#FindYourWay to the Rivers & Trails 50th Anniversary

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In 2018, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System!

This year, the National Park Service and our partners are inviting visitors from all backgrounds to #FindYourWay... to explore America’s national scenic, recreational, and historic trails and wild and scenic rivers—and all rivers and trails in your neighborhood and beyond.

On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers acts, establishing the two systems. Criteria for designation vary, and elements of the systems are stewarded by a variety of federal, state, and local agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Army Corps of Engineers.

From inspiring stories to fun anniversary events, the 50th is a unique opportunity to #FindYourWay to your own inspirational moments along America’s exceptional rivers and scenic and historic trails!

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Trails & Hiking

Find trips and tips for hiking in national parks across the country for any level of experience and types of trails.

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Explore Rivers

Follow the flow of rivers to discover the diverse history, intriguing wildlife, and stunning scenery along their paths.

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National Trails System

Connecting the country, trails in the system encourage enjoyment of the nation's scenery, history, and recreational opportunities.

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Wild & Scenic Rivers System

Set aside for their outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values, rivers in the system are an opportunity to explore.

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  • Grand Portage National Monument

    Heritage Center Summer Hours

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    The Heritage Center is Open Year Around.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Grand Portage National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Grand Portage National Monument

    Heritage Center Summer Hours

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    The Heritage Center is Open Year Around.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Grand Portage National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Grand Portage National Monument

    Heritage Center Summer Hours

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    The Heritage Center is Open Year Around.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Grand Portage National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Grand Portage National Monument

    Heritage Center Summer Hours

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    The Heritage Center is Open Year Around.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Grand Portage National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Outdoor Adventure Festival

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    The three-day festival celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

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    • Time: 7:00 AM
    • Location: Region-wide but starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49 Porter, Indiana
    • Fees: Free but registration required
  • Grand Portage National Monument

    Heritage Center Summer Hours

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    The Heritage Center is Open Year Around.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Grand Portage National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Bluestone National Scenic River

    Love Your Park Work Day at Lilly

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Join us for a trail and parking area improvement service project at Lilly and along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Lilly (meeting place to be determined)
    • Fees: free
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Outdoor Adventure Festival

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    The three-day festival celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

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    • Time: 7:00 AM
    • Location: Region-wide but starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49 Porter, Indiana
    • Fees: Free but registration required
  • Grand Portage National Monument

    Heritage Center Summer Hours

    Sunday, October 7, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    The Heritage Center is Open Year Around.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Grand Portage National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Outdoor Adventure Festival

    Sunday, October 7, 2018

    The three-day festival celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

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    • Time: 7:00 AM
    • Location: Region-wide but starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49 Porter, Indiana
    • Fees: Free but registration required
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Park-to-Park Hike

    Sunday, October 7, 2018

    Hike with friends between Tumacácori and Tubac on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Catch the free shuttle back to your starting point.

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    • Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
    • Fees: FREE
  • Grand Portage National Monument

    Heritage Center Summer Hours

    Monday, October 8, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    The Heritage Center is Open Year Around.

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Grand Portage National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Peak to Peak Annual Hiking Event

    Saturday, October 13, 2018

    Explore Woodstock's trails during the height of fall color, with snacks and activities for all ages along the way. Join guided hikes to scenic viewpoints on Mount Peg or Mount Tom - or grab a Walk Woodstock map and head out on your own.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Mount Peg and Mount Tom, Woodstock, VT
  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    6th Annual Anza Day at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Celebrate Anza Days with the Anza Trial Color Guard and experience historic presentations, food, educational booths and more!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road Green Valley, AZ
    • Fees: Free