Keep the family healthy this holiday season with a nature walk or hike! Spending time together outside is a great alternative to indoor gatherings. Learn about child and parent approved trails from these local families!
Favorite outdoor place to visit as a family: Picking a favorite park was a hard choice. In the summer, we love to hike at Seward Bluffs, because the kids love to explore the creeks and climb the big hills. We also really love Blackhawk Springs. In the fall, we love Oak Ridge and Rock Cut for the prairies and diverse forests.
Reason why: For our family it’s a hike, but it’s also so much more than that. We also venture into the woods to facilitate adventure, relieve stress, seek solace, connect to ourselves, to each other, and find harmony among the elements of nature. Sugar River offers us all these coveted aspects; with the trails running along a serene river, walking paths that loop into hills, and towering trees that feel like guardians, protection. It’s the feeling of a refuge. A retreat.
Last time we were there, we paused along the river and took a moment to breathe it all in.
The presence of the forest felt so sacred. I couldn’t help but to take it to a spiritual space: I was born to the earth, I belong to the earth, and I trust that the earth will always provide for and support all of us.
Sugar River always gives us what we need!