National Family Hiking Day cures ‘nature deficit disorder’

You won’t find a condition known as ‘nature-deficit disorder’ in medical books. Coined by author Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods, his research purports that today’s children spend less time outdoors, and he further claimed that inadequate time outdoors could be linked to a number of behavioral disorders. Here’s another belief that appears unassailable: American kids and parents need to spend more time together. While both problems require long-term solutions, there is a one-day event coming up that gets kids outside—with their parents. September 28 is National Family Hiking Day , sponsored by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. We are fortunate to live in an area with hundreds of miles of hiking trails—the A.T., Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest. Staff at the visitor center get questions all the time about hiking routes, and we’ll be glad to help you plan a trip--plus you can get maps, great hiking advice and specialized gear at Appalachian Outdoors Adventures. So grab your boots, find your kids, and experience a day outside together. If you want help, call us at 540-743-3915.

Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce 18 Campbell Street Luray, Virginia 22835
Full Desktop Version