Annual event showcases & honors America’s recreation trails
I have a quiver of walking poles. These include various brands of specific Nordic Walking poles and a pair of hiking poles that have hundreds of miles and many seasons on them. I keep the rubber booties on some of the Nordic Walking poles and grab those for my daily morning 2-miler right in town, and I leave the tips off others when I know I’m heading for an unpaved trail. For harder mountain treks, I take more rugged hiking/trekking poles. To me, trails are treasures — whether along a rushing stream, across a meadow, through the forest or up a mountain. I am fortunate to live in a state, a metropolitan area, a city and a county laced with trails. All are open for Nordic Walkers, runners and hikers, so I celebrate National Trails Day with gratitude.
The American Hiking Society’s 16th annual National Trails Day, which this year is on Saturday, June 4, adapts to each participating community’s needs: group hikes or bike ride, horseback ride, maintenance project, paddle trip, health fair, children’s event and more. To find your nearest event, click here and scroll down. Either enter your zip code in the appropriate box or click on you state on the U.S., and you’ll get a list of options. Join, donate and participate to make this day a national success.