Let’s Get Hiking!

A trail guide for parents and kids looking for family-friendly walks and hikes in Greater Lowell

By Tessa D'Ippolito, Publisher October 21, 2023

Hikes and walks are wonderful ways to spend time together as a family and a perfect opportunity to get kids connected to the outdoors! Fresh air, nature, exercise, family… a perfect combination for creating beautiful memories!

Safety First - Preparation is Key!

What to bring: Depending on the extent of the walk or hike plan to bring a backpack with first-aid kit, water and snacks! A whistle, map, compass, flashlight, matches, Swiss Army style knife as well as daily medication may prove necessary. Better safe than sorry!  Also consider items that will help interact with nature such as binoculars, bug catcher, plant and bird identification guides, magnifying glass, paper and pencil.

What to wear: Appropriate clothing is key and non-cotton layers (sythetics, wool, fleece) work best. Pack a rain parka, warmer jacket gloves and hat as needed. Sturdy comfortable footwear is a must. Be sure to apply sunscreen as well as bug repellant as needed.

Remember: Always remember “carry in / carry out” and be sure to check thoroughly for ticks when you get home.

Hiking with Toddlers: See our 11 Tips on Hiking with Toddlers

Want added fun: Take The Kids On An Adventure With Our Free Fall Scavenger Hunt

Hiking with children is important: Read 50 Ways forests and outdoor learning experiences benefit children

Have a favorite local hiking ground that we missed?  Let me know at

How: Click link to find location, trail maps and more. All trails are free unless otherwise noted.




Dracut Open Space Committee (link includes information on the following properties)

  • Cross Road and Rifle Range
  • Dunlap Sanctuary
  • East Richardson Preserve
  • Dennis P. McNamara Way
  • Long Pond
  • Lowell, Dracut, Tyngsboro State Forest
  • Nickel Mine Conservation
  • Dracut Land Trust
  • Proprietors’ Way








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