June 2, 2012 is National Trails Day

National Trails Day June 2, 2012

National Trails Day is an American celebration of Americas hiking trail system.  Throughout the United States you will see over 2000 scheduled events celebrating our outdoor trails. I have a few listed below for Pennsylvania and my local area. This celebration is an annual tradition, so make sure you check out your local park or municipality to see what kind of celebration is planned.

If you want to celebrate at home this year’s National Trails Day slogan is “Americas largest TRAILgating Party.” I am sure you can come up with some creative ways to support this slogan.

Valley Forge will host a Trails Fair. The event will be held at the Betzwood Picnic Area from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free programs will include guided hikes focusing on nature and history. Environmental organizations and conservation, health, and trails groups will offer educational clinics and presentations at outdoor exhibits.  There will also be a showcase of the latest in outdoor equipment and gear. Also, this year the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will be partnering with the park with special activities and exhibits as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary.

Pike County is having a celebration, everyone is welcome to come and have a fun morning of light trail work.  Refreshments provided.

Keystone Park in Westmoreland County invites everyone out for a morning of moderate hiking and to help improve the Parks Stone Lodge trail system. We will also learn about Leave No Trace and sample some free Cliff Bars.

This event sounds fun…you ought to check it out. RADNOR TRAIL MOONLIGHT HIKE SATURDAY – JUNE 02, 2012 – RADNOR TRAIL MOONLIGHT HIKE (WAYNE, PA 19080.) Meet at Septa's Wayne train station (inbound side) at 6:00 PM. Enjoy an easy, leisurely late spring evening walk along the asphalt Radnor Rail trail. Afterward, we'll stop at a pub in downtown Wayne for your choice of food and/or drink as we watch the (nearly) full moon rise. Hike is approximately six miles total. Leader: Carol Seelaus, 610-617-7977

In my area they are showcasing the Green Ribbon Trail. Upper Wissahickon Walk Explore the upper section of the Green Ribbon Trail that begins in Upper Gwynedd Township Park, located on Parkside Place, off of Sumneytown Pike in North Wales. View the stream restoration work that WVWA completed this year! Meet at the parking lot across from the swimming pool.

Be prepared, these celebrations are working to help promote relationships, so you might walk away with some new friends.

Whatever you choose to do on June 2nd, National Trails Day, have a great time and stay safe! 

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