Oregon April 07, 2018
10 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In Oregon That Are 1 Mile And Under
On the hunt for some Oregon trails the whole family will love? The following 10 kid-friendly hikes will lead you to picturesque beaches, stunning waterfalls, and otherworldly geological wonders. And the best part is, they are all one mile and under in total distance. Check them out for yourself:
1. Hobbit Beach Trail
Stroll through a mossy fairytale forest on the Hobbit Beach Trail. The trail goes through a tunnel before reaching Hobbit Beach. Filled with shells and small crabs, this beach is the perfect place to play.
2. Ponytail Falls
Beginning at the stunning Horsetail Falls, this 0.8-mile round trip trail is the easiest waterfall hike in the gorge.
3. Natural Arch Hike
Located in the Santiam State Forest, this one-mile trail will take you past incredible scenery and natural beauty. The natural rock arch at the end is the cherry on top.
4. Abiqua Falls
It's not hard to see why this waterfall hike is one of the most popular trails in Oregon. The 0.8-mile hike leads to jaw-dropping views.
5. Sparks Lake
This gentle one-mile loop hike winds around the gorgeous Sparks Lake. Several benches are scattered along the way, providing you with a place to kick back, relax, and take in the stunning mountain views.
6. South Falls Loop
This short and sweet trail in Silver Falls State Park offers a unique perspective, taking you behind a waterfall. It is 0.9 miles in total distance.
7. Castle Crest Wildflower Trail
Located near the rim of Crater Lake, this 0.5-mile trail meanders through one of the most vibrant wildflower displays around. Visit in late July and early August for the peak wildflower viewing.
8. Upper North Falls
Enjoy graceful cascading water with a trip to Upper North Falls. This trail is super short (0.4 miles), and is gentle enough for your kiddos.
9. Lake Marie
Located at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, this one-mile loop trail circles around the picturesque Lake Marie. The trail is accessible year-round and good for hikers of all skill levels.
10. Painted Cove Nature Trail
Travel back in time with a walk through the Painted Cove Nature Trail. This 0.2-mile hike belongs on every Oregonian's bucket list.
How many of these hikes have you done? Let us know where we can find your favorite kid-friendly hike in the comments below.
For more adventures in the Beaver State, check out our previous article:
Take This Epic Road Trip To Experience Oregon’s Great Outdoors.