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A successful hike with kids starts by making the outing an adventure. You can look for discoveries along the way by bringing a magnifying glass and stopping frequently to view what the forest has to offer. Teach kids to be good observers by looking for signs of wildlife such as claw scratches on tree trunks, bird holes in dead trees or animal tracks. When choosing a trail to hike, pick one with features that interest kids as destinations or turnaround spots such as vistas, streams, or waterfalls. Also, make sure to put yourself in their boots. Their legs are shorter than yours and take many more steps during the hike. You should let the kids set the pace and call for rest stops before they ask for them.