Craving the outdoors? Need a little exercise? I’ve got just the place for you!
Madison County Nature Trail is one of our local treasures. This hiking trail offers everything a family with kids might be looking for in a beginner level hike. Let me caveat this, my family likes to brave it and we consider ourselves pretty experienced, so take note before you head out:
- I always endorse pants, good hiking shoes, plenty of water, a small first aid kit, a charged cell phone, and any other items your family may need.
- Be weather aware! It’s crazy hot outside so make sure you stay hydrated and try to complete hikes at non-peak heat times (typically morning and early evening).
- Stay on marked trails (unless you REALLY know what you are doing).
- Be realistic about your childrens’ abilities when hiking. Start small!
- Don’t hike alone. Ever.
When you enter the trail, stay to the right. There is a lovely picnic area and a porch with rockers. I love the fact that this place has clean restrooms. I know…potentially irrelevant, but it’s the little things. You’ll see a lovely lake. Youngters and seniors can fish through the week. The hiking trail circles the lake. If you have a little one who might not be able to make it through, start your hike to the left and follow the gravel road around to the bridge. Just up past the bridge is the old log cabin. Careful! There are some tricky steps, but the little ones will love this blast from the past.
If you can handle the whole trail, start off to the right, pass the lake piers and head up to the chapel! If you like to climb, there is one small rock area on the trail, but this is not a climber’s paradise. This is an easy trail to tickle the family’s hiking interest and to start off your season of exploring.