On September 24, 2011, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and its 31 Trail Clubs will be holding the first annual Family Hiking Day. The event is designed to introduce families to the Appalachian Trail and the benefits of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.
With support from REI, the ATC will be providing resources, activities and a list of family-friendly hikes. In addition, the ATC is encouraging families to submit their experiences online with the Appalachian Trail community for a chance to win prizes.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to launch this effort to get families outdoors and active on the Trail” stated Jeanne Mahoney, Volunteer Resources Coordinator of the ATC. “Hiking with your family is an adventure, and there is plenty to see and do on the A.T. Having a brief, fun hiking activity can enhance the experience for all. Whether your Trail leads to a stream, wetland, field, or forest, you will find a whole new world to explore with your senses, even if you think you already know the place well!”
For more information about Family Hike Day and resources for hiking with your family, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/FamilyHike.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.