Backpacking with Kids in Western North Carolina

Backpacking with kids in Western North Carolina is a dream! The region has vast tracts of national forest land to explore with Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest, plus it shares Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Eastern Tennessee. A long section of the world-famous Appalachian Trail also runs through the state, over 300 … Read more

Minimalist Hiking Sandals

Minimalist shoes are a type of footwear that provide a more natural experience for the feet similar to being barefoot, which is why they are also called “barefoot shoes.” There are options out there to wear minimalist shoes during all seasons (check out TMM team member’s Kristin’s post on barefoot winter boots!) This post will … Read more

Rock Climbing for Kids

A kid in pink hoodie and red helmet top rope climbs on a real rock wall outdoors.

In the past 18 months, I’ve developed an intense love (bordering on obsession) of rock climbing, both on my own and with my kids. It’s been an amazing way for me to gain strength and keep my body healthy, as well as a great way to spend time and bond with my teenager (who is … Read more

How to Stay Visible at Night

For most of their lives, my children grew up in a rural environment. This meant that most of our home-based outdoor adventures occurred in our backyard or the shared woodland behind our home. When the days grew short in the months of November-February, this often meant we were going out to play in the snow … Read more

Waterfalls in Western NC With Kids

A few adults and kids play by a waterfall

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Western North Carolina, a world of wonder awaits families seeking outdoor adventures. With its lush forests, winding trails, and an abundance of cascading waterfalls, this region of the country provides the perfect playground for kids to connect with nature. Even though I’m relatively new to the area, I’ve spent … Read more

Leggings for Hiking in Cold Weather

Title 9 Cold Killer Pants

The beauty of winter hiking is that it doesn’t require much gear to get out the door, unlike most other winter activities. But when you’re venturing out in the cold, it’s important to wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry. This post outlines our favorite leggings for hiking in cold weather. Layering up … Read more