Family Hiking Day

chilkoot pass

Family Hiking Day on the Appalachian Trail is WAY easier than hiking the Chilkoot Pass in the winter with gold-fevered, half-frozen crazoids.

Our friends at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) -- the caretakers of the Appalachian Trail (AT) -- come up with some of the greatest ideas to help promote and protect the AT.

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, for example, the ATC celebrates Family Hiking Day, in conjunction with other organizations that do not have my pal, Julie Judkins, on staff.

You're invited to hit the Trail with relatives, friends or your very own family.

Don't have anyone to hike with on Family Hiking Day? Pfft. No worries. You can adopt folks along the Trail! Chances are pretty good that your AT family will be a heck of a lot less screwy than your real family.

Here's more good news! Even if your kids are addicted to zapping spacemen, birds or icons named after race car drivers, there's hope!

Maybe ... just maybe ... they'll develop a love for the outdoors on Family Hiking Day.

Family Hiking Day is an opportunity to introduce your loved ones to America's treasured footpath and learn the benefits of being active outdoors.

Studies show that children are spending less time outside each year. ATC is fighting to reverse that trend. If your kids don't want to go outdoors for Family Hiking Day, blame it on the ATC.

ATC has these ingenious aids to help you plan your hike:

Enjoy a day outside on the Trail, in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

The Scoop

  • Who: You and your family, friends and random strangers
  • What: Hiking the Appalachian Trail
  • When: Saturday, September 28, 2013
  • Where: Everywhere along the AT from Maine to Georgia
  • Why: Really? Why? Really?

Contact Information

Click Here for Family Hiking Day Info

Tags: Events, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Community, and News

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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