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George Washington Carver National Monument is hosting several hiking options during National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4th, beginning at 8:00 am. This event is free of charge. Learn more about the benefits of hiking, local trails, hiking safety, and Leave No Trace concepts with the Dogwood Trailblazers Walking Club, the Joplin Trails Coalition, and park staff. National Trails Day coincides with National Prairie Day and hikers will traverse woodlands and prairies at George Washington Carver National Monument. There is a hiking option for everyone, so choose the one best for you!
8:00 a.m. - Join a park ranger and members of the Dogwood Trailblazers Walking Club to “Find Your Park” on a 3-mile boundary hike through the prairie fields and woodlands, a moderate hike of about 90 minutes. There is a 1.5-mile option available consisting mostly of tallgrass prairie. Hikers will join in a discussion about George Washington Carver’s childhood years at the site, plus a history of the restoration and maintenance of the tallgrass prairie. Please wear sturdy footwear for this moderate hike, bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Park in the main parking lot and meet at the flagpole. We begin promptly at 8 o’clock!
10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Participate in a ranger led tour on the ¾-mile Carver Trail and learn the life story of George Washington Carver. This easy hike takes approximately 1.25 hours and there is seating along the way. Self-guided hikes are also available and take about 30 minutes.
11:00 a.m. - Join a park ranger near the visitor center for a hiking safety discussion about essential items you may need while hiking. Learn about trail tips, trail etiquette, hiking safety, and “Leave No Trace.” Find out more about the new NPS Wellness Challenge, a Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative.
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Contact InformationCurtis Gregory