National Trails Day
It doesn’t matter where you are, there is a past-time that brings adventure. That past-time is hiking. Millions of people hike new and old trails each year in search of the great outdoors and the love of the natural world.
National Trails Day is a celebration of these brave souls and all the places where nature still reigns supreme. It’s good for your soul and for your well-being.
Americanhiking.org organized this celebration with the intention of bringing together all trail-sport enthusiasts powered by muscle and increasing awareness to them.
There are thousands of events held all across the country, attracting hikers of all ages and helping to organize people to maintain trails for future enjoyment.
America has more than 200,000 miles worth of trails. It takes all the efforts of trail enthusiasts to keep them open for everyone to enjoy.
It’s a great way for you to discover new adventures. There are beautiful natural discoveries made by those who venture out.
National Trails Day offers the perfect opportunity for you to go back on the trails, whether you are hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Trails range in length from less than a mile to the 2,200-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This trail is known as A.T. 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships and organizations, including the National Park Service.
National Trails Day has a history that goes back over fifty years. There were never any government-mandated trails in the past. In October 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Trails Act. This created a network for recreation and tourism. The system grew over the years and new sections were added by local authorities to encourage outdoor pursuits.
A little over a decade later in 1976, The Hiking Society was officially established and began holding board meetings. A series of other initiatives were launched over the years to increase the number of trails that are available for people and encourage them to explore them. A Presidential task force in 1987 concluded that more government support was needed to increase the number of trails and protect the environment. According to the report, federal authorities needed to provide more funding for local officials who would be able develop the trails and protect their natural resources.
Soon, the issue of trails became a political hot topic. The Trails Agenda Project, a borrow from the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors, recommended that the country begin a “trails-for-all project” in 1990.
The Hiking Society was formed in 1991 to explore ways to improve the network of trails and to suggest possible solutions. The idea was to create a program to encourage volunteers to join trail maintenance networks and to raise awareness about trails. The society created the first National Trails Day in 1993. It has been operating ever since. They are well worth celebrating because of the amazing enjoyment they provide. The 20th anniversary trail day celebration was attended by more than 157,000 people.
There are many ways to celebrate Trails Day. It is best to go hiking on trails. There are thousands of miles to explore in the US, so there is always something new to discover. Volunteering with an organization like the Appalachian Trail Conservatory is a great way to get involved if you’re already a trail enthusiast.
A fun way to celebrate is with your dog. There are thousands of miles of trails that can be found in every area, and most of them will allow your dog. A day spent on the trails together can help you bond and get some exercise.
You can also ride a decent off-road bike if hiking is not your thing. Dogs love to run alongside their owners who are pedal-powered. It can be a great way for them to get some exercise.
Are you a social media guru? If you are, then you could highlight the many benefits trail hiking offers to society via your social media accounts. Live-streaming your adventures can be a great way to get others interested in the outdoors and keep them entertained.
Get your bags packed and get out there on National Trails Day. Who knows what beauty you might find? You can find your inner peace on the trails. Everyone needs it.