4 Kid-Friendly Activities at the Big South Fork

Kids thrive when they have something fun to look forward to while on vacation. So sit back, relax, and let us help you find the best kid-friendly activities at the Big South Fork that you and your family can enjoy on your next trip into the forest:

child taking a photo in the woods

1. Become a Junior Ranger

Kids love anything that makes them feel involved and proud of their accomplishments. Most national parks, including the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, have a Junior Ranger program for kids of all ages to enjoy. Simply pick up your Junior Ranger Booklet at one of the visitor centers within the park and complete the tasks within the booklet. Activities don’t take too long and encourage your children to interact with the park through games, activities, and stories.

Turn in the completed booklet to a park ranger and receive a Junior Ranger badge! Your kids will be so excited to accomplish the tasks and it will help them understand more about all of the beauty within the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

child with parent getting ready for a kid-friendly hike in the mountains

2. Take a Kid-Friendly Hike

Over 150 miles of marked trails await you in this hiker’s paradise. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the trail and give your little ones a backpack and something to carry to help them feel included in the hike. You’ll find a wide variety of trails that range in difficulty from easy to difficult.

A good introductory hike for kids is the Bandy Creek Loop that is an easy 1.3 miles. For those older kids, consider the Split Bow Arch trail that is 1.3 miles round trip or the Gentleman’s Swimming Hole which is a moderate 0.4-mile hike with a swimming hole at the end.

kid-friendly treehouse for vacation

3. Experience Cabin Life

There are plenty of quiet cabins that await you at Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat! These cabins range in size and architecture, but they all are big on relaxation. Some of the best cabins in the area feature kid-focused amenities including a foosball table, fire pits for plenty of s’ mores, and even one with a treehouse in the back! Slowing down, taking the time to play board games, and taking a break from a busy life are some of our customers’ favorite parts of staying at Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat.

Geocaching at the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

4. Hunt for Geocaches

Geocaches are hidden treasures that include a log book or even small trinkets that you can swap with your own treasures. This unique family activity combines a bit of sleuthing, adventure, and map reading! There are many geocaches hidden all over the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area that are perfect for young ones to find. Learn more about Geocaching online and how to download the app for easy hunting.

These are just a few of the many kid-friendly activities that are awaiting you and your family at the Big South Fork. Which one would your children choose to do first?