Joanne DeMoss, (202) 565-1200
Every year on first Saturday in June, over one million hikers, bikers, equestrians, and other trail users flock to their favorite trails to discover, celebrate, and learn about trails as part of National Trails Day. This year, the Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance Program (Rivers & Trails) of the National Park Service (NPS) will participate in more than 20 National Trails Day events nationwide. Rivers & Trails is the community resource of the NPS that works with local citizens groups to preserve valuable open spaces, revitalize nearby rivers, and develop trail and greenway networks.
“National Trails Day is a time for all trail users to celebrate and enjoy their trails,” said NPS Director Robert Stanton. “Through the Rivers and Trails Program, the National Park Service is able to extend its mission far beyond the boundaries of our majestic national parks by helping to preserve natural treasures close to home.”
Now in its eighth year, National Trails Day — the only national celebration of America's trails — consists of events including new trail dedications, workshops, educational exhibits, equestrian and mountain bike rides, water trail paddling, rollerblading, trail maintenance and hikes on America's favorite trails.
Rivers & Trails will celebrate National Trails Day with communities across the country. Events include:
California: Trail Maintenance Day at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Connecticut: Skateboard and rollerblade tour of the Windsor Trails in Windsor
Georgia: National Recreation Trails Designation Ceremony on the Columbus Black Heritage Trail
Iowa: Hiking and canoeing events to promote the “Trail of Two Cities” in northeast Iowa
Maryland: Bicycle ride on the Henson Creek Trail in Prince George’s County
New Hampshire: Kayak access cleanup on the Connecticut River Water Trail in Lyme
New York: Trail Blazing Project at the Bronx River Festival in New York City
Ohio: Captain Nye’s Fishing Derby on the Ohio & Erie Canal in Akron
Oregon: Wellness walk on the Morrow County Columbia River Heritage Trail in Boardman
South Dakota: Music and celebration on the Missouri River Trail System in Pierre
South Carolina: Millennium Walk on the Greenwood Heritage Trail in Greenwood
Texas: Dedication ceremony at the Williamson Creek Trail in Austin
Vermont: Trail construction work on the Cross Vermont Trail near the Wells River
Wisconsin: Trail cleanup on the future Beerline Bike Path in Milwaukee
Since its inception, the Rivers & Trails program has assisted in more than 1000 projects in all 50 states. In FY 1999 alone, Rivers & Trails assistance led to the protection of 1400 miles of trails, 400 miles of river corridor, and 11,000 acres of open space nationwide.
National Trails Day is organized by the American Hiking Society, a recreation-based conservation organization dedicated to establishing, protecting and maintaining America's foot trails. Additional support comes from federal agency supporters including the NPS, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.
For more information about the Rivers & Trails Program, visit www.ncrc.nps.gov/rtca or call (202)565-1200. For more information about National Trails Day, visit www.americanhiking.org or call (301)565-6704.