclaimer: We know these trips work with kids because we've tried them. We are, however, very comfortable with our ability to be prepared and make good decisions in the wilderness. Depending on your knowledge and experience, it might be a very good idea for you to take courses in wilderness skills, paddling safety, or wilderness first aid. In addition to valuable information, taking classes may give you the courage to push your family's adventures to the next level. We are happy to make recommendations for local guide services.

Great for all ages. For a short excursion, take a picnic to the rocks along the Casco Bay trail. Then explore the tide pools and watch the ospreys in their nest. With more time, walk the other easy trails through the forest to the cliffs above the Harraseeket River. WNSP is also great for beginner-friendly snowshoeing in the winter.

Wolfe's Neck State Park - Mini Adventure

We've had excellent trips to both the Flagstaff Lake Hut and the Grand Falls Hut. We prefer to go during caretaker season when prices are lower and the huts are far less crowded. One hint: Aim for a June trip on the last weekend before full-service season. You'll get great weather along with a nearly-empty hut. The kids love having the run of the place, and sleeping in bunk beds is always exciting. The Flagstaff Lake Hut is accessed by a flat 1.8-mile trail and it features a nice swimming area and good paddling. One time we even paddled a couple miles and arrived at the hut by canoe. The Grand Falls hut is a slightly-longer hike in (2+ miles). From the hut you can hike to Grand Falls, which is an exciting waterfall with great places to play in the river. We've done these trips with kids ages 3 to 11.

Maine Huts & Trails - Epic Adventure

If you and your kids are feeling comfortable on the water and ready for a bigger trip, try camping on Students Island. It's a totally manageable 15-minute canoe trip to the island. Once there you'll feel like you've traveled deep into the wilderness. There's lots of fun to be had right there on the island, or you could take short trips back to shore to play on the sandy beach.  We did it with kids ages 3 to 11.

Stephen Phillips Memorial Preserve - Epic Adventure 

Bradbury Mountain is a wonderful spot that is treasured by the locals. There's a short hike to the top of a small mountain that has surprisingly good views. It's the perfect place to introduce kids to hiking. You'll find wooded trails that lead up to an exposed peak with great rock-hopping opportunities. Even the toddler crowd can get to the peak with little adult help. This state park also has some good trails to introduce young kids to mountain biking. Great for all ages.

Bradbury Mountain State Park - Mini Adventure

This trip is especially good in the winter. The wonderful people at Maine Forest Yurts will take most of your stuff into the yurt by snowmobile, so you can just focus on moving your crew along the 1 mile path on foot/snowshoe/ski. None of our kids had skied before, so we snowshoed in with the youngest in a backpack. We brought along skis and were amazed at how much everyone enjoyed learning to ski right there beside the yurt. The inside was perfectly comfortable for the six of us, with a warm fire and clean (but very cold) outhouse just outside the door of the yurt. Book early because the yurts fill up fast. We did it with kids ages 3 to 11.

Maine Forest Yurts - Big Adventure

This one requires some time commitment if you are coming from Southern Maine, but you can find big adventure with minimal effort here. Camp at Lily Bay State Park, then drive to Rockwood where you can catch a small ferry to the island in the middle of Moosehead Lake. The lake is notoriously choppy, so the ferry ride can be a thrill all by itself. Once on the island, the hike to the peak of Mt. Kineo is totally achievable for young hikers, and the views are worth it. We did this with kids 9 to 11, but it's within reach of the younger crowd, too.

Mt. Kineo - Big Adventure