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Long Hunter State Park's 'Reading Ranger Story Trail' Gives Literacy Legs

Children's Trail Helps Fight Brain-Drain
Posted: 7:57 AM, Jul 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-06 12:57:41Z

There's a way to fight boredom and brain-drain this summer. Long Hunter State Park is giving literacy legs. 

The Reading Ranger Story Trail is quite the page-turner.

"This is a children's trail. I lowered the pages down to about 20-inches," said creator and park ranger Leslie Anne Rawlings. 

The trail combines the beauty of nature and the joy of reading. Rawlings took me on a tour and says the story trail is a first for Tennessee State Parks.

She says it was her mom who first saw a similar trail in their home state of Ohio.

"I said, 'Gosh, Mom you're right," she said.

It took her awhile to find the right place for it.

Little hikers can get exercise and work their way through a children's book.

She hopes the concept catches on and says starting healthy habits early sets kids up for a lifetime of curiosity and appreciation of the great outdoors.