This is a meet up for kids and teens on the autistic spectrum who enjoy hiking. Activities will include local parks in the Northern Virginia area and day trips to Shenandoah National Park. All hiking levels are welcome. I’ve been hiking regularly for the past 7 years with my two children, ages 14 and 11, who are both autistic, and I have seen a positive difference in their self confidence, coordination, and their ability to self-regulate. Both recently completed Mary’s Rock, Stony Man, and Hawksbill Overlook in Shenandoah, and they love to hike parks in Northern Virginia such as Leesylvania, Prince William Forest, Burke Lake, Huntley Meadows, Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail and many others. I’ll post events weeks in advance for planning purposes and try to rotate the parks on a regular basis.
I encourage parents to stick close to their kids throughout the hikes, bring the basic necessities such as water, snacks, rain gear, and obviously the proper shoes. The elevation and fresh air has an immediate calming influence on the kids. Don’t forget a sturdy backpack!
Above all, this will be an opportunity to have fun, socialize, and explore the benefits of nature!