No plans this Saturday? Well it’s American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, so there’s plenty to do. The country’s largest celebration of trails is taking place in every state and will include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects, to name a few. Here are some great events from around the country.
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Hike the Lower Great Range or the Adirondack High Peaks for a great cause—benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The 15-mile hike is no easy feat, but personal coaching, a supportive community and incredible views will keep you going.
Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike to local cultural site, the Mansard Cave. The loop is roughly five miles with about 1,000 feet in elevation gain, but your trek will pay off in breathtaking views of the Grand Staircase and the Kaibab Plateau.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
There’s no better way to celebrate National Trails Day than by giving back, so meet up with volunteers from Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Smoky Mountains Hiking Club for the 19th Annual Work Day on the Appalachian Trail. They’ll be working near Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome and they have the tools, they just need a few helping hands. Afterward, you’ll get a t-shirt and a celebratory dinner after the day’s work.
Denali National Park
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The Denali Trail Crew is kicking off the summer with a bit of volunteer work. On Saturday they’ll be restoring Horseshoe Lake Trail and the surrounding area. After a bit of hiking, volunteers will help with trail construction and restoration, a great way to give back to the incredible parks we love.
Pu`u Ualaka`a State Park
Join the Sierra Club for one of three hikes offered for three different skill levels on Saturday. They ask that you RSVP for the hikes taking place from noon to 4 p.m. in the beautiful Pu`u Ualaka`a State Park.