Every year the American Hiking Society sponsors National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June. It’s an opportunity to get out on the trail by hiking, running, horseback riding, biking, wildlife viewing, photography, geocaching, paddling trips or doing trail maintenance.
Go exploring on your own, or if you are looking for a group event, the website has a search function to find one near you!
From the AHS website: “By coordinating a wide array of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly passionate trail advocates and stewards.”
Take a look at some numbers from last year’s event:
• 25,900 trail volunteers (maintaining 1,200 miles of trail)
• 8,200 cyclists
• 4,000 paddlers
• 1,700 equestrians