Hike it, baby! Families encouraged to get out and go hiking

Hike it Baby began when Shanti Hodges, a young mother in Portland, Oregon joined a young mother’s group at her local hospital in 2013. She thought it would be more fun to be outside of the hospital on a hike and suggested they all meet the next week for a hike.

And it took off through social media. “Our goal is to get babies on trail,” she told an Oregon radio station, describing Hike it Baby as “a platform to bring families together.”

The website has challenges, like 30 miles in 30 days, and 30 minutes outside every day and offers advice on equipment from backpacks to strollers.

The rule is that no one is left behind, so the hike can take a lot longer than it might if you were going alone. But it would not be as much fun alone, members say.

North Carolina now has two Hike it Baby chapters offering free hikes, weekly in the Asheville and Durham areas. Hike it Baby uses social media to connect parents and babies with the outdoors.

On June 6, 2015, National Trails Day, another hike is planned for Daniel Ridge Falls & Loop Trail in Pisgah National Forest. The Asheville group plans a hike on this beautiful creek side trail May 28 from 9:30 to 1 p.m.

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