National Trails Day, June 1, is a many-splendored thing,
because the trails it celebrates cover such a vast spectrum. Trails are long
and short, urban and rural, for taking a gentle stroll through the wilderness and
for picking up the groceries.
Trails have become as diverse and varied as the American
people they serve. As America has changed over the decades, so too has the
humble trail evolved into an important part of everyday life for millions of
National Trails Day is the perfect moment to
celebrate the trail that you use and appreciate, whatever its size, shape or
style. Hosted by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day offers a wide
variety of community events, hikes and rides, demonstrations and work parties
to get involved in.
National Trails Day is also the perfect excuse to simply get
out on your local trail and enjoy it however you can. One of the most potent
forms of advocacy is just being on the trail, using it whenever you can,
demonstrating support with your presence.
For those friends looking for that next level of involvement
on National Trails Day, here's a few RTC things happening around National
Senior RTC executive staff (the head honchos) will join
Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new
rail-trail project in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the latest improvement made possible by the terrific Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. (May 31, 11:30 a.m., Workers' Water
Street Park). More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RTC's Eric Oberg, Friends of the Little Miami Scenic Trail
and REI will host a
community working bee on the Friends of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. More
In California, our manager of trail development in the west,
Barry Bergman, will be at the Compton Creek Trail where local residents will
continue their hard work improving this underused pathway. He'll also announce
the winners of the first annual Compton Creek Art Competition. More info:
If you're anywhere near southern Illinois, we strongly
encourage you to check out the shebang along the Tunnel Hill State Trail.
Featured in the most recent edition of Rails to Trails magazine, this 47.5-mile
rail-trail is truly both a spectacular and serene ride. On June 1, the Taste of
Tunnel Hill Trail Bike Ride is the perfect opportunity to ride the trail and
sample some delicious local produce. Good deal. More info:
Whatever you get up to on National Trails Day, have a good
Photo of the Met Branch Trail in Washington, D.C., by RTC
Photo of Tunnel Hill State Trail courtesy TrailLink.com