HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (Sept. 14, 2017) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites family members young and old to lace up their hiking shoes for the seventh annual Family Hiking Day on Saturday, Sept. 30. Celebrating National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, Family Hiking Day was developed by the ATC to encourage people of all ages and experience levels to visit the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and enjoy a day of outdoor activity, as well as to see the valuable role that the A.T. plays in communities from Georgia to Maine.
Planning an A.T. family hike might be easier than you think, with dozens of easily accessible trailheads along the entire length of the Trail.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to host Family Hiking Day,” said Ron Tipton, President & CEO of the ATC. “Hiking on the A.T. has great benefits to our physical and mental well-being and gives people a chance to connect with their families. Family Hiking Day is a great opportunity to engage families with the outdoors and encourage them to explore their local A.T. section.”
A.T. Volunteer Clubs, designated A.T. Communities and other partner organizations are celebrating the event by hosting kid-friendly hikes on local sections of the Trail, many of which are within a two-hour drive of major cities. Other events include Leave No Trace workshops, games and trail cleanups.
Participants in these events, as well as all those who visit the A.T. with their families during the weekend of Sept. 30, are also invited to share their Family Hiking Day experiences for a chance to win one of four Osprey daypacks. Photos and videos shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ATFamilyHike will be automatically entered into the contest. Winners will be announced by mid-October.
To find a Family Hiking Day event near you or for resources on planning your own family hike, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/FamilyHikingDay2017.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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 appalachiantrail.org.
Media Contact: Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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