We picked a place only 30 minutes away as an easy and safe first try which meant we had a lot of time to set-up, find the playground and bathrooms (and convince Lucy to try them) and then head down to the river to play. After they were sufficiently soaked, we headed back for some hotdogs and s'mores.
The kids took their task of collecting kindling very seriously.
Our one issues was that both kids wanted to roast things themselves but were (rightlyfully) scared of the fire. So they either stood too far away to actually roast anything or they insisted on climbing on my lap to roast. We made it work though.
Turns out, the only river you see are at a couple of kinda scenic viewpoints and there really wasn't even good logs or rocks to sit on. Frankly, it was a really boring hike. We did find a turtle though!
And we made it, Lucy only wanted to be carried the last 30 minutes or so. Jonah mostly rode in the boba or was carried. He was hiking just fine but his stopping to pick up every single acorn was slowing down our already pretty slow pace. It took us about 3 hours to finish! I'm not sure we will attempt another hike over 2 miles for a little while, unless we know there is something fun to motivate the kids maybe, but I'm glad we tried it and it didn't kill us.