National Trails Day is June 4thPosted on May 23, 2016
As an initiative of the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day was first celebrated in 1993 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. It is now an annual event. It is a day to recognize and promote the many benefits of trails, near and far. Whether you live in the city, suburb or country there is probably a trail or pathway close to you. Walking, jogging, cycling, horseback riding, backpacking, skiing, canoeing, kayaking and nature observation are just some of the trail activities that bring us to the outdoors.
In addition to the annual celebration, the intent of Trails Day is to develop a public understanding of trails’ importance and the perseverance required to establish, preserve and maintain them throughout the year. Trails provide health and fitness opportunities, outdoor classrooms for nature study, greenways for wildlife conservation, links with our historic past and economic boosts to regional tourism. National Trails Day helps to bring these efforts and values into focus so more of the public is introduced to this satisfying and affordable recreation. This year is the 23rd anniversary of this highly successful nationwide program. Here in New Jersey we are promoting public awareness of our trails and encouraging all residents to get outside, get active and experience the wonders of our abundant system of all types of trails.