Most Popular Posts: Hikes near Waterfalls, Children’s Backpack Weight, and Other Favorite Topics

In a bit of spring cleaning, I recently realized that I didn’t share the top posts of the past year as I usually do in January. It’s an interesting list, so even though it’s belated, here are the Great Kids, Great Outdoors highlights of 2013: the posts that were read and shared most widely.

Top 10 posts written in 2013:
1. 11 Great Family Hikes Near Waterfalls, Rivers, and Lakes

2. How Heavy Should My Child's Backpack Be?

3. Upcoming Maple Syrup Festivals, Tours, and Children's Events
(Out of date now, of course, but it might give you ideas for next year.)

4. Snow Science: Fun Ways to Explore Snowflakes with Kids

5. How to Poop Anywhere, for Newly Potty-Trained Kids

6. Cool Plants for Kids: 8 that Explode, Eat Bugs, or Stick to You

7. Philadelphia for Families: 5 Great Hiking, Biking, and Paddling Spots

8. Family-Friendly Campgrounds with Waterfront Boat Rentals

9. Teaching Kids How to Avoid Getting Lost, and What to Do If It Happens

10. Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Top posts from previous years:

8 Classic Fall Hikes and Rambles with Kids in the White Mountains

Teaching Kids Cross-Country Skiing

10 Great Appalachian Trail Hikes with Kids 

Signing My "Fairy Princess" Up for Soccer, Perhaps Too Soon

Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure

10 Fun Fall Activities with Kids

Simple Winter Tree Activities for Kids

12 Great Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

Gift Ideas for Outdoor Families

Early-Season Family Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley

Photo of a girl in Acadia National Park in Maine by Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Great Kids, Great Outdoors is an Appalachian Mountain Club blog, written by Heather Stephenson.