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Suches hosting guided AT hike Sat. as part of Family Hiking Day

By Ken Stanford Reporter
HARPERS FERRY, WV - On Saturday, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with it's Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community partners and 31 Trail maintaining clubs, invites families to take a hike on the A.T. during the 2nd Annual Family Hiking Day.

One of those hikes, described as "moderate to strenuous and coverfing 7.5 miles, is planned in northeast Georgia in Suches, from Woody Gap to Dockery Lake. This is the only one planned in Georgia. Contact Lawson Herron, lawson14@bellsouth.net, for more information or to register for the hike.

Held on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is a program developed by the ATC to introduce families to the A.T. and all of the benefits that come from spending time outdoors.

With studies showing that children are spending less time outdoors each year, the ATC developed this program to help get families outside and active. All guided hikes will be led by several A.T. maintaining clubs and A.T. Community partners.

"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to host Family Hiking Day," said Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the ATC. "It's a great opportunity to engage families with the outdoors, promote physical exercise, and encourage people to explore their local natural resources."

Participants will also have the opportunity to share their family hiking day experience for a chance to win a REI Flash 18 reversible pack. To enter, stories and photos can be emailed to Julie Judkins at jjudkins@appalachiantrail.org by October 8, 2012. The winning story will be featured in A.T. Journeys, the official magazine for the Appalachian Trail.

For more information about Family Hiking Day or resources for hiking with your family, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/FamilyHike.
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