Hiking is a great way to expose your kids to the incredible world of the great outdoors. Science proves that hiking with your kids from a young age can positively affect both their mental and physical health, but since we all know hiking with kids is no walk in the park, we’re here to help. Here’s a list of 3 family-friendly hikes to get you going in the right direction.
Presque Isle is the perfect playground for parents and kids alike. The two-mile loop offers shaded, grassy areas, pebble beaches with shoreline access, and a massive surface of igneous rock that dates back to 1.7 billion years. The South east end of the park has picnic tables, and charcoal grills, making Presque the perfect spot to stop for a snack or late lunch. And if you don’t have time to walk the whole loop, you can pack up your car and park it almost anywhere along Peter White Drive.
Sugarloaf Mountain may seem a bit more difficult, but it is definitely a family-friendly hike. You’ll see from the parking lot that there are two different routes you can go—difficult, and easy. The ‘difficult’ will take you to the top in about 15 minutes, and is a bit steeper, but it is do-able. Whereas the easy route will last a little longer but the terrain is tamer. Although, no matter which way you choose to go, the incredible view from the top will make it worth your while.
Morgan Falls, or “unnamed Morgan Falls” is one of the most accessible waterfalls in Marquette. Although you can drive most of the way there, the road can get pretty rough, and a bigger vehicle with 4-wd is your best bet. From the ‘parking lot’ (wider open area of road), you’ll see a sign for the ‘Carp Eh Diem’ trail, along with a staircase and bridge, which the creek pretty much runs directly under.