There's no better time to get your children outside than the summer. Make lasting memories with your family at an exciting outdoor event in the Asheville area.

1. Blue Ridge Parkway’s “Hike of the Week”

Engage your children with our area’s rich history with a guided hike of the Craggy Gardens Trail. This Friday, the Blue Ridge Parkway’s “Hike of the Week” will take hikers to the historic trail shelter near Craggy Flats. The hike will start at the north end of the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area Parking Lot, Milepost 367.6. Bring water, wear good hiking shoes, and prepare for changeable weather. Outfit your child with one of our day packs to keep snacks and a camera handy. This event runs from 10 AM to 12 PM. Find out more information by dialing 298-5330 ext. 304.

2. Blue Ridge Parkway Family Outdoor Adventure Day

Bring the entire family for a day of outdoor activities at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Family Outdoor Adventure Day. Kids can learn orienteering from Parkway Rangers, take a nature hike, and learn about bear safety. Check out the latest in outdoor equipment as vendors will showcase their gear. Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit on hand in case of bug bites and minor injuries. Event starts this Saturday, June 25 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Milepost 384. Check out for more information.

3. Big Basswood Guided Hike at Chimney Rock

See the state’s largest basswood tree on this guided hike and learn about the special forest ecosystem of Chimney Rock Park. Lakeland Gear offers a great selection of camping tables and chairs for a post-hike picnic for you and your children. Event runs from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM on July 18th, 2011. Cost is $19 for adults, $4 for annual passholders, $9 for kids aged 6-15, and $4 for Grady’s Kids Club Members (includes Park admission for the day).

The map below gives you a look at where these events are taking place:

Teach your children about our area’s rich natural and cultural history by attending one of these events. Check out Lakeland Gear’s selection of roof top cargo boxes, hitch mounted cargo carriers and car top carriers if you need extra space to hold packs and snacks.

For more information about upcoming events in the Asheville area, check out Explore Asheville's Event Calendar.

Photo Credit: Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

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