85 fun and interesting hikes chosen for children ages 10 and underMost outings are less than 5 miles and have less than 1000 feet of elevation gainIncludes activities to keep kids engaged on the trailThe mother of three young children, Kathy Schrenk formed a social media group for parents who wanted to join her and her kids on hikes around St. Louis. A few years later, that group has nearly 2000 active members. Kathy clearly tapped into an interest and enthusiasm for family hiking, which she has now captured in her new book Best Hikes with Kids: St. Louis & Beyond.The St. Louis guide is divided into four sections: in and around the city of St. Louis; destinations in nearby Illinois; trails in northwest St. Louis County; and locales farther south, including a variety of state parks and conservation areas. The hike descriptions point out things of interest to kids such as unique geology (caves and sinkholes), places for a quick splash in a creek, or spots to go on the hunt for lizards. Parents will appreciate cautions about sharp drop-offs or tips for potty time on the trail.Other features of the guide include:Tips and strategies for hiking with kids—how to motivate them, what’s appropriate for different ages, sidebars with games, nature facts, and moreDirect and accurate driving directions and notes on public transit options where available“Best of” lists highlight groups of top 5 hikes with special features to help parents select trips their kids will enjoyAccess details including GPS trailhead coordinates and info on permits, fees, and other infoNotes about barrier-free or ADA-accessible trails and suitability for jogging strollersFull color photos throughout and detailed maps
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Kathy Schrenk is a mom, writer, and hiker in St. Louis. She had a tremendous amount of fun researching and writing Best Hikes with Kids St. Louis and Beyond and is glad her family still likes to hike with her.