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Hoof it through Appalachian hills as family
Conservancy group hosts hiking day trip
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Pick up a pole and drop a line

In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Unicoi State Park has several outdoor activities for the whole family as part of Outdoor Adventure Day. Visitors can participate in fly tying and casting, BB gun, archery and skeet shooting. Wildlife shows with live animals, hayrides and fishing tips from professional guides are part of the day.

Saturday also is a free fishing day for Georgia residents, meaning no fishing licenses is required that day. Smith Creek will be stocked with trout for family fishing opportunities. A limited number of loaner poles will be available.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting, in the large field downstream from Unicoi Lake Dam. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Restroom facilities also will be available.

For more information about other National Hunting and Fishing Day events, visit

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, along with its Appalachian Trail Community partners and 31 trail-maintaining clubs, invite families to take a hike on the trail on Saturday during the fourth annual Family Hiking Day.

Held trailwide on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day was developed by the ATC to introduce families to the A.T. and the benefits of spending time outdoors.

With studies showing children are spending less time outdoors each year, the ATC developed this program to help get kids, youth, families and trailside neighbors outside and active. Hiking the A.T. is not only good  exercise, it also provides an opportunity to create lasting memories and long-term appreciation for protected public lands.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to host Family Hiking Day for the fourth year,” said Ron Tipton, 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 natural and cultural heritage on the Appalachian Trail.”

For more information, including guided hikes, a list of suggested hikes by state, and activities and tips, visit 

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