Inspiring families to travel outdoors and enjoy what our planet Earth has to offer. 

Inspiring families to travel outdoors and enjoy what our planet Earth has to offer. 

Welcome to The Walking Mermaid

The Walking Mermaid is an outdoor family travel blog. It is focused on inspiring other families to disconnect from their daily lives and to reconnect through nature. My blog shares a variety of blog posts and guides to help your family get outdoors and plan your trips safely. I also share gear reviews to help you explore with the best gear and products out there that we personally tested, trust, and love.

Unlike most family travel blogs, I also like to share blogging tips to help other outdoor bloggers get their journey. I highly believe that when we work together we can accomplish many things. I hope that through my tips and resources other bloggers can inspire other families to travel outdoors too.

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Hi there, I'm Jessica!

I am the story teller behind The Walking Mermaid. I am a wife and mother to two beautiful girls. A coffee addict and wine lover. I also have a huge love for the mountains and the the ocean. Through my blog I hope to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. My goal is to create family friendly outdoor travel guides to share with you. This way you can safely explore outdoors with your own family and even visit the places I’ve been to.

I am currently based out of the state of Tennessee. I love to explore through the southeast of the United States. It has a lot to offer but so does our entire country. Our main goal as a family is to travel to all 50 states and even the world if the opportunity presents itself.

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This planner includes packing lists, itinerary, camp planning, meal planning, hiking planning, & much more. You will also receive full access to our “Resource Library” created only for our TWM Tribe Members. By subscribing to our email list you will receive a variety of outdoor activities, camping and hiking resources, and  much more. These resources will be sent directly to your inbox. Best of all you will have full access to the Resource Library at any time. My goal with this is to create special freebies just for my Tribe members. One of our favorite resources so far is this Fun Camping Scavenger Hunt For Kids. It is created for kids of all ages from toddler age and up. These activities also helps keep your little ones entertained.

Latest on the blog!

A mom and her daughters hiking in Tennessee.

Best Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Moms and Women

As a mom who loves to spend life outdoors, I love receiving gifts that will fuel my hobbies. However, not everyone knows what exactly an outdoorsy mom would love to receive. In this gift guide I want to share the best gift ideas for outdoorsy moms and all women out there that love to adventure in the great outdoors. I will be covering gifts ideas for hikers, backpackers, and campers.

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a family driving down a road during a family road trip

How to Perfectly Plan a Family Road Trip – Free Road Trip Planner Included

Oh how we love to go on family road trips. They can be so much fun. From taking fun stops along the way, trying out new foods, and exploring new destinations, you are for sure to have a memorable time. However, planning for a road trip may not be so fun. It can even be a bit overwhelming. Where to go? What’s the best route to take? What should I pack? Well in this guide you will learn how to plan for a road trip, what to pack, how to budget, and so much more.

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Waterfall at Monte Sano State Park

Guide to Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, Alabama

Monte Sano State Park is located in north Alabama in the city of Huntsville. It provides a variety of hiking trails, camping, mountain views, and much more. In this guide I will be going over all the best things to do, best hiking trails to do with your family, places to visit, and more. I will also include our favorite places to go to around Huntsville, Alabama that are outside of Monte Sano State Park.

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waterfall at alum hollow trail at green mountain nature preserve

Hiking Alum Hollow Trail in Huntsville, Alabama

After having lived in Huntsville for almost 10 years, I never knew of any flowing waterfalls. Monte Sano had one small one that looked alright after heavy rain but nothing free flowing all year round. I made it a mission this summer to seek out a waterfall. I just knew that with all of the mountains, rivers, creeks, and streams, there had to be something, even if it was a small waterfall. Off I went with my family to Alum Hollow Trail to seek out what I found to be a small Nature Preserve with a not so well known waterfall hike.

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