Hawksbill peak in national park to be illuminated blue this Saturday

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LURAY — Taking part in a worldwide event this weekend, Hawksbill Point at Shenandoah National Park will be illuminated in blue lights for World Autism Awareness Day, April 2. Buildings all around the world, including the Empire State Building, Chicago's Willis Tower and Toronto's CN Center will glow blue this Saturday night.

Known as the "Light It Up Blue" campaign, the local version is being called "Hike It Up Blue," and is in its second year.

Started by Lou Brooks, whose daughter has autism, the event features a hike to the top of Hawksbill Point, then the lights will be turned on.

"Our Hike It Up Blue event will once again light up the highest point in Shenandoah National Park on Autism Awareness Day," Brooks said. "Last year was a great success and this year we plan on making it even bigger."

There are two hiking options for those interested. One begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, from the bottom of White Oak Canyon. For a less intense hike, others can meet the group at Skyline Drive beginning at 7:30.

From there, the group will hike to the top of Hawksbill Point.

Those interested in registering for the hike, or making a tax-deductible donation can search "Hike It Up Blue" on Facebook for their event page, or an email can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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