BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. (Sept. 17, 2019) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with its Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ partners and 31 Trail maintaining clubs, invites families to take a hike during the ninth annual Family Hiking Day on Saturday, September 28. Held Trail-wide on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day provides a way for visitors of all ages to experience the A.T. and all the benefits that come from spending time outdoors.
Family Hiking Day provides an opportunity for hikers of all ages and experience levels to enjoy the benefits of a day outside.
With studies showing that children spend less time outdoors each year, the ATC spearheaded Family Hiking Day to help youth, families and trailside neighbors get outside and active. Hiking is not only a good source of physical exercise, as it also provides an opportunity to create lasting memories and develop a long-lasting appreciation for protected public lands.
In Boiling Springs, the ATC’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office will be hosting a Family Hiking Day Celebration along the A.T. at Children's Lake. Three guided hikes will be offered along with outdoor activities and a special visit from Smokey Bear. Activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include the following guided hikes:
- “About That Bubble...” – Take a walk in the morning or the afternoon with geologist Mike Stefanic through the village of Boiling Springs and learn about the natural springs that feed the lake, the rock formations and “The Bubble” that gave the town its name. Register: appalachiantrail.org/bubblehike-am or appalachiantrail.org/bubblehike-pm
- Hike Hawk Rock at Your Own Pace – Discover spectacular views from atop the A.T. at Hawk Rock with Deb Takach, president of the Duncannon Outdoor Club. Take a moment at the summit to view the gorgeous Pennsylvania landscape and to search for local wildlife. Register: appalachiantrail.org/hawkrockhike
- Native or Invasive? – Take an easy stroll on A.T. with local botanist Andrew Rohrbaugh while examining local fauna. Register: appalachiantrail.org/nativeinvasivehike
All Family Hiking Day activities are free and open to the public. Space is limited for each of the guided hikes, so registration is required. For more information, contact Allison Kuzar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.258.5771.
For more Family Hiking Day activities and other A.T. events, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.
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 2,192 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 www.appalachiantrail.org.
Media Contact: Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy