Launched in 1993, National Trails Day evolved during the Reagan Administration from a report urging Americans to have access to trails within fifteen minutes of leaving their home. The trails would lead them through their towns and cities and bring them back home without having to retrace their steps. National Trails Day is the only nationwide celebration of trails to increase awareness of trails and celebrates the hard work and support of all the people involved in creating and maintaining the trails. Since 1993, National Trails Day has grown to all 50 states, as well as, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam and the Virgin Islands. In 2011, there were 2,063 events, 330,000 participants, 7,626 miles hiked/biked, 799 trail projects completed, 188,833 volunteer hours invested. All together totaling $4 million worth of work. This year the event will be held on June 2, 2012.
The events included on this day can be anything from hiking, dog walking, bike riding, trail maintenance, birding, wildlife photography, geocaching, paddle trips, trail running, trail dedications, health-focused programs, and children’s activities. Anything involving the outdoors is celebrated and encouraged on National Trails Day. If there’s an event that you don’t see, but wish there was, you can plan it and register it with the American Hiking Society.
For more information on National Trails Day check out the American Hiking Society website.
If you’re planning on participating, be sure to go to MSJ and customize a shirt to let everyone know you Live To Hike!