7 Great Family-Friendly Hikes Near St. Louis

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Kathy Schrenk is a firm believer that anyone can -- and should -- hike with their kids. And she's definitely done her homework. Her new book, Best Hikes with Kids: St. Louis and Beyond, published by Seattle-based Mountaineers Books this month, includes detailed information on 82 different hikes. Schrenk painstakingly researched all of them, often with her kids (ages twelve, ten and five) in tow.

For more on Schrenk, read our profile here. Or just page through this list of her top recommendations. They'll give you great insight of where to go when you're ready to get outdoors -- but not quite sure if your kids are ready to rapel down a mountain just yet.