Organized by the American Hiking Society and local trail groups across the country, National Trails Day,
Saturday, June 2, is the perfect opportunity to spend an early summer's day on
a rail-trail near you.
Whether it's a first-time walk along a trail you've long
been meaning to check out, or rolling up the sleeves and doing some satisfying
clean-up and maintenance work, it is easy to join the millions of Americans
showing their appreciation for our growing trails system on National Trails
If you're looking for something to do on National Trails
Day, here are a few events taking place on rail-trails...
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is using National Trails Day as the perfect moment to celebrate the induction of West Virginia's Greenbrier River Trail into the RTC Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. We are hosting a free community celebration in the lovely town of Marlinton, and are inviting all our friends and supporters (that's you) to come along. Following the induction ceremony at the 9th Street trailhead at 1p.m., there will be a barbecue lunch in Marlinton Park at 1:30 p.m., and a guided ride and walk leaving at 3 p.m. More info: contact RTC's Jake Lynch at 202.974.5107, or at email@example.com.
In upstate New York, the Victor Hiking Trails organization
will again host a series of hikes along the Auburn Trail. The event will begin
at 8:30 a.m. at the Fishers Fire Station #1, 7853 Main Street, Fishers, with a
free continental breakfast. All are welcome to have some juice, coffee, tea,
pastries and fruit and learn about the more than 50 miles of trails in Victor.
Guided hikes for different abilities begin at 9 a.m. Free pizza lunch
afterwards! You can't beat that. Register at 585.234.8226 before May 30. More
The people of Danvers, Mass., are throwing a huge party on
June 2 to celebrate the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the Danvers
Rail-Trail. It's going to be a big day in Danvers, with too many activities to
list--but here's the gist: music, farmers market, pancake breakfast, magic,
face painting, local bands, local bites, local beers, bike raffle... and of
course, a stroll along the trail. More info: www.danversrailtrail.org
On the West Coast, the city of Milwaukie, Ore., just south
of Portland, will host a celebration June 2 to mark the completion of the
six-mile Trolley Trail, a much-anticipated rail-trail project that has been 10
years in the making. There will be activities for kids, tours of an historical trollery, information about the trail, entertainment, snacks and refreshments,
and a guided walk at this free event. The celebration is happening at Oak Grove
Elementary School, 2150 S.E. Torbank Road, Milwaukie. More info: ncprd.com
On the edge of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, the communities
of Clearfield, Clinton, Layton, Kaysville and Farmington are inviting walkers,
runners, bicyclists, inline skaters and skateboarders to take on a section, or
all 14 miles, of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail. Leashed dogs
are allowed, and in support of National Trails Day event organizers will have
special activities along the route. More info: www.clearfieldcity.org, or call Clearfield
Community Services at 801.525.2790.
There is plenty happening on the Montour Trail (pictured left) outside
Pittsburgh, Pa. Cecil Friends of the Montour Trail are hosting the 8th annual
5k 'Tails for Trails' fun dog walk, June 2, between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. More
info: contact Mary Ellen McKenna at 412.445.0185, or Dennis Sims at 412.496.4308,
or visit www.montourtrail.org.
The Friends of the Montour Trail in Bethel Park are holding
their 7th annual JR Taylor Memorial Bridge 5K Race/Walk on June 2. About 300
runners and walkers are expected to participate in the event. Register at www.runhigh.com.
Proceeds from the race will help maintain and upgrade the trail and promote the
continuing extension of the trail in the community and neighboring communities.
If there isn't an event on your local rail-trail, it's easy
to start one. Get a group of friends, reach out through your trail managers or
local volunteers, and meet up for a ride, walk, run, or do a bit of spring
Or, find trail events near you at the National Trails Day
Whatever you do, we hope you have a wonderful National
Photo of "Walk a Hound" event on the Morgana Run Trail courtesy of Slavic Village Development Corp.
Photo of the Montour Trail courtesy of Mark Imgrund/www.montourtrail.org.