Family Hiking Day 2017!!

Most of my favorite childhood memories have to do with the great outdoors and family trips spent hiking and camping. There is something magical about being exposed to the wild world of Mother Nature as a small child. It broadens your comfort zone, exposes you to the unfamiliar and emboldens your imagination and your sense of adventure. Best of all, maybe, it builds a platform at a young age on which a healthy lifestyle of physical activity and mental health can be lived out!

On Saturday, September 30th, join the Blairsville community for Family Hike Day, brought to our community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, the Mountain High Hikers, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Wether you and your family are avid hikers, or just getting out together for the first time, come along for a great hike at the TVA Trail at Nottely Reservoir Trail Parking #2 off of Hwy 325, just 1.5 miles past the Nottely Lake Dam.

The hike will begin at 8:30am and will be led by George Owen. George, who is a father to two children and grandfather of four grandchildren, has in the past led hikes in Switzerland as a guide for ten years and also in parts of the USA. He is involved in several hiking clubs in the Southeast, two of them as both maintenance director and constructions director and two as president. He is a wealth of information about the local area and particularly these mountains!

We understand that sometimes it can be hard to wrangle the whole family together to meet at a specific place, at a specific time, on a specific day! If you are unable to join an official Family Hike Day event, you can still participate by hiking on the A.T. with your family on Saturday, September 30th or Sunday, October 1st and sharing a photo or video via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ATFamilyHike. Doing so will automatically enter you into a contest for a chance to win one of five Osprey Packs! Entires can also be emailed to and all winners will be announced on October 1st.

For more information on planning a family hike throughout the year and suggestions of family-friendly day hikes on the A.T., visit

This awesome event is brought to you by these incredible groups:

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce

Mountain High Hikers

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club

Benton MacKaye Trail Association

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