More trails to blaze with Kids in Parks

With its cooler days and colorful foliage, fall is an ideal time to hike one of the Kids in Parks TRACK Trails. Now there are even more to explore. Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation just added trails at Mount Mitchell State Park (off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 355), Shenandoah National Park, and Prairie Ridge EcoStation in Raleigh, North Carolina.

At Mount Mitchell, the hike starts at the upper summit parking lot. From there, hikers can quickly reach the top of Mount Mitchell or explore the trails that cut through some of the most unique habitat in the Southeastern United States. The peak is the highest point east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet. The temperature is often lower at this elevation, so bring layers of clothing.

Fox Hollow Trail in Shenandoah National Park is now outfitted with guides that lead hikers through the woods to discover the remains of the historic Fox family homestead. There are also Kids in Parks activity guides at Limberlost and Blackrock Summit trails.

The Prairie Ridge EcoStation TRACK Trail is an easy half-mile route that meanders through a variety of habitats including bottomland forest and prairie grassland. A diversity of plants, animals, and other life can be found among the myriad habitats, including a pond and stream.

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