We Went Hiking with a Bunch of Toddlers and We Survived (AND Had Fun!)

November 16, 2016

Thank you to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) & Hike NC! for partnering with me on this post! All content and opinions are 100% my own. 馃檪聽

I was a Girl Scout growing up and have always LOVED being outdoors. Regular exercise routines have always been a struggle for me, but just getting outside and going for a walk or a hike has always been something I love. We take nightly walks after dinner as a family… and if I get a chance to be alone, I love just going for a walk and clearing my head.

One thing that I LOVE about living in North Carolina is how beautiful this state is and how close you can be to nature no matter what part of the state you live in. BCBSNC聽actually created an AWESOME site called “Hike NC!” 聽that is making it super easy for people to find a hike near them and just GET OUT and enjoy nature and the beauty around them!

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Ultimately,聽Hike NC! is an initiative that really is aimed at聽making hiking an easier, more approachable experience for people across the state. It聽is also the next step in BCBSNC鈥檚 Get Outside North Carolina (GO NC!) community program, which was created in 2012 to encourage people聽just to get outside and get active. SO important.

Even though I’ve been hiking in the mountains of NC (which is beautiful!), I love that there are some gorgeous hikes (easy, moderate, AND difficult hikes) right here in the Triangle area.

It was an absolutely GORGEOUS fall day last week, so a few girlfriends, our kids, and I met up for a picnic lunch and then hit up one of my favorite hikes in the area – Occoneechee Mountain in Hillsborough, NC! This hike is AWESOME because there are a few different trails that you can take and you can really select the one best for you. There’s a difficult hike that’s a little over three miles and really is a work out.聽I actually did a blog post on this hike four and a half years ago… haha don’t judge the old pics!!聽And there’s an easy one that was perfect for taking the kids on.

GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (3)Before we headed up the mountain, a park ranger stopped and talked to the kids about leaves. It. Was. Adorable.

The kids even got honorary Park Ranger badges! Lilly was pretty excited.

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Then we got ready to head up on our hike!聽GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (5) GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (6)

Hiking up the mountain with my babies!

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Sweet friends. <3聽GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (8)

All smiles!聽GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (9) GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (10)

On up the mountain. The easy route on the Occoneechee Mountain hike is also great because it’s gravel and open…GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (11) GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (12)

Getting to the mountain summit!!

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That view!!!! I love that this is SO close to where we live.GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (14)

On the rock overlooking the view!
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Love these sweet friends <3

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Thankful for these friends! <3聽GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (25) GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (26)

So beautiful this time of year. It’s like a painting!聽GoHikeNC Occoneechee Mountain Hillsborough Easy, Moderate, Difficult Family Hike (27)

So, if you’re in North Carolina (or planning to visit!) definitely check out Hike NC!! You can easily click “Find Your Hike” and locate different hikes near you!

What about you? Are you the outdoorsy type? Do you love to hike? Sound off in the comments below!

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Thank you to BCBSNC & Hike NC! for partnering with me on this post! All content and opinions are 100% my own. 馃檪聽