The Frederick Stake LDS Church and Catoctin Mountain Park Celebrate National Trails Day with Special Trail Activities

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Date: May 31, 2015
Contact: Debra Mills, 301-663-9388

Catoctin Mountain Park joins the Frederick Stake LDS Church, Cunningham Falls State Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Gambrill State Park in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6.

As the nation's largest organized celebration of trails, the concept of National Trails Day®evolved in the late '80s and '90s when trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies joined forces to unlock the vast potential in America's National Trails System. The goal was to transform a collection of local paths into a true network of interconnected trails and vested trail organizations. This collective mindset hatched the idea of a singular day where the greater trail community could band together behind the NTD moniker to show their pride and dedication to the National Trails System.

The 2015 National Trails Day®project, coordinated by Catoctin Mountain Park volunteer Jim Robbins embodies the concept and ideals of the annual event. Approximately 80 members of the Frederick Stake LDS Church will work in Catoctin Mountain Park removing invasive Japanese Barberry and improving the trail tread on the Catoctin Mountain National Recreation Trail in the area north of Route 77, and on the Tracks Trail from Camp Round Meadow to and including the Brown's Farm Trail in Owens Creek Picnic Area. Additional volunteers will complete similar projects on public lands from Catoctin Mountain Park to Gambrill State Park.

The park trail crew does not have the capacity to supervise additional volunteers on June 6, but potential trail volunteers are encouraged to contact the Park Visitor Center staff at 301-663-9388 or by emailing e-mail us to learn more about additional trail maintenance activities.

Catoctin Mountain Park is one of over 400 units administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The park Visitor Center, located on State Route 77 three miles west of Thurmont, Maryland, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Correspondence should be addressed to: Superintendent, Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Our website address is www.nps.gov/cato.General information can be obtained by calling the Visitor Center at (301) 663-9388.

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Last updated: June 2, 2015

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