Do you have a trip to Miller Hill planned this week? Or a Target run? If so, take a few minutes to stretch your legs in nature while exploring Web Woods. It’s a 60-acre wooded area nestled in the Duluth Heights neighborhood.
Officially dedicated as a city trail in 2012, it was named in honor of long-time local science teacher, Larry Weber. While Tim and I learned this fact from the info board at the entrance, the kids were already running down the narrow hiking path into the woods.
Five Reasons this Trail is Perfect for Younger Kiddos
- It is only ½ mile total and mostly flat.
- It is a lollipop loop, making it easy to navigate.
- There is a pond with “walk-in access” for 5-year-olds like Finley.
- There is an old tree fort high above, giving the kids an opportunity to discuss engineering and construction.
- One of the side trails (many access trails join the main trail) has a swinging bench. Always a thrill.
Walking the Path Alone, but Together
After our first loop around, Daley asked if we could do it again.
This time, from the stick of the lollipop, the kids went left and Tim and I went right. Our plan was to see where we would meet. As the trees were in their November state of bareness, we could keep an eye on the kids’ progress. Even if we couldn’t see them, we could hear them chatting with each other the entire time. Reminded me of why being outside brings out the best in their relationship.
We spent just an hour exploring this urban forest, yet its positive effects stayed with us throughout the day.
Check out the Duluth Parks and Recreation website for more information on Web Woods.
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