Saturday, June 4th is National Trails Day and there are thousands of planned events across the country and millions of miles of unstructured hiking opportunities for you to enjoy. The American Hiking Society offers four ways to make the most of the day.
1. Get Active
- Hike, bike or paddle your favorite trail or discover some place totally new to you. In North Dakota, Lake Metigoshe State Park is offering a canoeing program (with gear provided).
2. Get Smart
- Join a guided hike. Red Mountain Park, in Alabama, is just one of many locations offering guided walks on the 4th.
- Go birding. Breaks Interstate Park, Virginia is offering an early morning bird hike with a local expert.
- Take a course. In Northern California, the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association is conducting a Leave No Trace trainer course.
3. Join the Celebration
- Go to a trail opening or dedication. If you’re in Kansas, join the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department as they dedicate the latest Turkey Creek Streamway Trail extension.
4. Give Back
- Pack a garbage bag and clean up the trailhead area or the entire length of one of your favorite trails.
- Volunteer to do a little trail maintenance. In Perrot State Park, Wisconsin, volunteers can join in to repair a section of the Brady’s Bluff Trail with professional trailbuilder Willie Bittner of Great Lakes Trailbuilders.
- Introduce a newbie to the joys of hiking and mountain biking. This one’s wide open to everyone, everywhere!
What are you going to do to celebrate?