Hike, pedal or paddle along your favorite local trails. Meet fellow hikers at a community trail celebration. Pitch in to clean up an area you care about. Get involved in your local outdoor organization.
Whether you walk, hike, ride or glide, there are countless ways to join American Hiking Society on the trail June 7 to celebrate National Trails Day 2008. Now in its 16th year, National Trails Day brings outdoor enthusiasts across the country together to celebrate America’s magnificent trail system.
Many exciting events are happening across the nation, and areas of the south and southeast offer a wealth of ways to experience your outdoors this National Trails Day, including:
McClean, Virginia: Experience American Hiking Society's signature event at Scotts Run Nature Preserve along the Potomac River. Enjoy a welcome ceremony, refreshments and several trail work projects including re-routing trail sections, constructing erosion control devices and removing invasive plants.
Atlanta, Georgia: The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club hosts National Trails Day at Stone Mountain Park, a full-day event featuring a variety of hikes, exhibits, workshops, demonstrations and children's activities.
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Grab your kids and bikes and head to National Trails Day on Raccoon Mountain. The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association will be opening a new kid-friendly, beginner biking and hiking trail. Mountain bike rides for all ability levels will be offered, followed by a cookout.
Inverness, Florida: The Florida Trail Gateway Community National Trails Day celebration features with a full day of hiking, exhibits, refreshments, prizes and the Florida Trail Gateway Community sign unveiling.
Clermont, Kentucky: Join friends at Bernheim Forest and take part in a 6.5-mile guided hike on the Millennium Trail and visit discovery stations to learn about the area. There also will be a kids' walkabout on a new self-guided trail and new trail dedications.
Wedgefield, South Carolina: Celebrate water trails with a kayak trip through the Wateree Swamp. Explore its waterways and discover the wildlife that lives within the swamp, led by a highly experienced guide who’ll show you his secret launch spot.
For details on the events listed above or hundreds of other events taking place across the nation, visit AmericanHiking.org/NTD.aspx. Join us on the trail this June 7!
Ivan Levin, Trail Programs Manager
(301) 565-6704, x. 208
Bobbi Sankey, Communications Manager
(301) 565-6704, x. 204