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Take a Hike in Forest Park

Makenzie and Ayden find a tree to relax in!
Makenzie and Ayden find a tree to relax in!

My family is very lucky to have Forest Park in our backyard. The park is one of the largest municipal parks in the country and offers endless opportunities for fun. The park changes with the seasons, giving us something a little different every time we visit. 

The day after Halloween, I headed into the Park with my kids and picked up a few more from the neighborhood. We stomped right onto the trails which can be accessed from a trailhead near the baseball fields or from the lower duck pond area. The leaves had fallen, so we could crunch through piles and see the entire forest ahead of us. 

The trails are not well marked, but they are well worn. It's impossible to get lost in Forest Park. This trail network gives kids a chance to blaze a trail, slosh though streams, turn over logs, pick up slugs and frogs and look for wildlife. Inevitably the trails lead you to a road or a sidewalk where you can re-join the more civilized walkers and joggers. 

This time of year, my kids especially like to hike in the park after school and watch the Bright Nights crew turn on the lights. There's always something special about seeing the lights go on at dusk and then scooting out before the park closes for the car only event.

Winter in the park will be here soon and we will be sledding, hiking and playing in the snow. Every season is the perfect season to be in Forest Park. We hope to see you on the trails! 

Ayden find the perfect spot to relax after a long hike!
Ayden find the perfect spot to relax after a long hike!
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